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Frequently Asked Questions

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. Chiropodists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of foot diseases and deformities and can prescribe and dispense custom orthotics and footwear as well as manage and treat dermatological and biomechanical conditions of the foot. 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, a medical referral is not required to be seen by our clinicians. Many patients are referred by a family doctor or another health care provider that identifies a foot condition, but a referral is not necessary.
If a referral is required for reimbursement, please consult with your extended health care provider.
CAN FEET FIRST CLINIC PRESCRIBE MEDICATION?
Chiropodists are able to prescribe and administer multiple medications pertaining to the foot, which include:
  • Antibiotics (oral and topical)
  • Topical antifungals
  • Corticosteroids (topical and injectable)
  • Acids
  • Anesthetics (topical and injectable)
All Feet First Clinic Chiropodists have prescription rights for injectables, topicals, and orals within our scope.
DO I NEED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?
An appointment is required for diagnostic and treatment services. For severe or chronic conditions, more than one appointment may be required.
No appointment is required for shoe fitting, shoe stretching, or compression stocking fitting.
IS FEET FIRST CLINIC WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE?

Yes. Our clinic is wheelchair and walker accessible and our staff are able to assist with access issues, including transferring patients from their wheelchairs to our fully functional, motorized treatment chairs.  Treatment is also available without transfer from wheel chair if necessary.

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

Your first visit to the clinic will include a complete physical of your feet and legs and a thorough medical history will be taken. The initial appointment will last approximately 45 minutes. You should wear or bring two pairs of shoes that you currently use the majority of the time (at work and in your free time). Also, please bring a list of any current medications you are taking.

ARE FOOT CARE SERVICES COVERED THROUGH OHIP?
Chiropody services are not included under O.H.I.P. Extended health insurance may have coverage for chiropody visits and devices dispensed from the clinic. Patients are advised to consult their insurance provider regarding coverage and reimbursement 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. For your convenience, we accept cash, debit, Visa, and MasterCard.
Do chiropodists do pedicures?

Pedicures are considered a cosmetic service. Chiropodists provide medical nail and skin treatments, including routine nail care, corn removal, and callus removal to promote healthy, pain-free feet.

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, as there is a fee for polish removal.  We do not remove gel or shellac type polishes.

Are your instruments sterilized?

Yes. Through regulation from the College of Chiropodists of Ontario, all of our instruments are steam sterilized by autoclave after each use.  Blades are single use and disposed of after use.  Chiropodists are trained in sterile usage of instruments and dressings.

Do I have to remove nail polish before my visit?

Please remove all nail polish prior to every visit that requires nail care.  Fees are incurred for polish removal (non-reimbursable).  The clinic is unable to remove Gel or shellac type polishes.

Book an appointment

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).