Podiatrist Vs Chiropodist...What's the difference? (2022)

By Marlie Cappel, HealthCasa Chief Chiropodist

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One of the questions I am most frequently asked is “What is the difference between a Podiatrist and a Chiropodist?” The simple answer is that there is no significant difference between Chiropodists (pronounced: ‘ker-ro-po-dist’) and Podiatrists in Ontario. Both professions are regulated by the College of Chiropodists of Ontario and both must pass comprehensive board exams and provincial licensing exams to be licensed to practice.

The difference in title is determined by which country the Chiropody or Podiatry degree was obtained. A Podiatrist practicing in Ontario will have graduated outside Ontario (usually in the US) and will have moved to Ontario before 1993. All Podiatrists who moved to Ontario after 1993 are registered as Chiropodists in the province of Ontario. Therefore, in an effort to promote the profession of Chiropody in Ontario, there have been no new Podiatrists registered in Ontario for the past 25 years.

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In Australia, the title “Chiropodist” was replaced with “Podiatrist” in 1977, while in other countries such as the UK, the designation “Chiropodist” is still used today.

Training and education

Podiatrists and Chiropodists are often referred to as “foot doctors” or “foot specialists”. Podiatrists are required to have a “Doctor of Podiatric Medicine/DPM” degree, which is a four-year, post-bachelor’s degree. Remember, although they have the title “Doctor”, they are not medical doctors. The majority of Chiropodists currently practicing in Ontario have studied for 7 years - they hold a post-secondary diploma in Chiropody and most also have a bachelor’s degree or university level education in the sciences or in another field.

Some practitioners also enroll in additional training and courses; I recently completed a diabetic educator course which expanded my knowledge in the management and prevention of diabetic foot conditions. I love educating patients, helping them better understand their condition, and providing them with the knowledge and preventative tools to live a healthier, more enjoyable life. Here’s a short video with me talking a little more about why I love what I do!

Treatment of foot conditions

If you suffer from a common foot condition such as plantar fasciitis, bunions, ingrown toenails, flat feet, calluses, corns or warts, both a Chiropodist and Podiatrist can help. Podiatrists and Chiropodists help individuals of all ages and with a wide range of health conditions. They have trained extensively in the assessment, management and prevention of many types of foot conditions. They are also specialists in the prevention and treatment of foot injuries, foot trauma and wound care.

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Prescriptions of drugs

Both Podiatrists and Chiropodists are allowed to prescribe drugs used to treat various foot conditions and disorders. These include topical (creams, lotions, ointments), oral (pills, tablets) and injectable medications. Some of the most common drugs that I prescribe for foot-related conditions are anti-fungals, cortisones and antibiotics. My patient’s health and safety is my highest priority, and to ensure that all drugs prescribed are appropriate for your health, your HealthCasa Podiatrist or Chiropodist will always review your medical intake form and will discuss any concerns with you.


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Custom orthotics can help to alleviate pain and discomfort associated with a variety of foot conditions such as flat feet, plantar fasciitis, over-pronation, diabetic feet, bunions and neuromas. Although some Chiropractors and Physiotherapists also dispense orthotics, Podiatrists and Chiropodists are the only regulated health professionals in Ontario, aside from medical doctors, who can prescribe custom orthotics. Seeing a foot specialist such as a Podiatrist or Chiropodist for your feet is the logical choice.


Both Podiatrists and Chiropodists can perform soft tissue surgeries, skin surgery and nail surgery. However, Podiatrists trained in the US before 1993 have a slightly expanded scope of practice that includes bone surgery in the foot. It’s important to note that in Ontario, most patients choose to see Orthopedic Surgeons for foot-related bone surgery since the associated costs are covered by OHIP. Podiatrists can also order and take x-rays of the foot, while Chiropodists cannot.

