Ronalyn Velasco RMT
A Chiropodist is a primary health care professional that specializes in assessment, treatment/management and prevention of diseases and disorders of the foot. An essential member of the inter professional healthcare team, the Chiropodist is skilled in assessing the needs of their patients and of managing both chronic and acute conditions affecting foot and lower limb function. Through the College of Chiropodists of Ontario, Chiropodists and Podiatrists are the only provincially regulated foot health specialists.
The role of the Chiropodist is to maintain and improve patient mobility, to alleviate foot pain, provide health education and thereby improving one’s quality of life.
Orthotics are used to treat foot pain and heel pain (metatarsalgia, plantarfasciitis, Morton’s Neuroma, Bunions), shin splints, knee/hip/back pain, calluses, corns, hammer toes and a variety of other conditions related to structural and biomechanical foot and lower limb problems i.e. flat feet or high rigid arches.
Orthotics are a precision medical device that are very effective when made correctly. A Chiropodist or Podiatrist are the only regulated health professional specifically trained in foot care and precise orthotic prescription.
Plaster casting is the gold standard for fabricating custom orthotics. This is done with the foot in a suspended sub-talar joint neutral position. With this method, a plaster cast is created to capture the shape of your feet. Wet plaster strips are applied to your feet, which are held in the neutral position - the most anatomically correct alignment of the foot. The doctor then sends the casts to a lab with a specific orthotic prescription that is best suited for your feet.
Advanced Foot Care Nurse
An Advanced Footcare Nurse is a regulated health professional with specialized training in lower limb and foot care. They assess and treat foot skin and nail conditions (including corns, callouses and ingrown toe nails), provide diabetic foot care and wound care. As a licensed nurse, they then complete further courses in basic and advanced footcare.
Darcie Czop RPN
Our physiotherapist and osteopath practice acupuncture for musculoskeletal and neural conditions based on traditional Chinese medicine principles.
Acupuncture is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which originated in China over 5,000 years ago. This ancient art of healing has become widely accepted throughout the western world over the past 30 years. Acupuncture is a natural therapy using solid needles to stimulate specific points in the body to effect circulation, pain, neural input among other things. This has several major benefits:
● Assists in the prevention of disease
● Treats both the symptoms and the cause of disease
● Offers a holistic approach that links body, mind and emotions
● Effectively treats many common ailments
● Can provide drug-free pain relief