Chiropodists are health care professionals that assess, treat and prevent foot and ankle disorders. They use their knowledge of foot function, structure and movement to help people regain normal foot function. Chiropodists provide a variety of foot-related medical treatments, including orthotics, foot therapy, pain relief and minor surgery. Chiropodists treat many different foot disorders caused by athletics, disease, overuse, age and genetics. Some of these disorders include:

  • Bunions
  • Stress fractures
  • Flat feet
  • Foot Pronation
  • Corns and Calluses
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Foot cancer
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Inflammation
  • Heel pain
  • Hammer toes
  • Ankle sprains
  • Shin splints
  • Foot ulcers
  • Swelling (edema)
  • Foot-related lower back, knee and foot pain
  • Plantar warts
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Achilles tendon disorders
  • Arthritis

Chiropodists provide a wide variety of foot-related services in hospitals and specialty clinics. However, unlike podiatrists, chiropodists can not diagnose foot disorders, perform surgery on the bony tissues of the foot and ankle or perform x-rays. Some podiatric services include:

  • Assessing, treating, preventing and rehabilitating foot disorders, injuries and disability.
  • Prescribing and providing medication
  • Prescribing, assessing and fitting foot health care devices such as orthotics, stents, splints and compression socks
  • Assessing and fixing patients’ walking.
  • Nail, skin and soft tissue surgery
  • Providing foot-related health advice, including nutrition and lifestyle habits.
  • Promoting foot health awareness through public education.

In Ontario, “Chiropodist” is a regulated profession subject to the Standards of Practice , Policies and guidelines and Code of Ethics defined by the College of Chiropodists of Ontario. For more information on regulatory colleges, view our What is a Regulatory College page.