Helping you put your best foot forward

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When people think about Podiatry, the first service that often comes to mind is toenail cutting and the removal of hard skin (callus) from the heels. What many people don’t realise though is that a Podiatrist can do so much more for your feet and lower limbs.

Podiatry covers a surprisingly large number of different problems and concerns. The following may prompt a visit to the Podiatrist:

  • Heel pain due to conditions such as plantar fasciitis, heel spurs and Sever’s Disease
  • Pain and difficulty finding comfortable footwear due to bunions and claw toes
  • Foot pain due to condition such as bursitis and neuromas
  • Sports related conditions such as shin splints and chronic knee and ankle pain
  • Growing pains, toe walking and flat feet in children and adolescents 

What else can a Podiatrist do?

Podiatrists are trained to provide a much broader range of services than people initially realise. In addition to routine nail care, they use their technical expertise to provide a range of services in relation to foot and lower limb problems. They are trained to:

  • Conduct special tests and assessments (e.g. biomechanical assessments) to identify the most likely cause of your foot or leg problem;
  • Provide a professional diagnosis and develop a personalised treatment plan that takes into account your unique requirements and podiatry needs; and
  • Prescribe and fit a range of custom foot orthotics to improve foot function and provide ongoing podiatry management, support and advice. 

When to see a Podiatrist

The Australian Podiatry Association recommends booking an appointment with a Podiatrist if you notice or experience:

  • Recurring or ongoing foot or leg pain
  • Uneven shoe wear or need footwear advice
  • Changes in the way you walk e.g. limping, tripping
  • A chronic condition such as diabetes or arthritis that affects your feet
  • Difficulties reaching and caring for your feet

There are of course many other reasons to see a Podiatrist so the list above should only be used a guide. As a rule of thumb, if you have any foot or leg related questions or concerns, an appointment with a Podiatrist is a logical first step.

How to see a Podiatrist at the Health Hub

Making an appointment with our qualified Podiatrist at the Health Hub is as easy as booking online or phoning 1300 709 076. Best of all, a referral isn’t necessary to be seen by a Podiatrist unless you intend to claim from a third party such as WorkCover.

 

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