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The Ontario Podortho Nursing Association

Who are we & What do we do?

Podortho® Nurses are registered Nurses (RN’s, RPN’s, NP’s) that have obtained post graduate continuing education in the specialized field of advanced medical foot and lower limb Care. The primary objective of a Podortho Nurse is to optimize foot health, improve client mobility and their client’s overall health related quality of life. This is achieved by performing lower leg and foot assessments, which has been known to detect early signs of life altering diseases or disabling conditions.  In conjunction, Podortho® Nurses use the Nursing process to assess, diagnose (nursing), develop plan of care, provide therapeutic treatment, and evaluate patient outcomes, while working either independently or as part of an interdisciplinary health care team providing quality client care. 

Podortho Nurses graduate from a comprehensive post graduate program where they study in depth evidence-based theory and obtain superior clinical practices.  Facilitators and mentors are seasoned Podortho Nurses, physiotherapists, Retired Podiatrists, Chiropractors, Occupational Therapists. This continued education consists of; Anatomy of the foot and lower limb, physiology, pathology, various disease processes, nail and skin care, wound care, lower limb vascular education, pain management, laser therapy, biomechanics, gait analysis, structural deformities, infection control, foot care techniques and treatments, instrumentation and procedures, assessment, and documentation, planning and management of a Podortho Nursing foot and lower limb care plan.

Foot Care Nurses may acquire this advanced continuing education by providing their Foot Care Certificate of Completion, register for the additional online courses available and complementary to OPNA members which is required to become a Podortho® Nurse ensuring all members have the same level of advanced knowledge and skills. OPNA members will be able to use the trademark title Podortho® Nurse. Foot Care Nurses may also choose to participate in the Foot Care Nurse to Podortho Nurse Bridge program to refresh and upgrade their theoretical and clinical practice. This is not mandatory to become a Podortho® Nurse, however, may be recommended by OPNA Directors to upgrade the Nurses knowledge, skill and judgement to ensure all members have obtained this higher level of education to provide this more advanced care consistent with the OPNA Podortho Nurse Core Competencies (PNCC).

Podortho® Nurses are regulated health care providers (RHCP) who have obtained the knowledge, skills and judgement to practice in the field of advanced medical foot and lower limb care. Podortho® Nurses are insured health care providers and are members of the College of Nurses of Ontario. OPNA (not for profit organization) maintains  the Podortho® Nurse Trademark title for their members and encourages advanced practice so their members are able to provide complete client care working to their full scopes of practice in this specialized area of care.

Member Benefits

Podortho® Nurse Title Protection
Members Only Access
Advocation of your Professional Practice
Podortho Nurse Recognition
Discounts from Vendors
Online Continuing Education Complementary to OPNA Members
Find a Podortho® Nurse Tool
Podortho® Nurse Core Competencies

Practice Statement


Podortho Nurse Specialists are Registered Nurses (Registered Practical Nurse/Registered Nurse) that specialize in the field of Advanced Medical Foot and Lower Limb Care. The primary objective of a Podortho Nurse is to optimize foot and limb health, improve client mobility and overall Health Related Quality of Life.

Yearly Membership
$200 year
  • Ensure standard fee’s are set
  • Access Podortho Nurse Care Plans
  • Listed in Podortho Search Tool
  • Vendor Benefits & Early Access
  • Members Only Discussions
  • Use of the title Podortho® Nurse
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