Why a podiatrist ?
The podiatrist is a health professional evaluating and treating foot ailments and diseases, which are not diseases of the system, with medical, chemical, pharmaceutical, surgical, mechanical or manipulative methods.
The podiatrist has the necessary knowledge and competencies to detect any complication relating to the foot, being able to distinguish between a podiatric pathology, which they can treat, and a disease relating to the system as a whole, which falls within the competence of a doctor.
In addition to offering valuable tips about foot health and hygiene, the podiatrist can prescribe and administer certain medication, execute minor surgeries or prescribe, fabricate or modify podiatric orthotics.
The podiatrist can offer the following category of treatments:
- Medical treatments (warts, mycosis, calluses, etc.);
- Orthopedic treatments (fracture, sprain, orthotics, etc.);
- Surgical treatments (ingrown nail, biopsy, hallux valgus, etc.)
The podiatrist’s education, a doctor’s degree in podiatric medicine, represents over 4000 hours of training over a period of four years (comparable to a dentist’s).
In order to practice podiatry in Quebec, a podiatrist must obtain their permit, delivered by the board of l’Ordre des podiatres du Québec. They must also hold a professional responsibility insurance policy as well as pay their yearly fee to l’Ordre des podiatres du Québec. The majority of podiatrists also hold a radiology permit.
In addition to being governed by the Podiatry Act, the podiatrist, as a member of a professional association, is also subject to professional inspection, to the Code of ethics of podiatrists, to multiple regulations and norms relating to its practice, as well as to the Quebec Professional Code..