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.

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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 health practitioner that specializes in the assessment, management and prevention of diseases and disorders of the foot.

The role of our Guelph Chiropodist at Wilson Health Services is to improve all patient’s quality of life. They do this by maintaining and improving patient mobility, alleviating foot pain and providing health education.

 

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What is Chiropody?

Chiropody (pronounced chi-rop-o-dy) is the assessment, treatment, and prevention of foot and lower limb disorders using therapeutic, surgical, orthotic or palliative means.

Chiropody is the health care profession that specializes in the assessment and treatment of foot conditions. Physicians as well as other health care professionals often refer their patients to a Chiropodist for consultation. A referral to our Guelph Chiropody or Podiatry clinic from a physician is not required.

The Wilson Health Services Guelph Chiropodist is an important member of the health care team.

Chiropody training involves extensive theoretical, practical and clinical aspects of normal and pathological mechanics of the lower limb. Chiropodists are trained in the casting and “dressing” of orthoses and subsequent fabrication of functional and accommodative orthotic devices. Lower limb biomechanics is the domain of Chiropody, who originated the concept of orthoses and continues to lead the way in improving foot function through orthoses.

Chiropodists are primary care providers qualified to assess, prescribe and carry out treatments including minor surgical procedures, therapeutic treatments including: laser, ultrasound, iontophoresis, extracorporeal shock wave therapy and electrical treatments.

At Wilson Health Services Foot Care & Orthotics we believe that foot health plays an important role in overall health. We strive to provide you with the best foot care possible to return you to your optimal self with excellent service, quality products and expertise.

Many diseases and ailments manifest themselves first in the foot therefore taking care of these precious gems is of the utmost importance.

Our services include:

  • Nail Care
  • Diabetic Foot Care
  • High Risk Foot Care
  • Callus Removal
  • Corn Removal
  • Wart Treatment
  • Custom Foot Orthotics
  • Diabetic Insoles
  • Wound Management
  • Customized / Modified Orthopedic Footwear
  • Gait Analysis
  • Sports Injuries Management
  • Biomechanical Assessment
  • Pediatric Foot Management
  • Nail Surgery

At Wilson Health Services Foot Care & Orthotics we focus on using therapeutic, surgical, orthotic or palliative means to bring you back to your normal self through exceptional care.

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To book an appointment, or if you have any questions about this service, call us at (519) 624-8000

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Patricia WilsonPatricia wilson Health

Patricia Wilson (BScN, RN, DCh), fondly known as Patricia, is our proudly Canadian Chiropodist at Wilson Health. Patricia's journey to a career that she loves is a beautiful story and her positivity is infused with a spirit of gratitude and humility.

With deep roots back in Colombia where she lived for much of her teenage years and early adulthood, she returned to Canada as a young adult to pursue a nursing career. Her rewarding twelve years as a pediatric nurse instilled her strong commitment and deep values to help others. This love for patients as their health advocate would lead her to the healing profession of Chiropodist and custom orthotics care.

Patricia understands the medical science behind injuries and issues surrounding the feet and how that can affect the entire body. Understanding that many diseases and ailments can show up first in the foot, Patricia believes she has a purpose-driven career that brings meaning, prevention, education and exceptional care to the people she serves. 

With her personalized approach, backed by a wealth of experience and dedication to her patients, Patricia has gained a notable reputation in the field of chiropody care throughout the Waterloo Region and Guelph area.

Blending a caring, inclusive environment with access to education and various therapy options to encompass health challenges reflects her approach to healthy living and overall wellness. Patricia embraces the opportunity to educate her patients from simple things about how to cut their toenails to warning signs and complexities of the biomechanics of the feet and lower extremities.

Patricia's love for people and her endearing smile put people at ease from the very first consultation. Her interest in every patient goes far beyond foot conditions and care, as she makes every effort to support and guide her clientele to help with the issues they face.

With her husband Dr. Jay Wilson, they have created a family wellness centre in Cambridge that works hard to improve their patients' quality of life. In 2018, Patricia opened the Guelph clinic to expand the services to that demographic. Improving mobility, providing education and alleviating pain are fundamental values they both share.

