Foot Care Questions

Foot Care Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

65 Larch Street, Suite 300C in downtown Sudbury, Ontario. We are in the Medical Building which is centrally located with ample paid parking behind the building or street parking in front.

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Fees are partially covered by OHIP but the remainder of Podiatrist’s fees are/may be covered by most Third Party or Extended Health Benefit plans. Check your plan to see if you are covered. Fees will be discussed prior to any treatment.

You do not need a referral to make an appointment, as podiatrists are the only  foot care specialists in Ontario that are allowed to make and communicate a diagnosis and are partially covered under OHIP.  However, your Third party insurance plan may require a referral for reimbursement. Call your plan administrator to determine what is required.

Podiatry is a field of medicine that focuses on preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions associated with the foot and ankle by medical, surgical or other means.

The skills of podiatrists are in increasing demand because disorders of the foot and ankle are among the most widespread and neglected health problems.

Depending on where the training was received, podiatrists can take up to eight years of university level education before beginning to practice as a podiatrist. Students who receive the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree first complete a four year undergraduate program in the sciences at an accredited university, followed by an additional four years at an accredited College of Podiatric Medicine in the U.S.

Students study courses in all basic medical sciences. In the final two years, emphasis is placed on disorders affecting the foot and ankle and their various types of treatment. These courses are coordinated with clinical training in various university teaching hospitals. Upon completion, graduates obtain their Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree. Comprehensive Board exams as well as provincial licensing exams must then be passed before being licensed to practice. Students must also complete hospital-based residency programs of 3-5 years duration.