A commonly asked question when people see the services our Oakville clinic offers is “what is a Chiropodist”? Many people have private insurance coverage for foot care provided by a Chiropodist (Foot Specialist) – this may also be under Podiatry (these are equivalent qualifications). This covers the scope of practice of a Chiropodist including assessment and treatment for fungal toenails, wart care, ingrown toenails, corn and callus treatment etc. It is good practice to have a foot assessment, especially as we get older to recognize and curb potential or worsening foot issues.
For those who have difficulty reaching their own feet for standard foot and nail care, a Chiropodist / Foot Specialist can assist in doing this safely as their equipment is sterilized. There are many things that may make foot and toenail care more challenging for a person. Someone who has an injury or issue that makes forward bending more difficult, or arthritis in the hips would benefit from assistance from a foot specialist. Someone who would also benefit from foot and nail care from a foot specialist may have arthritis of the hands and fingers making manipulating small objects difficulty. The foot clinic at Palermo Physiotherapy and Wellness Centre in North Oakville, offers a seniors discount for basic foot and nail care. It is important to keep your feet healthy as they play such a large role in your mobility and function.