Chiropody

Chiropody & Foot Care Services

Serving Barrie, Ontario

A Chiropodist is a specialized primary health care practitioner who focuses on treating conditions of the foot and ankle. Chiropodists play an important role in health promotion and disease prevention of the foot and ankle.

Our Chiropodist is trained to treat all ages and conditions, and will help you keep your feet happy and healthy though several specialized assessments and education sessions. Chiropodists do not need doctor referrals, and can prescribe medication, perform soft tissue surgery, and prescribe and assess for custom foot orthotics and orthopedic shoes.

Conditions Treated

  • Ankle pain
  • Bunions
  • Corns/Callous
  • Clawing toes
  • Diabetic foot care
  • Gout
  • Hammer toes
  • Knee pain
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar fasciitis (Heel pain, Arch pain)
  • Pediatric foot care
  • Shin splints
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Ingrown toenail surgery
  • Orthotics
  • Orthopedic shoes
  • Plantar warts
  • Plantar wart surgery
  • Fungal nails
  • Routine nail care
  • Gait analysis
  • Running analysis
  • Thick toenails
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Ankle and foot strapping
  • Medical grade compression stockings

Meet Our Chiropodist & Foot Specialist

Brittney Wirtz, Hon. B.A., D.Ch.
Chiropodist & Foot Specialist

Brittney is very excited to be a part of the Footprint Health and Wellness team here in South Barrie. As a primary health care practitioner in chiropody, Brittney is involved in the assessment and management of foot and lower limb conditions. ... Read More

Credentials:

  • Honors B.A. in Kinesiology and Physical Education, Wilfrid Laurier University – 2010
  • Advanced Graduate Diploma in Chiropody, The Michener Institute – 2014
  • Registered Chiropodist: The College of Chiropodists of Ontario

Frequently Asked Questions About Chiropody

What is the difference between a Chiropodist and a Podiatrist?

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.”

What is the difference between a Canadian versus American trained Chiropodist/Podiatrist?

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.

What education is needed to become a Chiropodist in Ontario?

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 honours degree in science, 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.

Do I need to see a Chiropodist?

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!

Why see a Chiropodist for custom orthotics?

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.

How can shockwave therapy help my painful heel and Achilles tendon?

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.

What’s the difference between a Chiropodist and Podiatrist?

Nothing—it’s just terminology. Depending on where you practice in Canada you will be licensed as a Podiatrist or a Chiropodist. In Ontario, we all must be licensed under the Collage of Chiropodists of Ontario and call ourselves Chiropodists. If your insurance will cover treatments from a Podiatrist, they will likely take claims from a Chiropodist.

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