Healthcare professionals…not just foot specialists

Remember, no matter what title they use, both Podiatrists and Chiropodists are primary healthcare professionals specializing in the assessment and treatment of lower limb disorders.They have both trained extensively and are highly knowledgeable in the anatomy, physiology, pathology and biomechanics of the foot. While your family doctor or another healthcare provider may be able to address some of your foot concerns, it makes sense to see a Podiatrist or Chiropodist for your foot health since they’re specialists in that field.

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It is also important to remember that we have also studied the rest of the human body. Since we’re qualified to perform potentially invasive nail, skin and soft tissue surgical procedures and prescribe drugs, we need to have a thorough understanding of your personal medical history before we can assess and treat you. Your patient intake form is the best way for us to get a comprehensive picture of your health and for this reason, we ask that you complete your intake form prior to your appointment. This ensures that we have enough time to familiarize ourselves with your health conditions and medications or discuss your health with your family doctor if necessary.

My story

Now, a little bit about myself. I became a Chiropodist after doing my prosthetics and orthotics program at George Brown College. I’ve always had a passion for athletics - I’ve taught swimming and skiing and have worked with adaptive skiers as well, so I have a thorough understanding of biomechanics (the study of the body’s structure and function). Above all I really enjoy helping people.

One patient stands out in my mind. John was an avid golfer and squash player. After a severe left ankle injury several years prior to seeing me, his ankle healed improperly, forcing him to give up golf and squash. After a thorough assessment and several detailed conversations with John and the lab, John and I worked together to create a special custom orthotic that specifically addressed his left foot. The end result was that John was able to start golfing and playing squash again. I’m lucky to have the opportunity to practice a profession that allows me to give people the ability to resume their daily activities and hobbies.

With over ten years of clinical experience as a practicing Chiropodist, I’ve seen many patients who, for a variety of reasons, were house bound. These patients, who often have debilitating health conditions, don’t have many options when it comes to health care, and often give up and ignore their symptoms to the point where they become serious. Those patients were my primary focus when I started doing in-home consultations. Over the years I’ve also started working with busy, working professionals and parents with young children, who simply don’t have time to visit a “traditional” foot clinic. With HealthCasa, the Foot Clinic now comes to you!

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I’m so thrilled to be a part of the HealthCasa team and have the opportunity to provide convenient in-home or in-office appointments for my patients.

Be assured that you will receive optimal care whether you see a HealthCasa Chiropodist or Podiatrist!

Marlie CappelChief Chiropodist

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This question has been asked by many patients over the past several decades. Although the terminologies of podiatrist and chiropodiatrist appear to indicate two different fields of medicine, they mean the same thing. To further complicate things, the name chiropodiatrist is usually shortened to chiropodist.   Why the Different Terminologies? The difference in the two […]

Although the terminologies of podiatrist and chiropodiatrist appear to indicate two different fields of medicine, they mean the same thing.. The difference in the two terms came about in the late 1960s, when all the medical universities in the United States changed their terminology for the field of podiatry.. The field of chiropody, now referred to as podiatry, finally had a professional society of its own in 1895.. The field of podiatry continued to evolve into what it has become today.. This particular field of medicine has seen many changes over the years.. Podiatrists are fully qualified to perform the following procedures:. Prescribing and dispensing appropriate medications for patients is also on the list of procedures that a DPM can administer.. A DPM is the go-to for foot and ankle injuries.. Although many foot and ankle injuries can and do heal on their own, it is best to have a DPM assess the injury.. These can have drastic effects on the foot and ankle structure.. Surgical intervention is often required to correct damage and anomalies that have evolved over time.. DPMs fall into this category, since feet and ankle problems are often either the culprit or are at least associated with back, spinal, and hip injuries or conditions.. Please contact one of our podiatrists today so we can get you back on your feet in no time.

