Barrie Foot Clinic
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is a Chiropodist?
A. A Chiropodist is a regulated primary health care provider devoted to the study, assessment and treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower leg.
Q. What services does a Chiropodist provide?
A. A Chiropodist provides treatment for bony deformities, subcutaneous skin lesions (ie: corns, callus, warts), nail conditions (ie: fungal nails, thickened nails, ingrown toenails) and biomechanical dysfunctions requiring orthotic management.
Q. Do I need a medical Referral?
A. A medical referral is not necessary to make an appointment. Please confirm with your extended health insurance whether a referral is necessary for reimbursement.
Q. Do I need an appointment?
A. Yes. An appointment can be made by calling the Barrie Foot Clinic at 705-739-6181.
Q. Is this service covered by OHIP?
A. OHIP does not cover these services. Most private health insurance plans cover most or all of the fees associated with Chiropodist services. Please check with your extended health insurance for coverage under services and orthotics/orthopaedic footwear.
Q. What should I bring to my first appointment?
A. Your first appointment will include a complete examination of your feet and lower legs as well as your personal medical history. Your overall medical history contributes greatly to your treatment plan. Please bring a list of all current medications and the shoes you wear everyday.
Q. Do orthotics really work?
A. Orthotics are custom moulded devices to help promote proper foot function. They are made from a plaster cast of the patients feet and specifically prescribed for their needs. Better foot function allows the muscles and bones to perform in non stressed environment while encouraging better posture, muscle action and balance.
Q. What is the difference between custom moulded orthotics and store bought inserts?
A. Terms such as foot supports, arch supports, insoles and foot beds are all loose terms used to describe various different types of supports used for the feet. True foot orthotics are prescription devices made from a 3D volumetric cast impression. They require an evaluation of your particular complaint, foot type, gait, activity level, occupation, and footwear.