Chiropodists are primary healthcare providers that treat people of all ages and activity levels. A referral is not required to visit a Chiropodist. Chiropody is the assessment of the foot and the treatment and prevention of disease or disorders of the foot by therapeutic, surgical, orthotic, and palliative means. Chiropodists offer general and preventative foot care for a wide range of foot and toe conditions.
Chiropodists are trained to treat a variety of different foot disorders and complaints including:
- Thickened or Ingrown toenails
- Fungal nail or skin conditions
- Foot, ankle, knee, hip, or lower back pain
- Heel pain – plantar fasciitis
- Corns and Calluses
- Plantar warts
- Diabetic wound care
- Arthritic foot care
- Bunions and other toe deformities
- Congenital foot deformities
- Neuromas and peripheral neuropathies
- Sports injury and repetitive strain injuries
Treatments may include, but are not limited, to the following:
- Custom orthotics and ankle braces
- Shockwave therapy
- Stretching, strengthening
- Corticosteroid injections or oral medications
- Minor surgical procedures
- Padding and Strapping
- Nail and skin management
- Compression stockings
- Plantar wart treatment
Your initial chiropody visit will include a full history and foot exam which will allow your Chiropodist to develop a comprehensive management plan to meet your foot care needs.
Chiropody services including custom orthotics do not require a medical referral. Chiropody services are covered by many extended health benefit plans.
Dundas University Health Clinic is pleased to offer Radial Shock Wave Therapy with Steven Smith, Chiropodist, via the enPuls 2.0 by Zimmer.
Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that promotes and accelerates the recovery of soft tissue injuries.
Developed over the past 20 years, Radial Shockwave Therapy (RSWT) is a method for the treatment of superficial orthopedic disorders. A projectile accelerated within the shockwave handpiece generates short, high frequency, high intensity shockwaves, or bursts of energy that radiate directly in to the injured area. These burst of energy provided by the applicator are absorbed by the tissue and break down scar tissue, increase local blood flow and stimulate the bodies natural response to provide healing and pain relief.
Radial shockwave therapy is an effective treatment for a wide range of orthopedic and neurological conditions including:
- Achilles tendonitis
- Insertional Tendinopathy
- Plantar fasciitis
- Heel spurs
- Morton’s neuroma
- Chronic Inflammation
- Myofascial Syndrome
- Hypertonic Muscles
- Overuse and repetitive strain injuries
Most treatments are covered by your extended health plan. Direct billing is available for most services.
Swift Microwave Plantar Wart Removal
If you are looking for the best treatment for plantar warts, you need to consider a new form of plantar wart treatment now available in our downtown Toronto Chiropody clinic. For a convenient and effective way to get rid of plantar warts permanently, consider the advantages of Swift Microwave plantar wart removal.
WHAT IS SWIFT?
Swift is a new technology, developed in the UK, which has been licensed for the general treatment of skin lesions in Podiatry and Dermatology. Swift uses microwave energy which is delivered through a special probe applied to the skin to treat the affected tissue.
DOES IT HURT?
Like many treatments for skin lesions, some minor discomfort may be experienced. Before treatment, your podiatrist or dermatologist may decide to reduce the lesion with a blade. Pain levels vary from person to person but most people undergoing Swift liken it to a pain similar to an injection or a scratch, lasting 2 – 3 seconds then quickly subsiding
WHAT CAN I DO AFTER TREATMENT?
In some cases the treated area may feel sore but will not prevent you from undertaking normal daily activities.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
This is dependent on how you respond to treatment. In some cases, you may need more than one treatment (these can be from 14 days to over a month apart depending on the response). Your Podiatrist or Dermatologist will be able to discuss this with you.
CAN ANYONE RECEIVE THIS TREATMENT?
With a few exceptions, most people with skin lesions would be able to have this treatment. Your Podiatrist or Dermatologist will carry out an assessment prior to treatment and be able to advise you on this.