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General Questions

What is podiatry?

Podiatry is a field of medicine that focuses on preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions associated with the foot and ankle by medical, surgical or other means.

The skills of podiatrists are in increasing demand because disorders of the foot and ankle are among the most widespread and neglected health problems.

When should I see a podiatrist?

Any time you experience sore feet or pain, you should consider seeing a podiatrist.

Do I need a doctor’s referral to see a podiatrist?

You do not need a doctor’s referral to see a podiatrist.

How can I find a podiatrist near where I live?

An up-to-date listing of podiatrists is provided by provincial podiatry associations. To find a podiatrists near you, click on the appropriate province below.


British Columbia


New Brunswick (Not available)



Nova Scotia (Not available)

Prince Edward Island (Not available)

Can you recommend a podiatrist for me?

The CPMA does not provide recommendations. If you are looking for a podiatrist, please refer to the contact information provided above.

Why is an office fee charged to the patient?

Podiatric medicine is not included in the Canada Health Act; however, some provincial health plans (public medical insurance) provide partial coverage in select instances. Therefore, most podiatrists charge a fee to cover part or all of their services and treatment. Note: extended health plans (private medical insurance) often provide coverage for podiatric services — please verify with your individual plan.

Are visits covered by insurance?

Many private insurance companies include podiatric services in their coverage. Please check with your individual insurance company to find out if you are covered.

What are orthotics?

A biomechanical foot orthotic is a highly specialized piece of medical equipment that enables the joints and bones of the foot to be in a more stable position for standing and while in motion. Orthotics control each phase of the walking cycle, from the moment your heel contacts the ground to when your toes push off the surface.

CPMA Biomechanical Form

How often should orthotics be replaced?

Orthotics should be replaced a minimum of every two years.

Where can I obtain more information about podiatry?

There are several good Internet sites that provide information about podiatrists. Check out our “Links” page. Also, to find out the requirements for foot care in your province, contact the appropriate provincial association:


British Columbia


New Brunswick (Not available)



Saskatchewan (Not Available)

What is the CPMA Seal of Approval and Acceptance?

The CPMA Seal of Acceptance/Approval is a program that recognizes products deemed beneficial to foot health. The Seal of Approval program evaluates the use of therapeutic products. The Seal is awarded to a product after it has been recognized by the CPMA Seal of Acceptance/Approval Committee determines whether the product promotes quality foot health. The Seal of Acceptance evaluates footwear and other external products such as equipment, hosiery and materials.

Click here for more information or to apply for the Seal.