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What is a chiropodist?

What is a chiropodist? Is that the same as a podiatrist?

A Chiropodist is a Canadian educated Foot Specialist. The practice of Chiropody involves the assessment of the foot, and the treatment and prevention of disease or disorders of the foot by therapeutic, orthotic, palliative, educational and surgical means.

Chiropodists undertake a specialized intensive three year program of study that covers: Anatomy and Physiology, Pathology, Biomechanics, Pharmacology, Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Sports Medicine, Microbiology, Physical Therapy, Pediatrics, Orthotics, Medicine and Surgery. Chiropodists can be recognized by the initials D. Ch. after their name.

Whatever problems arise with respect to your feet, be it pain, discomfort or appearance, a Chiropodist will be able to provide a specific management plan for your particular problem.

Although the nomenclature of both professions is different, their general practice is largely the same, and both are governed by the College of Chiropodists of Ontario. Podiatrists however provide some forefoot bone reconstruction surgery and Chiropodists provide soft tissue procedures. Podiatrist is favoured in the U.S. Canada is likely the only place in the world continuing to use chiropodist.

There are about 90 podiatrists registered with the College and about 400 chiropodists. And the word chiropodist, say those in the know, should be pronounced “sheropodist,” not “keropodist.


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