Frequently Asked Questions

Common Questions for our Clinic & Chiropody

Clinic FAQs

We do offer direct billing whenever possible for Chiropody (foot care), however the list of insurance companies that allow direct billing for Chiropody is small and most of the time payment is required at the clinic before submitting the claim yourself to your provider.
Yes, directly out front of our main entrance there are two spots.

Chiropody: No you do not need a referral. Chiropodists are primary health care practitioners and insurance companies usually do not require a doctor referral. However, it’s always a good idea to check all insurance requirements before you book an appointment.


  • Initial appointment (your first time visiting the chiropodist) is for 30 min, and all standard follow up appointments are 15 min. Depending on the needs of each patient, some follow up appointments may take longer.

Our address is 222 Mapleview Drive West Unit #10 In South Barrie. The clinic faces Mapleview drive, and is a storefront unit in a new building.

No, OHIP does not pay for your appointment. You are responsible for payment, or you may have extended health insurance coverage that will cover the fees.

The intake form can either be filled out online prior to the appointment or you can arrive 10 minutes prior to appointment start time to fill out a paper copy.

Chiropody FAQs

Chiropody is the original terminology for foot medicine, while Podiatry is a newer term referring to the same line of work. Nowadays, most countries in the world have adopted the new term ‘Podiatry’ and have simply changed the professional name from Chiropody to Podiatry. It’s the same job, just a newer name.

Under the Ontario Chiropody Act, Chiropody is defined as “the assessment of the foot, and the treatment and prevention of diseases disorders, or dysfunctions of the foot by therapeutic, orthotic or palliative means.”

There is one place where Podiatry is a very different profession than Chiropody. In the United States, Podiatry is essentially a branch of medical school where practitioners can perform more invasive surgical interventions, such as: bunion surgery, hammertoe correction, amputations, and more. Podiatrists who have trained in the USA and move to Ontario to practice must license themselves as a Chiropodist, and only practice under the scope allowed by the College of Chiropodists. Anyone who moved to Ontario to practice Podiatry prior to 1993 has been grandfathered to maintain their title as ‘Podiatrist,’ which is why you may have seen or heard about Podiatrists in Ontario. This is the only exception for the name rule.

Ontario is one of the few places that still uses the term ‘Chiropodist’ and is home to one of the only “foot medicine” programs in Canada. After achieving a 4-year university degree in either a Bachelors of Science or Bachelors of Kinesiology, practitioners must attend the Michener Institute’s Chiropody program for an additional 3 years (7 semesters). Upon graduation, practitioners are eligible to write the examinations with the College of Chiropodists of Ontario. Only after successfully passing several examinations and becoming a member with the College of Chiropodists can one finally call themselves a Chiropodist and practice Chiropody in Ontario.

Anyone who has a foot concern should have an assessment with a Chiropodist. We are foot and ankle specialists—it’s all we do! Some people come in just for a foot checkup to make sure everything is working well, joints are aligned, and there are no issues. Other reasons to visit might include: foot pain, a funny growth on your foot, a diabetes diagnosis, toenails turning a different colour, painful ingrown toenails, child foot pain/alignment issues, orthotics for heel pain, orthopedic shoes, and so on. It’s better to treat an issue before it becomes a big problem, so do not hesitate to find a Chiropodist and get educated on your unique set of feet and how they can be working better for you!

Many other practitioners will advertise that they make custom foot orthotics. Do not trust your feet, and subsequent orthotics, with just anyone! Chiropodists are foot and ankle specialists! We have been trained for over 3 years on foot conditions and how to treat them. To a Chiropodist, orthotics are corrective devices that promote entire body wellness. It’s a very important device to get right, and if not made correctly, can cause further pain and issues. Get a proper and detailed biomechanical and gait analysis by a trained foot expert to receive the best care for your feet and body alignment.

If you are struggling with stubborn plantar fasciitis or painful ongoing Achilles tendonitis, shockwave therapy may be a fantastic option to treat your pain. There is overwhelming evidence that supports shockwave as the best choice for certain conditions that do not respond well to other forms of treatment. Heel and Achilles pain can be quite stubborn, and don’t always respond to more traditional treatments, such as strapping, ultrasound, orthotics, icing, and stretching. Shockwave treatment involves sending mechanical pressure waves into the painful tissue to stimulate your body’s natural healing process, without the use of drugs! There is usually an immediate reduction of pain and increased mobility even after the first session. Everyone is different, but on average you will need 3-5 sessions, and each will last about 10 minutes long.


222 Mapleview Drive, Unit #10 South Barrie, Ontario


Monday Closed
Tuesday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday Closed