A chiropodist, also called a foot specialist, is a specialist who provides medical assessments and treatment of foot and ankle problems, such as bunions, heel pain, spurs, hammertoes, neuromas, ingrown toenails, warts, corns and calluses. A chiropodist also renders care of sprains, fractures, infections, and injuries of the foot, ankle and heel. In addition to an undergraduate medical school training degree, chiropodists have a post-graduate diploma in Chiropody, a bachelors degree in Podiatric Medicine or a Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine. Chiropodists are required to take provincial exams and are licensed by the province in which they practice.

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, there are an estimated 15,000 practicing podiatrists in the United States. In Ontario, there are over 500 Chiropodists. Chiropodists are in demand more than ever today because of a rapidly aging population. In addition, according to the association, foot disorders are among the most widespread and neglected health problems affecting people in this country.

Typically, Chiropodists:

  • Consult with patients and other physicians on how to prevent foot problems.
  • Assess and treat tumors, ulcers, fractures, skin and nail diseases, and deformities.
  • Perform soft tissue surgeries.
  • Prescribe therapies and perform diagnostic procedures.
  • Prescribe or fits patients with inserts called orthotics that correct walking patterns.
  • Treat conditions such as: bone disorders, bunions, corns, calluses, cysts, heel spurs, infections, ingrown nails, and plantar fasciitis.