Let me introduce myself. I am a chiropodist/ podiatrist who has been happily practicing for 27 years in southern Ontario. Why I am happy? I love my profession. I am not sure how many people can say that today, but I am one of those lucky people. Every day, I help people and make them feel better as they walk out my office in less pain. Over the years, I have been honoured to treated 4 generations of several families. Hopefully, I will get to treat 5 generations. I have heard about births, anniversaries, weddings, retirements, graduations, the trials and tribulations of daily living and unfortunately deaths. The deaths of your patients are difficult since you have developed a relationship over years and sometimes decades. I especially respect the Canadian war veterans who served their country. Sometimes they will tell you about memories that make you wonder if they ever told their families. Yes there are difficult days but every job has those days. But through it all, I can’t wait to greet the next patient sitting in my treatment room or reception area. Many of my patients have taught me things throughout the years that are amazing. You realize as the years go by that the learning process is a two way street. People ask me, how I can stand to look at feet every day. The simple answer is that feet are attached to an interesting person. People also ask me, how I ended up in this profession. In my case, I was advised by my uncle who knew a podiatrist. My uncle was impressed by his skill and manner. My choice was finalized when I talked it over with my family doctor back in 1982. He said there was a need for foot care in Ontario. Today, 30 years later, there is still a need for foot care services provided by chiropodist/podiatrist throughout Canada because of the aging population. I would recommend this profession to any graduating university student. If I had to do it all over again I would choose the profession of chiropody/podiatry in a heartbeat.
Peter Guy BSc, DCh