Chiropodist Vs. Podiatrist – What is the Difference?

Posted by on February 25, 2016

Wilson Foot Clinic OntarioMost people are familiar with the meaning of the word ‘podiatrist’ or foot doctor.  However, in some parts of the world – including Ontario, Canada, the word ‘chiropodist’ is used instead.  Both are highly trained in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the feet, ankles and lower limbs.  Chiropody is a primary health care discipline which involves assessing  feet  and treating disorders, dysfunctions or diseases of the foot. Both chiropodists and podiatrists are required to study extensively in university, then  they must complete a hospital residency program and pass a licensing exam to practice.

There is really no difference in terms of actual treatment, as both podiatrists and chiropodists help patients with common foot problems including heel pain, ingrown toenails, bunions, nail surgery, corns, calluses, flat feet, athlete’s foot, hammertoe, Plantar warts and diabetic foot care.   Both chiropodists and podiatrists use therapeutic, palliative or orthotic means to correct or improve the condition of the patients’ feet.

custom prescription foot orthoticsOne of the top, most respected podiatrists – chiropodists in Ontario is Peter Wilson of the Wilson Foot Clinic in Burlington, Ontario.  This highly rated clinic welcomes patients from all over Ontario, including the Greater Hamilton – Greater Toronto area.  No referral is necessary to see this Ontario Registered Chiropodist with over 30 years of experience.  Wilson has 18 years of experience with the Toronto General Hospital and played a leadership role developing the Chiropody/Podiatry profession in Ontario as a former advisor to the Ontario Ministry of Health.

podiatrists - chiropodists OntarioWilson and his staff offer both general and specialized care in his Burlington location, including nail surgeries, custom prescription foot orthotics, diabetic and arthritic foot care.  His clinic has all of the most modern equipment to treat fungal nail disease, Plantar warts, heel pain and more using laser and shockwave therapies.

Learn more about chiropodist Peter Wilson and his Burlington clinic at  You can get an appointment by calling (905) 335-2000.  Remember that ‘Feet Are For Life’.  Make sure to take good care of yours.

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