Patricia’s commitment and love for people starts at home. She adores her husband Jay, their three beautiful children, their dog Bernie and the life they have created together in the Puslinch Lake community. As Patricia always says, she loves them all to the moon and back, forever and ever, and to infinity and beyond.

Patricia manages all her roles seamlessly and loves making a difference that changes lives for the better, one foot at a time.

Managing all her roles seamlessly, Patricia loves making a difference that changes lives for the better, one foot at a time.

 

Nathee SelvendranPatricia wilson Health

Nathee Selvendran (BSc (Hons), DCh) is part of our Wilson Health chiropodist team. A reputable and experienced foot specialist throughout Ontario, Nathee brings a wealth of experience to our wellness family.

Nathee’s passion for healthcare began as a child. As a teenager, his grandmother suffered from a diabetic foot, leading to a below-knee amputation. This experience led Nathee to choosing chiropody after University. He wanted to help those with diabetic foot problems and become an advocate on the importance of foot care and appropriate footwear.

He graduated from The Michener Institute in 2012. He dedicated his last year of clinical studies at The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre, where his work included managing high-risk foot, limb salvage, and wound management. His experience in Ottawa included working with patients diagnosed with diabetes, peripheral vascular disease and severe arthritis.

Since 2012, He took his passion throughout the province, providing services as a foot specialist. Nathee has avidly worked in various clinical settings, ranging from chronic disease control to managing corns and calluses due to biomechanical imbalances. He was selected to lead and successfully open a developmental program at Northumberland Family Health Team in Cobourg, Ontario. Shortly after, he did the same at St. Michael's Hospital Academic Family Health Team.

During his time at St. Michael’s Hospital, Nathee served as a valuable member of a large interdisciplinary health team, including surgeons, family physicians, chiropractors, and other allied health professionals. Nathee was nominated for his work at St. Michael’s Hospital in a category for allied health professionals recognizing clinical excellence in their respective professions. In addition to helping the community, Nathee has served as a preceptor to medical residents and chiropody residents during their clinical rotations.

As a committed member in good standing of the College of Chiropodists of Ontario, Ontario Society of Chiropodists, and the Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine, Nathee stays abreast of all professional standards and new treatment options. Continually learning and following research-based techniques in foot care, clients can count on patient-centred primary foot care.

Nathee has created roots in Cambridge with his wife, Priya and his poodle named Roger.

Nathee has a polite, personalized and professional approach that clients value. His patient-centred care, rooted in empathy, provides a comfortable care setting for patients.  He is highly energetic, an enormous sports enthusiast, and is very excited to share his experience and knowledge with anyone who wants to listen.

 

Chiropodist vs Podiatrist

Chiropody is a healing profession dedicated to feet. Podiatrists and chiropodists are both members of the chiropody field, and in Ontario, Canada they are regulated by the same governing body. But what differences separate the chiropodist and the podiatrist?

A Podiatrist is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, these are practioners that were educated in the United States. They possess a four-year doctoral training program at a college of podiatric medicine followed by at least three years of podiatric medical and surgical residency. In Ontario, as of July 1993 a cap was placed and no other Podiatrist were registered at The College of Chiropodist of Ontario. All Podiatrist coming from the United States were registered as Chiropodist as well.

Podiatrist are permitted to bill OHIP and communicate a “diagnosis” where Chiropodist are not allowed to do either. Podiatrist are able to complete bone surgery where Chiropodist are limited to soft tissues such as tendons.

At Wilson Health Services Guelph, we offer both Chiropody and Podiatry services. Call us today at (519) 836-8008 to learn which service is right for you.

 

Custom Foot Orthotics In Guelph

Using orthotics for foot related issues

Whether you are struggling with back, leg, foot or heel pain, one of the many causes could be the shoes you are wearing. It is essential to wear the right shoes as the weight of your entire body rests on your feet. When your feet are not comfortable and at ease due to ill fitting shoes, your life can be miserable.

