Clinics & Inpatient Care Units

Chiropody

What is chiropody?

A chiropodist (D.Ch. or D.Pod.M.) assesses, treats and prevents diseases, disorders and dysfunctions of the foot using therapeutic, orthotic or palliative means to accomplish their treatment goals. Chiropodists are primary care professionals regulated by the College of Chiropodists of Ontario and work in private clinics as well as within hospitals.

Chiropody at St. Michael’s Hospital

The St. Michael’s Hospital chiropodists work in various practice areas and clinical sites as described below. The referral information for each service is described within the corresponding section.

Wound Care Chiropody

The wound care chiropodists are key members of multidisciplinary teams, clinics and units within the hospital, including:

  • the interprofessional wound care team
  • inpatient care units
  • outpatient clinics (chiropody, vascular, plastics, orthopedics and infectious disease clinics)
  • the hemodialysis unit,
  • and the emergency department. 

They work exclusively in the treatment and prevention of foot ulcers (wounds).

Chiropodists on the wound care team at St. Michael’s Hospital provide education for staff, external health care practitioners, students and medical residents. The chiropody wound care program is also a clinical education site for chiropody students attending the Michener Institute in Toronto, medical students and residents from The University of Toronto, as well as wound healing master's program students from Western University in London. The education provided is unique and team-based.

Our chiropodists are highly engaged in complex clinical care, education and research. They present research at the international level and educate health care practitioners about foot ulcer treatment and prevention.

Referral information

For foot ulcer management, a St. Michael's doctor’s referral is required. Please complete our referral form and fax to 416-864-5612.

Once accepted to St. Michael's Hospital Foot Ulcer Treatment and Assessment Clinic, you will be assessed and treated by our chiropody wound care team. As part of your ulcer management, the chiropodists will assess and treat your foot ulcers and suggest further diagnostic examinations, local wound dressings and specialized devices to take pressure away from the foot ulcer to allow it to heal.

Once accepted to St. Michael's Hospital Foot Ulcer Treatment and Assessment Clinic, you will be assessed and treated by our chiropody wound care team. As part of your ulcer management, the chiropodists will assess and treat your foot ulcers and suggest further diagnostic examinations, local wound dressings and specialized devices to take pressure away from the foot ulcer to allow it to heal.

Diabetes Comprehensive Care Program (DCCP) Chiropody Clinic

The services that we provide at St. Michael’s Endocrinology division include:

  • Nail care for high risk diabetic patients
  • Callus and corn management for high risk diabetic patient
  • Ulcer without systemic infection
  • Education about general foot care

The DCCP Chiropody Clinic is also a clinical education site for chiropody students attending the Michener Institute in Toronto. The education provided is unique and focuses on diabetic complications assessment, treatment and prevention. The chiropodist at St. Michael’s Hospital Endocrinology Division provides education for nurses, dieticians, endocrinologists, students and medical residents.

Referral information

To be seen by the chiropodist at St. Michael’s Hospital Endocrinology Division, you must be a current patient with any of the St. Michael’s endocrinologists and currently not receiving chiropody care services from any other program or hospital.  Patients are referred directly by their endocrinologist.

Sumac Creek Family Health Team Chiropody Clinic

As a member of the St. Michael's Hospital Academic Family Health Team’s (SMHAFHT) inter-professional health care team, the chiropodist provides a full range of primary foot care to all SMHAFHT patients. The range of service includes management of acute & chronic pathological foot conditions, surgical procedures, and preventive and palliative foot care.

An emphasis is placed on the promotion of foot health, working alongside the diabetes education program. Patients will be encouraged to participate at all times, within their capabilities to accept the utmost responsibility for their own care.

Referral information

Patients eligible to see the chiropodist at SMHAFHT are required to be rostered patients of physicians at SMHAFHT, and are referred directly by their physician.

Find a chiropody clinic

To find a chiropody clinic that provides routine foot care (e.g. nail care and callus care), consult the College of Chiropodists of Ontario website, or call 416-542-1333.

Resources

To learn more about our wound care courses

Email: wccoursereg@smh.ca