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  • Writer's pictureDr. McHardy

Understanding Chiropody

Chiropodists have extensive academic training in health sciences, podiatric medicine and humanities, which is complemented with clinical training at various approved facilities. They provide routine foot care (nails and skin), custom orthotic therapy, treatment and surgery for ingrown nails and various other specific treatments as part of an individualized plan of management for each patient. Chiropody services can benefit people of all ages and backgrounds including children, seniors, athletes and people with diabetes, arthritis and symptoms of overuse. In fact, anyone can benefit from chiropody care!

Here are a variety of medical conditions/services relating to the feet including:

Dermatological Problems

· Fungal nails, ingrown nails, thick and/or discoloured nails Anyone that has ever had an ingrown toenail wish they knew these tips. At Parkway Back & Foot, we equally stress educating our clients to prevent these painful ailments from happening in the future.

· Callous, corns, warts, rashes/Athlete's foot

· Complications due to psoriasis

· Wounds/ulcers

Diabetic Foot Care

· Assessment/prevention/education

· Routine foot care

· Neuropathy

· Wounds

Musculoskeletal Problems

· Heel pain/plantar fasciitis/spurs

Plantar Fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a thick band of connective tissue beginning at the heel and extending forward and under the ball of the foot. When excessive friction occurs about the foot from regular wear and tear, the plantar fascia can be strained and results in micro-tears.

· Bunions/hammertoes

· Achilles tendon

· Ankle instability

· Arthritis

Danielle Willis, Chiropodist with Parkway Back and Foot Clinic, has been a member of the Ontario College of Chiropodists since 1999.

She has also remained a member of the Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine (National Association) since its inception in 1999. It is through these organizations, as well as some similar associations, that most of her annual continuing education and professional development is completed.


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