Chiropodists and Podiatrists
What is the difference between a Podiatrist and a Chiropodist?
There is no denying that the two titles cause some confusion. The simple answer is that there is no significant difference between Chiropodists and Podiatrists in Ontario. Both professions are regulated by the College of Chiropodists of Ontario. The difference in title is determined by which country the chiropody or podiatry degree was obtained.
The practitioners using the title Podiatrist in Ontario actually graduated outside Ontario (in US for example) and moved to Ontario before 1993. Any Podiatrists graduating and moving to Ontario after 1993 are registered as Chiropodists in the province of Ontario. Therefore, there have been no new Podiatrists registered in Ontario for the past 29 years.
Chiropodists and Podiatrists are both primary health care providers specializing in the assessment and treatment of lower limb disorders. Both Chiropodists and Podiatrists can prescribe drugs, assess and treat foot and ankle problems, perform soft tissue surgeries, prescribe custom orthotics and orthopaedic shoes. Podiatrists trained in US before 1993 have a slightly expanded scope of practice that includes bone surgery in the foot.
Be assured that you will receive the optimal care whether you see a Chiropodist or a Podiatrist.
To book an appointment with our Chiropodist, simply click on the link below and reserve a spot online. We have 2 locations in Mississauga; Clarkson and Streetsville.