Foot health isn’t just about the feet: Our feet are our body’s foundation, so if there’s a problem, it can affect the rest of our body. Likewise, if there’s a problem elsewhere in our body, it can increase the burden on our feet and lead to foot issues. Bottom line: if you have foot or ankle pain, or something just doesn’t seem quite right, you can see one of our foot specialists for an assessment.
All of the treatment services at our foot clinic start with an assessment by one of our skilled chiropodists. If it is your first time visiting Feet First Clinic, you will be booked for an Initial Assessment. Our chiropodists also conduct foot assessments for:
Even if you’re not quite sure what’s going on and just want a foot specialist to take a look at your feet, you can come in for an assessment – no referral required.
At your assessment:
The chiropodist can also provide advice as to foot care and proper footwear at your assessment. Time permitting, the chiropodist may also start your treatment during the assessment.
Foot assessments are not covered by OHIP; however foot care benefits and chiropodist services are included in many private extended health benefit plans (see the insurance section below for further information).
Read the sections below for more information about our foot assessments and the treatment services we offer.
Click here to see the conditions our chiropodists treat at our foot clinic. If your foot condition isn’t listed, or you’re not sure what’s going on, don’t worry: Call us at 416-769-FEET(3338) or through the form on our website, and we’d be happy to help.
To book an assessment at our foot clinic with one of our foot specialists, you can use our online booking form or call us at 416-769-FEET (3338). When booking your assessment, please identify the purpose for your visit so we can make sure we allocate enough time for your appointment.
If it is your first time at our clinic, you will be booked for an “initial assessment” and be required to complete an intake form prior to your appointment. If you’ve been seen before, you will be booked for a general foot assessment. Assessment appointments can range from 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the purpose of your visit.
At your assessment appointment, the chiropodist will take you into the exam room and you’ll be asked to remove your shoes and socks. The chiropodist will then ask you about your foot concern(s) and take your medical history. This information will guide what happens next in your appointment and what specific examinations and treatments will follow.
Depending on the reason for your visit, the chiropodist will then examine your feet for the following:
If you have issues with foot and joint pain, or if the chiropodist finds any potential biomechanical concerns, the chiropodist will then conduct a full biomechanical assessment and examine your gait. The biomechanical assessment may also include a video gait analysis (read below for more information about the biomechanical assessment).
After the examination, the chiropodist will diagnose any issues and underlying causes based on the examination findings and explain them to you.
The chiropodist will then discuss a suitable treatment plan with you and make any recommendations for treating your foot concerns and preventing future issues. He/she will also educate you about your foot issues, how you can manage them, and the best foot care options for your feet and foot type.
Treatment recommendations may include:
If the chiropodist recommended any footwear or foot care products, the knowledgeable staff at our foot clinic can assist you after your appointment.
For more information about chiropodist assessments, you can read the following articles from our blog:
Sometimes, seemingly unrelated issues like calluses or blisters are in fact the result of biomechanical irregularities. Foot issues can be a symptom or catalyst of many other musculoskeletal conditions throughout our body: We use our feet a lot, and when they can’t function properly, other parts of our body, like our knees and hips, have to compensate and pick up the slack in order to keep us moving. This affects our biomechanics (the mechanical movement of the joints and muscles in our body).
If your biomechanics are off when you move, it means your joints and muscles aren’t moving the way they are supposed to. This places excessive pressure and stress on parts of your body that weren’t designed to handle it. If abnormal biomechanical movement is not corrected, the resulting strain on the muscles and joints will increase with time, and sometimes even lead to permanent soft tissue and joint damage. This can not only cause foot pain, but ankle, knee, hip and back pain as well. After all, your feet are your body’s foundation: if there’s a foundation problem, cracks are going to form and the rest of the structure will start to shift and fail.
A lot about our biomechanics is revealed by something called our “gait”. Our gait is the unique way our joints, muscles and feet move when we walk. If there is a biomechanical abnormality, it will alter our gait and impact our feet; this will further affect our biomechanics and have a cascading effect through our body.
By conducting a biomechanical assessment, the chiropodist can pinpoint any abnormal movements that are causing your pain and foot issues.
The biomechanical assessment involves three components:
Sometimes – depending on the chiropodist’s observations and your needs – the chiropodist may use a Video Gait Analysis machine to help examine your gait.
Foot assessments and chiropody services are not covered by OHIP.
Treatment and procedures by a chiropodist are covered – in full or in part – by most private extended health benefits plans. Each insurance company has their own stipulations about what and how much they will cover. If you are unsure about your benefits and coverage for chiropodist services, check with your employer’s HR department or your insurance provider. Feet First Clinic can also help you get a policy breakdown on your behalf.
Medical footwear products prescribed by the chiropodist during your assessment, such as compression stockings, custom orthotics, orthopaedic shoes, modified shoes or custom shoes, may also be covered by private health benefits in full or in part. Footwear and foot care products are usually under a separate line item than assessments and services. We recommend checking your benefits coverage or obtaining a quote if you’re unsure about your coverage.
Non-prescription over-the-counter products are NOT covered by insurance.