What is Podiatry?
Podiatrists can diagnose, treat and help you prevent many conditions such as:
- Diabetes assessment with regards to foot health
- General podiatry treatment, including corn, callous debridement, and nail surgery
- Department of Veterans Affairs, Enhanced Primary Care and Transport Accident Commission clients welcome with your General Practitioners referral
- Footwear prescription, modification and advice
- Gait analysis (biomechanics and foot function)
- Workplace, sporting and recreational injury assessment, diagnosis and treatment. This includes common problems such as heel pain, plantar fasciitis, shin pain, patellofemoral dysfunction etc. Return to exercise programs can be written where appropriate to prevent recurrence
- Orthotic therapy
Your initial consultation can take up to an hour during when a Dietitian will find out about your specific food and nutrition concerns or interests, taking into account your medical history and gather information about your lifestyle.
A comprehensive diet history will help determine your likes and dislikes and identify your usual eating patterns. After discussing what it is you would like to achieve and setting goals, information will be tailored to you to fit in with your lifestyle and nutritional requirements.
Support and a positive environment are vital in ensuring you achieve your goals and maintain them. Nutritional plans are based around the correct balance of normal everyday foods and not just fancy or expensive supplements.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Training does a Podiatrist do?
Podiatrists undergo 4 years full time training at one of 5 universities in Australia. The training consists of theory, internal clinical skills practice and external clinical skills practice at clinics in both metropolitan and country regions. Our Podiatrist is registered with the State Registration Board of Victoria and is a member of the Australian Podiatry Association
Is Podiatry covered by Medicare?
In certain cases your GP can refer you to a Podiatrist under what is called an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) plan. This is only available for certain complex, chronic conditions so discuss this with your GP. Podiatry is otherwise covered by most major private health funds with rebates available immediately at our clinic.
Do I need a referral?
No. As Podiatrists are primary care health practitioners, a referral is not required. If your injury is under a Workcover claim or a TAC claim you will need a referral from your GP.