Offering chiropody services in Oxford means we often get asked the simple question, what’s the difference between a chiropodist and podiatrist? This blog post looks at some of these common questions, including top tips on how to look after your feet. What’s the difference between a chiropodist and podiatrist? The answer is that there is […]

The answer is that there is no difference, the 2 words are used interchangeably to describe the same thing… Essentially both a chiropodist and podiatrist are a foot doctor which both look at foot problems and care for foot health.. A chiropodist or podiatrist seeks to rectify a range of foot disorders, including but not limited to:. Your registered podiatrists may work closely with an orthopedic surgeon should you have any skeletal problems with your feet which require surgical intervention.. Wearing shoes per se is not necessarily bad for your feet, however wearing poorly fitting shoes CAN be.. If you have probably fitting shoes then areas of the shoe can run on your feet causing calluses and corns.. These can be painful and tricky to remove.. Pain in your foot can also be caused by problems further up your leg.. There are a range of sports injuries which can affect your feet and require access to a podiatrist, some of these include:. The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body and can often be affected by repetitive sports injuries such as dancing or running.. There can be a variety of causes including wearing the wrong shoes, trauma or congenital problems with the shape of your feet.. Neuroma is experienced as either pain in the ball of your foot or tingling and numbness, particularly between the toes or big toe whilst walking and the nerve is being irritated.. The broken bone can be caused by a single intensive trauma all by repetitive stresses placed on feet and ankles.. In summary, ensuring you train adequately before undertaking excessive exercise with sports and ensuring you wear correctly fitting footwear with good quality support is some of the best ways you can help to reduce your chances of having sports-related foot injuries.

Our feet are invaluable to us if we want to be able to be active, mobile, and healthy. If they go wrong, then they can seriously affect our quality of life. Those who have suffered from foot-related problems such as plantar fasciitis (heel pain), Achilles tendonitis, neuromas, ingrowing toenails, corns etc. will know how each…

There is no “Protection of Function” or “Protected Titles” for who is and who is not allowed to treat feet.. Foot Health Professionals / Practitioners (FHPs):. An FHP ideally should be trained, qualified and insured to treat foot problems within their “scope of practice”.. However, you can be a Podiatrist or Chiropodist providing Podiatry or Chiropody Services without being “HCPC-registered” as long as you have a Chiropody or Podiatry qualification and you have made it clear to the public there is no affiliation to or regulation by the HCPC.. Just like the FHPs, a Podiatrist should be trained, qualified and insured to treat foot problems within their “scope of practice”.. Other Health Care Professionals:. Some private practitioners use the term for marketing / promotion purposes.. FHPs, Chiropodists, Podiatrists will generally (but not always) be members of a Professional organisation that supports them with services, benefits, information, CPD and possibly insurance (although there are many other independent insurers).. One important thing to appreciate is that each of the above have different scopes of practice, training, knowledge, and understanding of the management of feet and foot-related problems.

It might seem that there is almost no or very little difference between podiatrists and chiropodists when the truth is their history is slightly different.

Today, both podiatrists and chiropodists are commonly known as foot doctors who prevent and treat various lower leg and feet disorders.. While the term podiatry is replacing the term chiropodist, the latter term is still used in several parts of the UK.. Another difference between podiatrist and chiropodist is that podiatrist refers to feet while chiropodist refers to both hand and feet.. A podiatrist is a foot specialist who studies podiatric science and gains training and knowledge to diagnose and treat any foot or ankle-related disorder.. The science of podiatry originally emerged as chiropody and it was different from traditional medical science and practices.. Back in the day, a chiropodist was expected to diagnose, treat, and prevent any foot and hand disorders.. A podiatrist is a modern term for foot specialists whereas a chiropodist is a traditional term for foot doctors.. The term podiatrist is famous internationally for people who study podiatric medicine whereas the term chiropodist is an old term for a podiatrist and is only known in some parts of the UK.. Today, both podiatrists and chiropodists mean foot specialists who can diagnose and treat various feet diseases and disorders.

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Podiatrist!. Podiatrists and orthopedists both are qualified health specialists.. An orthopedist, also known as an orthopedic surgeon, is a medical doctor.. The flexible tissue at the end of the bone (usually the knee joint) gradually wears down.. Surgical treatment may cost anywhere between $5,100 to $13,600.. Q: Why do diabetics need to see a podiatrist?. Q: Can a podiatrist or orthopedist refuse to treat me?


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