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 via the enPuls 2.0 by Zimmer.
Radial shockwave therapy (RSWT) is a method for the treatment of superficial orthopedic disorders developed over the past 20 years. A projectile accelerated in the handpiece generates a mechanical pressure wave, which is transferred to the human body by an applicator head and which radiates out in the tissue.
The mechanical energy is absorbed by the tissue and decreases as the distance from the application site increases. The mechanical stress triggers reactions in the tissue that have a positive influence on a wide range of orthopedic and neurological conditions.
Applications for RSWT include but not limited to:
- Insertional tendinopathy
- Tendon problems
- Chronic Inflammation
- Myofascial Syndrome
- Hypertonic Muscles
Most treatments are covered by your extended health plan. Ask your practitioner for further information.