Clinics & Inpatient Care Units

Chiropody

Image for the Chiropody program 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.

St. Michael’s Hospital employs four full time chiropodists who work exclusively in the treatment and prevention of foot ulcers (wounds) and high risk diabetic foot management. Our chiropodists are key members of multiple 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, the diabetes care program, and the emergency department.

Chiropodists 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 Masters 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.

Referrals to St. Michael’s Chiropody

If you have a foot ulcer and you are referred to the St. Michael's Hospital foot wound clinic, you will be assessed and treated by our chiropody wound care team. As part of the team, chiropodists assess and treat 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.

To refer a patient for foot ulcer management, a doctor’s referral is required. Please complete our referral form and fax to 416-864-5612.

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.

Links to resources on foot care and diabetes

For more information about the team or to learn more about our wound care courses:

E-mail: wccoursereg@smh.ca