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What to Expect When You See a Chiropodist

Are you wondering whether you should be turning to a chiropodist for care?

We don’t often think about the health of our feet until they start to cause us problems. Once foot pain, swelling and other problems set in, it is most likely a good time to visit a chiropodist to find out what’s going on. While minor pain and swelling may be alleviated through rest and home care, you should visit a chiropodist if you are dealing with:

  • Ingrown toenails
  • Callus and corns
  • Cracked heels
  • Plantar warts
  • Toenail fungus
  • Chronic heel pain (plantar fasciosis)
  • An injured foot or ankle
  • Numbness, tingling or loss of sensation in the feet
  • Difficulty bearing weight on a foot or ankle
  • A foot deformity (bunion, hammertoes)
  • Signs of infection (e.g. redness; swelling; fever)
  • An ulcer or open wound

Need to come in for an evaluation? If so, here’s what to expect when you come into our chiropodist’s office for care,

We’ll go through your medical history

It’s important to understand your current health status as well as any conditions that could cause further problems for your feet and ankles. For example, patients with diabetes are more at risk for foot-related complications; therefore, it’s important to know all the details of your medical history so we can provide you with more effective care.

We will examine your foot

Next, we will perform a thorough physical examination of the affected foot and ankle. We will look for everything from visible deformities such as bunion and hammertoes, to issues with blood flow or changes in the colour of your skin. A physical exam of your feet and ankles can tell us a lot about what might be going on.

We will determine if imaging tests are needing

Sometimes a physical examination is all that’s needed to be able to determine what’s going on. This is often the case with outward problems such as ingrown toenails or fungal infections; however, problems that affect the bones, ligaments and muscles of the foot may require imaging tests such as MRIs or X-rays to make a proper diagnosis.

We will map out a treatment plan

Once we’ve determined the cause of your symptoms, we can create your individualized treatment plan. The treatment options we recommend will depend on the type and severity of your condition. Acute and minor conditions will heal with rest and proper home care while more severe or chronic conditions may require long-term maintenance, therapies and medication. This is something that our podiatrist can discuss with you at length during your appointment.

If you are looking for someone to provide you with specialized foot and ankle care then a chiropodist is the right specialist for you.

Our Location

5 Swan Lake Boulevard, Unit 10 Markham, Ontario L6E 0K7

Clinic Hours

Open Evenings & Weekends

Mount Joy Foot Clinic & Orthotic Centre

Monday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

9:00 am-7:30 pm

Friday:

9:00 am-1:00 pm

Saturday:

By Appointment Only

Sunday:

Closed