Chiropodists are regulated health professionals who assess, treat and prevent diseases and disorders of the foot by orthotic, therapeutic and palliative means. Chiropodists do not bill OHIP for the services they provide. The majority of chiropodists are in private practices, but there are some publicly funded clinics available throughout Ontario in the LHINs, at Community Health Centers and at Family Health Teams. Chiropody services are covered by most third party insurance providers, extended health care plans, Veterans Affairs, and/or can be used for income tax health deduction purposes. There are approximately 600 chiropodists practicing in Ontario. A doctor’s referral is not required.
Many Community Health Centers offer chiropody and foot care services at no charge to persons living within their specified catchments regardless of whether they have primary care services there.
See list of Community Health Centres in Toronto for their individual website and chiropody, foot care programs, as well as eligibility and catchment areas.
The Michener Chiropody Student Teaching Clinic offers hands-on training to Chiropody students and care to regional clients in a clinical setting under the supervision of faculty who are also certified chiropodists. The clinic hours fluctuate and are dependent upon academic semesters. For up to date Hour of Operation and important notifications, contact the clinic at 416-596-3108.
Podiatrists examine, treat and prevent foot disorders, as well as communicate a diagnosis that identifies a disease or disorder of the foot, and may also perform bone surgery. There are approximately 60 podiatrists currently practicing in Ontario. A doctor’s referral is not required. Podiatric medicine is not included in the Canada Health Act; OHIP covers between $7-16 of each visit to a registered podiatrist up to $135 per patient per year, plus $30 for x-rays. You will need to pay for the remainder of the cost of each visit. Surgeries performed by podiatrists are not covered by OHIP.
Note: extended health plans (private medical insurance) often provide coverage for podiatric services — check with the individual insurance company plan.
Find a Podiatrist Website (search can be narrowed by region)
Online referral with access to educations for persons at risk for diabetes, referrals to diabetic educational programs, foot care services, chiropody, and endocrinologist. All services are low barrier, not requiring OHIP; programs are offered in multiple languages. Patients or family members or concerned individuals can self-refer.
The Salvation Army Toronto Grace Health Centre (TGHC) Chiropody Clinic has been serving residents of downtown Toronto for over 25 years. The TGHC clinic specializes in geriatrics, biomechanics, and diabetic foot care.
Enquire about costs for persons who receive OW, ODSP benefits.
Our leg, foot and ankle clinics are meant to be a “one-stop shop” for your lower extremity needs. Our clinical experts are capable of assessing and diagnosing both common and complex medical conditions, and our extended team of Pedorthists, Orthotists, Chiropodists and Physiotherapists team can provide the comprehensive treatment that you require…All under one roof!
Patients can self-refer, or can be referred by a family doctor. Approximately 6 week wait time. The first visit costs $45, and subsequent visits are $25. For clients on ODSP or OW, all visits cost $15.