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Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some commonly asked questions on foot care and foot health. Should you have a question not answered here, please give us a call or email us. We will be happy to help you.
What Is Chiropody?
Chiropodists assess and manage foot and lower limb disorders, including various injuries and localized systemic conditions. They are skilled in assessing each patient’s needs, focusing on both chronic and acute foot and lower limb conditions. Chiropodists are primary care providers and are capable of independent clinical practice.
What's the Difference Between Chiropody and Podiatry?
Both podiatrists and chiropodists are included as members of the College of Chiropodists of Ontario. However, the term "podiatrist" is better known and is used more often outside of the province. "Chiropodist" is more of a local term for this kind of practitioner in Ontario.
A few Ontario practitioners are still classified as podiatrists. These practitioners were educated in the U.S. before practicing in Ontario. Ever since the Chiropody Act was created in 1991, Ontario chiropody program graduates and podiatrists educated elsewhere, but now working in Ontario, have been classified as chiropodists.
Are The Services Covered by OHIP?
No, chiropody services are not covered by OHIP. However, most extended health plans will cover chiropody services. We will provide you with the proper documentation required to submit your claim. We do not bill your insurance company directly. Your health benefits coverage is your responsibility, but we are more than happy to assist you if necessary. We advise patients to check their coverage before coming into the clinic. We accept cash, debit, Visa, and MasterCard.
Do You Submit Directly to My Extended Health Benefits Plan?
No, our clinic will provide you with detailed invoices for each appointment. In this way, we try to be as transparent as possible, to ensure both you and the insurance company that we are not billing frivolously or fraudulently.
Is a Referral Necessary?
No. Because chiropodists are primary health care practitioners, you do not need a referral from a doctor.
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