Frequently Asked Questions
Information on Foot Care
What is a podiatrist?
A podiatrist, also called a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, is a specialist who provides medical diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle problems, such as bunions, heel pain, spurs, hammertoes, neuromas, ingrown toenails, warts, corns, and calluses. A podiatrist also renders care of sprains, fractures, infections, and injuries of the foot, ankle, and heel.
In addition to undergraduate medical school training, podiatrists also attend graduate school for a doctorate degree in podiatry. Podiatrists are required to pass provincial and national exams, as well as be licensed by the province in which they practice. Currently, there are an estimated 70 registered podiatrists in Ontario.
Podiatrists are in demand more than ever today because of a rapidly aging population. In addition, according to the Canadian Podiatric Medical Association, foot disorders are among the most widespread and neglected health problems affecting people in this country. Typically, podiatrists:
- Consult with patients and other physicians on how to prevent foot problems.
- Diagnose and treat tumours, ulcers, fractures, skin and nail diseases, and deformities.
- Perform surgeries to correct or remedy problems such as bunions, claw toes, fractures, hammertoes, infections, and injuries to ligaments and tendons.
- Prescribe therapies and make use of diagnostic test results, including ultrasound and lab tests.
- Prescribe or fit patients with inserts called orthotics that correct walking patterns.
- Treat conditions such as bone disorders, bunions, corns, calluses, cysts, heel spurs, infections, ingrown nails, and plantar fasciitis.
Remember This About Podiatrists: Around the world, no segment of the health profession sees and treats more foot problems day by day than a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. If symptoms develop, see your podiatrist promptly. We only have one pair of feet to last a lifetime!
How is my privacy protected?
We are required by law to follow the rules and regulations of both the Canadian Federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and the Province of Ontario’s Personal Health Information Protection Act. More information on these acts can be found on the Canadian Government’s portal website and the Ontario Legislation’s portal website.
Does OHIP cover podiatry care?
OHIP will cover a small portion of your visit and a small portion of the cost of any X-rays that we do, but it does not provide fee-for-service for podiatry care. Therefore, the balance on your account is the amount you are responsible for paying. Private insurance carriers may reimburse for many of our products and services. Check with your insurance provider for details.
How far does an average person walk?
The average person walks an average of 184,000 km during his/her lifetime.