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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

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FAQ

WHAT IS A REGULATED FOOT SPECIALIST CALLED IN ONTARIO?

There are two types of regulated foot specialists in Ontario: Podiatrists and Chiropodists.

Chiropodists are primary care practitioners that are licensed with the College of Chiropodists of Ontario. They specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of foot diseases, deformities, and any other foot-related concerns. This includes:

Podiatrists in Ontario are medical doctors who perform boney surgeries such as bunion correction surgery.

DO I NEED A PHYSICIAN’S REFERRAL TO BE SEEN BY FEET FIRST CLINIC?
No, you do not need a referral to see our clinicians. Many patients are referred to us by their doctors to address various foot concerns and conditions, but a referral is not necessary to be seen.
We note some insurance companies may require a referral in order to reimburse you for the cost of chiropodist and foot care services. If you’re unsure whether your insurance company requires a referral for coverage, we recommend checking with your employer’s HR department or your insurance provider first.
CAN FEET FIRST CLINIC PRESCRIBE MEDICATION?
Chiropodists are able to prescribe and administer many medications for feet, including:
  • Antibiotics (oral and topical);
  • Topical antifungals;
  • Anti-inflammatories (topical, oral and injectable);
  • Salicylic acid; and
  • Anesthetics (topical and injectable).
DO I NEED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?
An appointment is required for all chiropodist services (i.e.: diagnostic, assessment and treatment services). We do not take walk-ins. For some conditions, more than one appointment may be required (i.e.: plantar warts).
No appointment is required for: shoe fittings, shoe stretching, or compression stocking fittings. You also do not need an appointment to browse our on-site footwear and foot care products.
IS FEET FIRST CLINIC WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE?

Yes. Our clinic is wheelchair and walker accessible. Our staff can also provide assistance if needed, including transferring patients from their wheelchairs to our fully functional, motorized treatment chairs.  Treatment can also be provided in a wheelchair, if necessary.

HOW LONG IS MY FIRST APPOINTMENT AND WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

The first appointment will last approximately 35-45 minutes. At your initial assessment:

  • The chiropodist will listen to your foot concerns and take a medical history.
  • The chiropodist will then examine your feet. If your foot concerns relate to foot pain, mobility or foot deformities, the chiropodist will also conduct a biomechanical assessment and gait analysis.
  • The chiropodist will then diagnose your foot issues and any underlying causes.
  • The chiropodist will make recommendations, discuss a treatment plan, and begin treatment
  • Follow-up appointments will be booked as needed, as well as appointments for any related services to treat your foot issues.

Both the examination and treatment are included in the initial assessment.

WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY

We require at least 48 hours’ notice if you wish to reschedule or cancel your appointment. Failure to do so will result in a $50 late cancellation/no show fee, per appointment slot. The cancellation fee must be paid in full prior to booking another appointment.

You will receive a confirmation request and courtesy reminder the day before your appointment via your preferred method of communication.

All appointments must be confirmed by the end of the day prior to your appointment. If we do not receive confirmation, your appointment will be canceled on the morning of the appointment.

ARE FOOT CARE SERVICES COVERED THROUGH OHIP?
Chiropody services are not covered by O.H.I.P. However, many extended health insurance cover chiropodist visits and devices dispensed from the clinic, such as custom orthotics and compression stockings. Patients are advised to check their coverage with their insurance provider prior to any appointment. Our staff can also help identify your fee coverage.
Our fee schedule is based on the guidelines set by our professional association (the College of Chiropodists of Ontario). For your convenience, we accept cash, debit, Visa, and MasterCard.
Please note: we do not do direct billing to insurance companies; however we will provide you with all the necessary paperwork to submit to your insurer for reimbursement.
Do chiropodists do pedicures?

Pedicures are considered a cosmetic service. Chiropodists do provide medical nail and skin treatments, including routine nail care, corn removal, callus removal, and safely addressing any abnormalities or concerns, to promote healthy, pain-free feet. We refer to this service as a medical pedicure. We do not apply any nail polish. 

Medical pedicures are health-focused, whereas cosmetic pedicures are focused on beauty and aesthetics. Seeing a chiropodist for your nail and skin care gives you confidence that your overall foot health will be addressed in a safe and sanitary environment using the highest level of infection control standards.

Please remove any nail polish before your visit.  We do not remove gel or shellac type polishes.

Are your instruments sterilized?

Yes.  At our foot clinic, we follow an intense sterilization process and safety protocols in compliance with Health Canada regulations to ensure our instruments are clean and contaminant-free.  All of our instruments are steam sterilized in an autoclave after each use, as per the regulations set by the College of Chiropodists of Ontario.  The sterilization process effectively kills all microorganisms such as fungi, bacteria, viruses, and spores.  Our foot clinic uses a steam sterilization process for all our tools and instruments, which is the gold standard for sterilization.  Blades are single-use and disposed of after use.

Do I have to remove nail polish before my visit?

Please remove all nail polish prior to every visit that requires nail care.  The clinic is unable to remove gel or shellac type polishes.