What is a Podiatrist?

A Podiatrist, also called a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine is an expert in diagnosing, treating and preventing foot disorders such as bunions, structural faults, hammertoes, heel and arch pain, neuromas, warts, corns and calluses, just to name a few. In order to become a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine the following education is required,

  • 4 years of University receiving an Undergraduate Degree (Bachelor of Science)
  • Medical College of Admission Test (MCAT)
  • 4 years at an Accredited College of Podiatric Medicine
  • National Board and Provincial Licensing examinations must be passed
  • Residency program in hospitals or clinics from 1-3 years

What is the difference between a Podiatrist and a Chiropodist?

Besides the level of education, the scope of practise differs greatly. A Podiatrist can diagnose and treat foot ailments, prescribe medications, order and take x-rays in their clinic, perform soft tissue and bone surgeries. A Podiatrist must meet a higher standard of education than a Chiropodist; as a result Chiropodists are limited in the types of treatments they are able to offer and are not recognized by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan.

Is my treatment covered by OHIP?

Podiatrist can bill OHIP only a small portion, the remaining cost is billed directly to the patient. If the patient has additional medical insurance submitting the receipt for reimbursement, depending on the coverage, may be possible.