If you have heard of custom made foot orthotics, your problem can be easily solved. Whether you have a flat foot, pain due to diabetes or other ailments, these little shoe inserts can be one of the many solutions out there. Even athletes opt for custom foot orthotics to help them get relief from pain as well as offer comfort.

What do you know about orthotics?

Orthotics are devices that can be inserted into most shoes. They help in providing alignment and support to the foot, improve foot function and accommodate and correct foot abnormalities. If used with the proper footwear they are highly effective in treating various types of foot and lower leg issues.

The reason behind the need for orthotics?

Our Guelph Chiropodists and Podiatrists have been advising and prescribing orthotics for many years. The primary reason behind its application is that it balances and stabilizes the feet and lower limbs. When there is a solid support foundation for your feet, you can be comfortable while walking or even running. All your foot associated pain, posture issues, muscle tiredness can recover faster.

Orthotics can help you primary with:

  • Foot pain
  • Heel Pain
  • Achilles pain
  • Knee pain
  • Shin aches
  • Lower back pain
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Callus or corns

If you are facing problems in any of the above mentioned areas, please contact your local Guelph chiropodist and find out whether you need orthotics or not.

Who can benefit from orthotics?

People suffering from an ongoing foot pain

If you have continuous foot pain, it can be very difficult to lead a normal daily life. If you are not able to stand and walk properly and feel you need support. In such situations, custom made orthotics can be really helpful.

A diabetic patient

Diabetes can trigger nerve damage in the feet, and it is often the first place neuropathy manifests itself. As such diabetic patients lose sensation and therefore fail to feel cold or hot conditions, as well as pain and stress in their feet that may cause callus and corns that can lead to pressure ulcers if left untreated. There are many individuals suffering from diabetes who use orthotics in order to reduce or eliminate foot problems.

A patient of arthritis

Arthritis is a very painful condition that can damage the joints of certain parts of your body. Painful conditions in your legs, knee and feet can occur. Orthotics have been found to be beneficial.

Back and knee pain sufferers

If you have a persisting pain in your knees, hips and lower back region and didn’t receive any comfort with the conventional treatment, there could be some issue with your foot biomechanics. Orthotics can be an excellent medium to give you relief from such symptoms.

Runners and athletes

Individuals, who are active in sports benefit from custom made foot orthotics, increasing their strength, endurance and the ability to perform better. Orthotics provide support and alignment to the muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments of your leg to work efficiently and also prevent injuries and pain.

How do orthotics work?

In order to understand the function of orthotics, it is essential to understand the walking mechanism. With every step you give, your heel’s vertical axis must land inverted slightly to the ground with a position of a few degrees towards the heel’s outside. It is from where when your foot will start to flatten and come off the ground at the toes.

Henceforth, when you step, the weight actually swifts from outside of your foot to the inside of your foot and then again back to the lateral. The problem lies when these motions are too pronounced in the case of plantar fasciitis or not happening as much in the case of a pes cavus. When you seek the support of a corrective orthotic, it can impede your arch from dropping too much or it will aide your feet to absorb the shock and eliminate stress and pain.

Types of Orthotics

When you consult a our Guelph Chiropodist, she will prescribe you with either of the two categories.

Functional orthotics

It is basically designed for those with abnormal foot functioning. Such devices are made of plastic polymer materials, which is effective in preventing the flattening of the arch. While you walk or run, functional orthotics are also able to absorb the shock from the ground and reduce stress and rule out possibilities of any injury.

Accommodative orthotics

If you suffer from minor foot issues and foot pain, accommodative orthotics are best considered. This foot device is often prescribed to older adults that require a device to accommodate previous malformities like bunions, hammer toes, etc.

To learn more about Custom Orthotics Guelph call (519) 836-8008

 

  

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Wilson Health Services was founded in June of 2001 by Dr. Jason Wilson.  The office has grown over the years and is now a bustling multidisciplinary office.  Our team includes two Chiropractors, 3 Registered Massage Therapists, a Physiotherapist, a Naturopath, a Chiropodist and a Atheltic Therapist. We offer state of the art therapies like Shockwave, Class 4 Laser, Decompression and Fox laser for Fungal Nail removal.

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