A podiatrist is a health professional, governed by the Quebec Law on podiatry, who diagnoses and treats conditions of the foot that are not system diseases, through chemical, medical, surgical, mechanical (orthoses) means or manipulations. The podiatrist holds an undergraduate doctoral degree in podiatric medicine.
The podiatrist is the health professional who is responsible for care and treatment of the foot. The podiatrist uses clinical and radiological examinations for identifying the different foot affections and pathologies affecting the musculoskeletal, integumentary, dermatological, vascular and neurologic systems.
The clinical competencies of the podiatrist are key since they have to be in a position to differentiate a local affection from a systemic disease, and differentiate between pathologies that are within the scope of practice of the podiatrist and the ones that fall under the competence of the physician. The clinical competencies of the podiatrist also allow them to prevent foot health complications and detect symptoms of systemic foot pathologies. To this end, the podiatrist uses ultrasound imaging and radiography as well as different types of examinations and analyses.
No, it’s not necessary to have a referral from a physician to consult a podiatrist. You do not need either a referral from a physician to be reimbursed by your insurance.
The orthoses manufactured by the Clinique podiatrique de Gatineau are custom and hand made. Our podiatrists supervise the work of our technicians during the manufacturing to ensure a high quality product. The orthoses are individually tailored for providing maximum outcomes and comfort. Furthermore, the foot cast is taken on non-weight bearing to ensure that the foot is in the right position. Thus, the orthoses will be properly adjusted to the feet.
The ultrasound offers the following advantages over the radiography done by X-rays.
Yes, our podiatrists are trained to evaluate and treat patients of all ages. They have also taken training in pediatric podiatry to address specific needs of infants and children.
Yes, all our instruments used for foot care are sterilized in an autoclave. The sterilization is of particular importance for diabetic patients who are more susceptible to contract a foot infection.
No, it is not necessary to be referred by a general practitioner to get reimbursed for visits or orthoses.
Unfortunately, in Québec, the Régie does not cover podiatrist visits. However, most of the private insurance health care cover partially or totally the visits and the cost of orthoses.
La Clinique podiatrique de Gatineau vous offre une gamme complète de soins podiatriques pour maintenir vos pieds en santé.
Les podiatres de la Clinique podiatrique de Gatineau possèdent l'expertise requise pour effectuer un éventail d'interventions chirurgicales du pied.