282 Welland Ave St. Catharines, ON L2R 2P9 | 238 Bertie St Fort Erie, ON L2A 1Z5


Frequently Asked Questions

Take a moment to browse the frequently asked questions below or contact Orvitz Podiatry to schedule an appointment at our clinics in St. Catharines and Fort Erie!

Are referrals required at Orvitz Podiatry?

New patients do not require a family doctor’s referral. If you do have a specific podiatric concern, feel free to ask your doctor to send a referral request and we’d be happy to set up an appointment.

Are podiatry visits covered by OHIP?

Unfortunately OHIP only covers a small portion of podiatry office visits. The patient is responsible for the portion OHIP does not cover. Extended Health Insurance will often cover in part, or whole the patient's portion of the visit though, this is of course dependent on an Individuals extended health insurance coverage. We are providers for Green Shield Canada and Blue Cross for Veteran Affairs, and can bill directly to them for podiatry services. Other insurance companies require patients to pay up front for podiatry services and submit receipts to their insurance company themselves.

Is Orvitz Podiatry wheelchair-accessible? Do you have free parking?

Yes, our St. Catharines Office is wheelchair accessible though, unfortunately our Fort Erie Office is not (there is a flight of stairs leading to the Fort Erie Office). Ample free parking is available at our St. Catharines Office whilst our Fort Erie Office is located in the Medical Building beside the Douglas Memorial Hospital. It shares the parking lot with the hospital, and is subject to metered costs.

Are appointments required?

To assure that each patient has the time necessary to consult with the podiatrist, appointments are required.

What can I expect at my first appointment?

We require new patients to fill out our new patient form which includes personal information such as your name, address, health card number, current foot ailments and more. There is also a comprehensive medical questionnaire to fill out, so please remember to bring a list of any medications you are currently taking. These forms are vital for our podiatrist to assess your foot care needs. Once our podiatrist assesses your condition, he will recommend treatment options to help you live a pain-free life.

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