Chiropody

Offered at GSH Medical Liberty Village (formally known as East Liberty Medical Center).

Tony Hu, B.Sc. D.Pod.M

Tony Hu holds a D.Pod.M. designation through the Michener Institute of Applied Sciences. He completed his B.Sc. majoring in Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Biology at the University of Waterloo. He is currently a registered member of the Ontario College of Chiropodists. Tony has a vast understanding and experience in all aspects of foot heath including skin and nail pathologies, biomechanical assessments, custom orthotics, wound care and soft tissue surgery.

Tony is a passionate and caring Chiropodist. He believes everyone young and old deserves to have the best care for their health. His emphasis is on foot health, an important issue people tend to overlook in their busy daily lives. Tony’s previous clinical experience includes Erin Mills Podiatry, Sherbourne Health Clinic, Toronto General Hospital, St. Michael’s Hospital, St. John’s Rehabilitation Hospital and Woman’s College Hospital. His practice now encompasses all the valuable experiences he has gained throughout the years in different clinical settings. Tony also has an interest in the latest advancements in foot health technology such the use of 3-dimensional laser casting technique for custom orthotics and is certified in fitting/dispensing custom compression stockings.

At GSH Medical Liberty Village, (formally known as East Liberty Medical Centre) we provide a variety of services for the treatment of the foot and ankle. Our service include:

Diabetic Foot Assessments
Nail Care
Ingrown Toenails
Corns/ Callus
Plantar Warts
Arch Pain
Heel Pain/ Plantar Fasciitis
Fungal Infections
Ankle Sprains
Ankle Braces
Wound Care/Ulcer Management
Soft Tissue Surgery
Biomechanical Evaluations
Custom Orthotics (3D Laser or Plaster of Paris)
Orthopedic Shoes
Compression Therapy (Jobst)

New patients are welcome. Please call GSH Medical Liberty Village or book an appointment online.

What is a Chiropodist?
A Chiropodist is a Foot and Ankle Specialist, and is regulated a Primary Health Care Practitioner. Our Chiropodists are qualified and regulated under the College of Chiropodists of Ontario.
Their scope of practice includes everything but not limited to:
Diabetic Foot Assessments?Nail Care?Ingrown Toenails?Corns/ Callus?Plantar Warts?Arch Pain?Heel Pain/ Plantar Fasciitis?Fungal Infections?Ankle Sprains?Ankle Braces?Wound Care/Ulcer Management?Soft Tissue Surgery
Nail Surgery?Biomechanical Evaluations?Custom Orthotics (3D Laser or Plaster of Paris)?
What is the difference between a chiropodists and a podiatrist?
In Ontario, the scope of practice of both Chiropodists and Podiatrists is the assessment of the foot and the treatment and prevention of diseases, disorders or dysfunction of the foot by therapeutic, orthotic, surgical or palliative means.
A Registered Chiropodist is authorized to prescribe certain oral/topical medications, cut into the subcutaneous tissues of the foot, and administer by injection into the foot any substances designated in the regulations. Podiatrists have the same authorized functions as chiropodists listed above, but some of them are also authorized to cut into the bones of the forefoot.

What does the initial assessment/treatment entail?
The initial assessment and treatment would be dependent on the foot problem you are experiencing. For the majority of patients, a proper patient history is taken, followed by a physical assessment which may include vascular, neurological and/or muskeoskeletal examinations. A biomechanical and gait analysis may also be performed. Treatment will also be performed on the initial visit when possible. ?
Will Insurance Cover My Foot Care Treatment/Orthotics?
For the most part- Yes. Most insurance policies do have coverage for chiropody/podiatry treatments and for orthotics. Generally, most private insurance policies will have an allotted amount for foot care treatment, and a separate amount for orthotics. If you would like assistance in contacting your insurance company, please feel free to ask our staff.