Scopes of Practice > Chiropodists



Scope of Practice from Individual Acts

The practice of chiropody is the assessment of the foot and the treatment and prevention of diseases, disorders or dysfunctions of the foot by therapeutic, orthotic or palliative means.



Alternate / Additional Description of Scope

Chiropody is a branch of medical science that involves the assessment and management of foot and lower limb disorders. This includes the management of a wide variety of disorders, injuries and local manifestations of systemic conditions.

A chiropodist is a primary care professional practicing in podiatric medicine that specializes in assessment, 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. As a primary care provider capable of independent clinical practice, these skills are often practiced independent of medical referral and medical supervision.



Summarized Controlled Acts

Administering a substance by injection or inhalation (partial)

Communicating a diagnosis (partial)

Performing a procedure on tissue below the dermis (partial)

Prescribing, dispensing, selling or compounding a drug (partial)

 

 

 

 



Authorized Acts

5. (1). In the course of engaging in the practice of chiropody, a member is authorized, subject to the terms, conditions and limitations imposed on his or her certificate of registration, to perform the following:

1. Cutting into subcutaneous tissues of the foot.

2. Administering, by injection into feet, a substance designated in the regulations.

3. Prescribing drugs designated in the regulations.

4. Administering, by inhalation, a substance designated in the regulations. 1991, c. 20, s. 5 (1); 2009, c. 26, s. 2 (1).

Idem

 

 (2) In the course of engaging in the practice of chiropody, a member who is a podiatrist is authorized, subject to the terms, conditions and limitations imposed on his or her certificate of registration, to perform the following:

1. Communicating a diagnosis identifying a disease or disorder of the foot as the cause of a person’s symptoms.

2. Cutting into subcutaneous tissues of the foot and bony tissues of the forefoot.

3. Administering, by injection into feet, a substance designated in the regulations.

4. Prescribing drugs designated in the regulations.

5. Administering, by inhalation, a substance designated in the regulations. 1991, c. 20, s. 5 (2); 2009, c. 26, s. 2 (2).

Additional requirements for authorized acts

 

(3) A member is not authorized to perform a procedure under paragraph 4 of subsection 5 (1) or paragraph 5 of subsection 5 (2) unless the member performs the procedure in accordance with the regulations. 2009, c. 26, s. 2 (3).