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What is Podiatry?
Podiatry is a respected allied health profession focused on issues affecting the health of your feet, ankles and lower limbs. At Spine Sport Feet we have two dedicated Podiatrists, Catherine and Peter, who are experienced in treating a wide variety of conditions.
Podiatrists are university educated health professionals who must undertake degrees including clinical training over 4 years.
Podiatry services may be covered by Health Care rebates, GP care plans and DVA, depending on patient circumstances. Our podiatrists are also registered to provide services under the NDIS scheme.
Conditions treated by Podiatrists
Podiatrists treat many conditions and general ailments including:
- heel pain
- plantar fasciitis
- heel spur syndrome
- flat feet
- high arches
- hip, knee or lower back pain
- shin splints
- ankle pain or instability
- forefoot pain
- neuroma or metatarsalgia
- sports injuries
- foot conditions associated with diabetes
- arthritic conditions
- corns and callouses
Foot pain and Sports injuries
Foot and lower limb pain can be acute (short term) or chronic (long term). Podiatry can assist in both the diagnosis and management of foot and lower limb pain. In some cases, pain in other areas of the body may be coming from a functional problem in your feet. We provide a full biomechanical assessment to diagnose the issue and provide short and long term solutions. This service can also provide solutions for preventative care for arthritis in the feet.
Our Podiatrists can provide orthotics to assist with the management of your foot conditions.
Orthotics may be custom made and these are manufactured with the use of a 3D scanner after biomechanical examination. Orthotics can also be modified off-the-shelf devices which are prescribed specifically to your feet after biomechanical examination.
Health care rebates may be available for orthotics.
Diabetic Foot Care and Screening
Regular diabetic foot screening is recommended for all diabetic patients. Our podiatrists will assess the status of the blood flow to your feet, the level of sensation in your feet and examine the skin and nails for any concerns. Reports of findings will be discussed with you and can be passed on to your general practitioner.
General Foot Care
Podiatrists perform a range of general foot care services, including:
- nail cutting for those who cannot reach or bend to their toes. This can be due to having back trouble, post-operative or just not being able to quite get down to your toes without a struggle;
- reduce cracks and remove hard skin on heels to help reduce lesions and infection;
- remove callouses and corns to help your feet feel better and get you back moving without pain;
- provide padding to offload the pressure areas, to keep you on your feet longer; and
- Reduce thickened nails using a gentle method to minimise pain at the nail and enhance the appearance.
Ingrown toenails are a common complaint and can be extremely uncomfortable. They can be acute (short term) or chronic (long term) and sometimes involve an infection.
Treatment of ingrown toenails can involve cutting the nail to remove the ingrown portion of the nail and reshaping the nail to allow better regrowth. If required, local anaesthetic can be used to make this process more comfortable.
In certain situations permanent removal of a portion of the toenail and prevention of regrowth is required to achieve a good long term outcome, however this will only be considered after consultation with your podiatrist. Please note that any surgical or invasive procedure carries risk. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
We are here to help
If you suffer from these or other foot problems, make an appointment to have your feet checked today.
To book an appointment to see a podiatrist at Spine Sport Feet clinic, please call us on (07) 5580 5655.