FootCare 101: What Is A Chiropodist?
Published: July 4, 2016
Last modified: September 23, 2020
Our feet are pretty amazing structures.
With over 52 bones, over 250,000 glands and nerves, they’re certainly a complex parts of our bodies, and so they deserve a dedicated specialist to keep them in peak condition. How exactly do these specialists work? And why might you need to see one? Read on and find out.
What’s A Chiropodist?
A Chiropodist (pronounced “kerr-op-o-dist”) works to support the prevention and management of acute and chronic conditions that affect our feet and lower limbs. Think: skin conditions like warts and calluses, nail conditions like ingrowns or fungus, and musculoskeletal conditions like Plantar Fasciitis and Gout. These are just a few examples of the foot conditions we see at our clinic. Learn more about other Common Foot Conditions.
What Do Chiropodists Check For?
When a chiropodist sits down to assesses your feet, they’ll be able to spot and treat minor problems right away, like hard skin, Warts, and Ingrown Toenails. In many cases, a patient with foot pain can walk out of an initial treatment with a chiropodist feeling relief.
In other cases, the chiropodist will check the patient’s circulation, the sensation in your feet, or alignment when you walk, and will then be able to recommend or prescribe solutions including, but not limited to, Orthotics or Insoles, to get the feet working in peak condition. Either way, you’ll leave your first visit knowing your feet are being properly cared for.
As you can see, foot health isn’t just about them! When feet are in good condition, the whole body can be properly supported. When they’re not, you’ll likely notice problems elsewhere. Foot health is every bit as much about your legs, hips, and spine as it is about the way your toes look in sandals. Chiropodists are trained to see the bigger picture of your physical health and the role your feet play in it.
Even if you don’t have foot pain, we urge you to visit a chiropodist. Your feet, after all, are your body’s foundation, and having them assessed could save you aches and pains later on. Foot problems affect well over half the population. Don’t be one of those people who finds themselves at risk of long-term consequences.
Want To Visit A Chiropodist?
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You do not need a referral to become a patient at our foot clinic. Schedule an appointment by using the Appointment Request form below or contact the clinic at 416-769-FEET(3338).