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What is Podiatry?

Podiatry is a branch of medicine that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect the feet and ankles.  Podiatrists can provide medical and surgical treatment for foot and ankle conditions, as well as general foot care, such as nail and callus care. In addition to treating specific foot and ankle conditions, podiatrists can also help patients to manage chronic foot and ankle problems and to maintain the overall health and function of their feet and ankles. Podiatry is an important part of the healthcare system, as the feet and ankles are essential for mobility and are often the foundation of overall physical health.

What do our Podiatrists treat and manage?

Health First Group’s expert podiatrists can treat a broad range of foot conditions in people of all ages, including:

    • Foot and ankle injuries, such as sprains, strains, and fractures
    • Foot and ankle pain, including heel pain, arch pain, and toe pain
    • Toenail problems, such as ingrown toenails and fungal infections
    • Foot and ankle deformities, such as bunions, hammertoes, and flat feet
    • Diabetic foot care, including management of neuropathy and the prevention of foot ulcers
    • Foot and ankle surgery, including reconstructive surgery and the treatment of foot and ankle conditions that have not responded to other forms of treatment.

When should I see a Podiatrist?

It is a good idea to see a podiatrist if you have any concerns about your feet or ankles. This may include issues such as foot pain, toenail problems, foot injuries, or any other foot or ankle conditions that are causing you discomfort or difficulty walking. Podiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle conditions, so they are an excellent resource for anyone with foot or ankle problems. If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain, or if you have any other concerns about your feet or ankles, it is a good idea to see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get started with Podiatry?

Call your local clinic today to arrange an appointment. Alternately, click here to book an appointment online.

Do I need a referral to see a Podiatrist?

No. You can seek the assistance of a Podiatrist independently and self-refer.

Do you accept Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) referrals for Podiatry?

Yes. In recent years, the Federal Government initiated the Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) plan which is funded by Medicare. People who satisfy the criteria for “chronic pain” are entitled to up to five (5) treatments per calendar year from allied health providers. We do not charge a ‘gap’ payment for EPC podiatry consultations.

Speak to your doctor for further information if you think you may be eligible.

Is Podiatry covered under the NDIS?

Yes, we are a registered NDIS provider and are able to provide services under CB Daily Living, Improved Daily Living Skills and Assistive Technologies categories.

In addition to providing a full range of podiatry services we are able to assist participants who have:

  • The fitting and prescription of custom orthotics, the Richie brace and various shoe inserts, aids and equipment to assist clients with foot deformities, abnormal gait patterns and biomechanical abnormalities.
  • Difficulty reaching their feet to cut toe nails. We can provide general podiatry care to relieve discomfort and prevent pressure areas developing.
  • Problems with putting on everyday footwear, by supplying shoe horns or sock aids for the fitting of socks and hosiery.
  • The supply and fitting of compression and medical grade socks and hosiery for those suffering with poor circulation.
  • Diabetic and arthritic evaluations and neurological and vascular assessments.
  • Surgical evaluation, advice and recommendation for foot deformities, warts and ingrown toenails.

Do all of your clinics offer Podiatry?

Not currently. For a list of services offered at your nearest clinic, click here

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