What does a podiatrist do ?
Podiatrists are university qualified allied health care providers who specialise in diagnosis, prevention and treatment of the lower limb and foot.
Do I need a referral to visit a podiatrist ?
No, although many patients are referred to our practice. However, if you hold a Department of Veteran’s Affairs “Gold Card” or are eligible for Medicare’s “EPC” Enhanced Primary Care plan for chronic and complex conditions, then you will require under these circumstances for a G.P to evaluate your eligibility and provide us a Medicare-EPC referral.
Will my private health fund insurance cover me for podiatry ?
Most private health fund insurance providers will cover you for podiatry. It is advised to contact your provider to determine the amount of cover provided.
What services and treatments do podiatrist’s provide ?
Podiatry North treats heel pain, plantar fasciitis, sports injuries, ankle sprains, heel spurs, arch pain, flat feet, children’s foot problems, in-toeing, out-toeing, diabetes foot health assessments and treatment, bunions , Ingrown toenails (including toe nail surgery), corns/callus/nails, thickened nails and warts.
How often should I visit a podiatrist ?
In the majority of cases prevention is the key, so regular checkups and general footcare maintenance is important. Complex conditions such as diabetes should have their feet checked a minimum of once per year, with regular ongoing general treatment. Wearers of orthotics should have them checked periodically every 2 years or sooner dependant upon use.
Orthotics are devices which are placed inside your footwear and are designed to support, align or improve the function of the foot. There are various types of orthotics, the most common types are (OTC) over the counter type and custom orthotics. Custom orthotics are generally what the podiatrist will recommend as they are prescription devices custom made to suit your individual biomechanics (the way your body moves)
Do I need a referral for orthotics ?
No, however many patients are referred from G.P’s, physiotherapists, sports physician or fitness trainers.
Whats the difference between over the counter and custom othotics ?
Over the counter orthotics (OTC) are a made to fit a general, average foot type, and as such are limited in the correction they provide. They are typically made from compressible foam which have a short life span and which can distort quickly dependant upon activity and weight of the patient, although they do offer short term pain relief in certain circumstances and therefore occasionally have a place in treatment Custom orthotics are just that, custom made and prescribed to your specific condition and needs, and are made of durable materials which last on average 2-3 years depending on your footwear and your sport or activity levels.
Who wears orthotics ?
People of all ages with a variety of foot or lower limb conditions wear orthotics. Sportspeople are often prescribed orthotics by a podiatrist to help maximise their performance, as well as address any biomechanical faults. However, anyone suffering from foot pain or a chronic foot or lower limb condition, which may limit their mobility or independence, may benefit from wearing orthotics.