Scopes of Practice > Podiatrists

Scope of Practice from Individual Acts

As a class of members of the chiropody profession, the scope of practice of podiatrists 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

Summarized Controlled Acts

Authorized Acts

Subject to the terms, conditions and limitations imposed on his or her certificate of registration, podiatrists are authorized 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.



Taking and ordering radiographs and eligible for designation as Radiation Protection Officers under the Healing Arts Radiation Protection Act.


Issuing orders to registered nurses within the podiatry scope of practice and authorized acts, under subsection 5.5. (1) (b) of the Nursing Act.