13th Biennial Canadian Orthopaedic


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The OPMA and its members salute the B.C. podiatrists for taking proper foot health care to the public. 

Free foot care pilot project in Abbotsford, B.C. showing positive signs for patients.

The Globe and Mail
by Megan Devlin

Dr. Scott Schumacher poses for a photograph at his podiatry practice in Surrey, B.C., on Jan. 6, 2018.


...The program in Abbotsford, about an hour's drive east of Vancouver, is studying the impact of providing a free foot clinic to vulnerable patients in the dsialysis unit. Poor circulation paired with neuropathy, a lack of sensation in the feet, means these patients are prone to developing open wounds and infections that put them at risk for amputation.

Initial results from the three-year study indicate the free care has reduced the number of leg amputations by half, echoing larger studies from the United States that have shown access to foot care reduces leg amputation in diabetics.

However, the clinic's future is in doubt. Funding from the BC Renal Agency, which is overseen by the Provincial Health Services Authority, for the three-year project ended at the end of 2017, though the renal agency recently provided additional funding to keep the clinic open until March.

Dr. Scott Schumacher, a podiatrist who specializes in diabetic wounds and works at the foot clinic, said there's no question the clinic is saving patients' legs – while also saving the health-care system money...

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OPMA President Jim Hill presents MPP Cristina Martins with Award for Bill Prohibiting Mandatory High Heels in the Workplace


"Putting Your Best Foot Forward Act" Cristina Martins, Toronto MPP.

Follow the "Putting Your Best Foot Forward Act".

Toronto MPP Cristina Martins (Davenport) tabled her “Putting Your Best Foot Forward Act” today, October 17, 2017, in the Ontario Legislature. The Bill will make changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and “prohibit employers from requiring an employee to wear footwear that is not appropriate to the protection required for their work."

The President of the Ontario Podiatric Medical Association, James Hill stated: “Clinical evidence demonstrates that wearing high heeled shoes causes a much higher incidence of bunions, musculoskeletal pain and injury than those who do not wear high heels.”

OPMA applauds this Private Member's Bill  for advancing workers' foot health in Ontario.

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OPMA Submission to Minsitry

On March 7, 2017, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care released the Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council's (HPRAC) Chiropody and Podiatry: Regulation of the Profession and the Model of Foot Care in Ontario

The Ministry held a 45-day public consultation on the report and recommendations.

The OPMA made a submission to the Ministry on April 21, 2017. Click the picture below to read the submission. 

The College of Chiropodists of Ontario also made a submission to the Ministry on April 21, 2017. Click the image below to read the submission.

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OPMA's Submission to HPRAC

With the support of the OPMA, the College of Chiropodists asked the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to initiate a review by the Health Professions  Regulatory Advisory Council (HPRAC) on the proposal to convert to a podiatry model, analogous to the models operating in British Columbia and Alberta, not to mention all US states and an increasing number of foreign jurisdictions. The OPMA made two submissions to HPRAC regarding the Chiropody and Podiatry review. 

See OPMA's final submission to HPRAC here 

On August 28, 2015, HPRAC transmitted its reports on Ontario's footcare model and the chiropody and podiatry professions to the Minister and Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. In September, the Minister determined that he wants the Ministry to do additional work relating to HPRAC's recommendations pertaining to the podiatric scope of practice. At this time we have not been given the timeframe for the work to be completed and the report to be released.

Representatives of the OPMA have met with Minister Hoskins himself several times, as well as with the members of his personal staff who are responsible for this file and with senior Ministry officials. The OPMA has also been very actively engaged with the College and with the OSC. The OSC has indicated that it is "100%" supportive of the College's recommendations to HPRAC and we are all working together to try to get the necessary legislation drafted, tabled in the Legislature and passed before the next election in June 2018.

Upcoming events

Tej Sahota on CH Morning Live Promotes healthcare.

Hartley Miltchin, DPM,  on behalf of The Ontario Podiatric Medical Association appeared on TORONTO’S NUMBER ONE MORNING SHOW, BREAKFAST TELEVISION on CITY TV to promote FOOT HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH.

Dangers of Pedicures

CBC INVESTIGATES | Worker with open sore, reuse of disposables among recent problems found at Manitoba nail salons

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Learn more about the growing dangers of pedicures and some helpful "Stay Safe" tips in an installment of CTV's "Customer Alert".

PMA Past President Dr. Bruce Ramsden Meets Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins

Dr. Bruce Ramsden (OPMA Past President), right, and Dr. Eric Hoskins (Minister of Health and Long-Term Care), left.


Canadian Podiatrist Receives Fellowship from RCPSG

On October 27, 2016, Dr. Robert Chelin, DPM was conferred a fellowship at the University of Glasgow at an elaborate ceremony from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (RCPSG). The ceremony was attended by over 500 practitioners of various specialties in the prestigious "Butte Hall", a very historic building at the University.

Dr. Robert Chelin at the RCPS (Glasgow)

After the induction ceremony, a special dinner was held at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, honoring all the inductees. This historic building has hosted the likes of Dr. Joseph Lister the father of "antisepsis" and Dr. David Livingstone.

OPMA Participates in the Annual Women's Liberal Caucus Golf Tournament at Rattlesnake Point, August 25, 2016

Dr. Kel Sherkin represented the OPMA at the annual Women's Liberal Caucus Golf Tournament in August and was gratified by the opportunity to be able to speak to both the Premier and Deputy Premier about the podiatry profession and the opportunities to more fully use podiatrists to the benefit of Ontario's healthcare delivery system.

From left to right: Debbie Humphreys, Acting CEO, Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors; Don Gracey, The CG Group; Premier Kathleen Wynne; Dr. Kel Sherkin, OPMA President; Dr. Frances Flint, Board Member, Ontario Athletic Therapist Association.

From left to right: Debbie Humphreys, Acting CEO, Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors; Kel Sherkin, President, OPMA; the Hon. Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier and Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Digital Government; Dr. Frances Flint, Board Member, Ontario Athletic Therapist Association; and Don Gracey, The CG Group.

Ontario Podiatrists Participate in the Walk to Conquer Cancer

Congrats to OPMA members on the September 12th, 2015 Walkathon!

Dr. Neil Naftolin (far right), Dr. Steve Haber (far left and front row), Dr. Sam Ber, Dr. Bob Chelin (left back row) Dr. Kel Sherkin, and Dr.Danny Rosenthal.

 Source: PM News [9/17/15]

Members of the Ontario Podiatric Medical Association (OPMA) offered their services at the various stops along the route. They provided foot care ranging from blister care to applying strapping for the multiple foot and ankle strains. 

Under the lead of Dr. Neil Naftolin, the other podiatrists who offered their assistance were Dr. Steve Haber, Dr. Sam Ber, Dr. Bob Chelin, Dr. Kel Sherkin, and Danny Rosenthal.

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