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What is a Pedorthist?

Patients often ask What is the difference between varying “foot Doctors”?  Below is a small description of each type of practitioner so you can make an educated decision on what would work best for you and your condition!  Dr. Warren S Hollis is a Chiropractic Doctor as well as a Canadian Certified Pedorthist.

Pedorthist , Dr. Warren S Hollis

  • Focus: Foot and lower limb
  • Areas of Practice: Foot orthotics and orthopaedic footwear. Pedorthists are specifically trained in the assessment of the foot and lower limb, the design, the manufacture and fitting of custom foot orthoses, and footwear modifications, such as shoe lifts.
  • Services Provided: Comprehensive foot assessments, Custom foot orthotics, modifications to orthotics, footwear modifications, orthopaedic footwear fitting, Off the shelf orthotics (non-custom), custom toe spacers, Bunion splints, Plantar Fasciitis Splints and more small lifts etc. for your already owned shoes.
  • Training: 4 year Undergraduate degree in Kinesiology (or related field such as Human Kinetics, Chiropractic) plus a Diploma in Pedorthics (12 month post-graduate program) OR a 3 year Apprenticeship.
  • Certification/Credentials: Canadian Certified Pedorthist (C Ped (C) )

Chiropodist

  • Focus: Foot
  • Areas of practice: The assessment of the foot and the treatment and prevention of diseases, disorders or dysfunctions of the foot by therapeutic, orthotic or palliative means (Chiropody act, 1991).
  • Services Provided: Comprehensive foot assessments, skin and nail care, surgical procedures on the subcutaneous tissues of the foot, and assess for/design custom foot orthotics for patients.
  • Training: 4 year Undergraduate degree (BSc or BA Kinesiology.), plus 3 year diploma program in Chiropody
  • Certification/Credentials: Diploma of Health Sciences – Doctor of Chiropody (DCh)

Podiatrist

  • Focus: Foot
  • Areas of Practice: In Ontario, Podiatrists are a class of members of the College of Chiropodists. They are able to provide all of the same services as Chiropodists. Podiatrists may also communicate a diagnosis to their patient and perform surgical procedures on the bones of the foot. Chiropodists can not do either.
  • Services Provided: Comprehensive foot assessments, Skin and nail care, surgical procedures on the subcutaneous and bony tissues of the foot, and assess for/design custom foot orthotics.
  • Training: 4 year Undergraduate degree (BSc/BA) and Doctor of Podiatry Medicine degree (DPM)
  • Certification/Credentials: Doctor of Podiatry Medicine (DPM)

Foot Care Nurse

  • Focus: Whole body scope of practice, can provide foot care only.
  • Area of Practice: Nurses can provide skin and nail care for patients with foot deformities, mobility issues, diabetes and other complications or conditions.  They can not diagnose but they can offer appropriate care regiments for foot care related symptoms.
  • Services Provided: Basic foot care including assessment of the condition of the feet, pedicures, treatment of basic foot conditions, skin care advice and sensitivity testing for diabetes.
  • Training: 4 year Undergraduate Nursing degree (BScN)
  • Certification/Credentials: Registered Nurse (RN)

Orthotist

  • Focus: Whole body scope of practice, can provide basic foot assessments
  • Area of Practice: Orthotists are trained to assess for, design, manufacture and fit orthotics for all parts of the body, including the feet.
  • Services Provided: Basic foot assessment, Custom foot orthotics, Ankle-foot orthotics.
  • Training: 4 year Undergraduate degree (BSc/BA), Diploma in Prosthetics and Orthotics (2 years) and an Internship (minimum 1 year).
  • Certification/Credentials: Certified Orthotist (C.O.)
footcare pro chart

This chart shows the difference between the foot care health providers and what they can offer for treatment options based on training.