What is the roll of a Podiatrist?
There are a series of treatments and assessments that a podiatrist can use/give, some of these are, biomechanical assessments, gait analysis, kids podiatry, orthotics, footwear assessment, general podiatry, and the treatment of sports injuries.
Podiatrist also work extensively with optimizing sports performance, injury prevention, improving daily comfort when walking and/or when at work, and much more. Therefore, you do not need to be in pain to see a podiatrist.
What can I expect from my Podiatry appointment?
How often do I need to visit a podiatrist?
I have a muscle / sports injury. Can a podiatrist help me?
We frequently treat several athletes in a wide range of sports, from professionals all the way down to recreational exercises.
If you have experienced a sports injury of the lower limb or joints, come in to Doveston Health today.
Do I need a referral to see a Podiatrist?
If you are a private patient and/or wanting to claim your private health insurance, you do not need a referral, but you will need to provide your private health card.
For Work Cover, Bulk Billed Medicare EPC or Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) claims, a doctors referral is required. If you have consulted your GP already regarding your condition and they have given you a referral, please remember to bring that along to your appointment.
What do I need to bring along to my first podiatry appointment?
What training does a Podiatrist have to undergo?
What do Orthotics do?
Custom made orthotic devices moulded to provide support to the arch of the foot, improving knee alignment and reducing pain when running. This technique has been very successful at resolving issues of the foot, ankle, knee, leg, hip and back discomfort or pain.
How can we avoid ingrown toenails?
Always try to cut your nails straight across and do not cut the corners too short. Cutting down the sides of nails incorrectly can leave a small sharp edge, creating a ‘spike’ which then grows up into the skin. Always wash your toes before cutting nails as this will help prevent infection and spread of fungus if there is any.
If you believe you have an ingrown toenail, we advise that you do not try to cut this out yourself as in some cases can make it matters worse. We suggest you see a Podiatrist as they have the skills to correct this issue.
What causes Foot Pain?
The day-to-day stresses on the foot can be aggravated by various environments and conditions such as in the workplace or in sports. Please note that these are just some causes and not all.
Why do I need to see a Podiatrist if I have Diabetes?
Regular checks can help to reduce the risk of developing ulceration and infection. At Doveston Health, we perform a thorough assessment and provide a written report to your GP as we understand that the best health outcomes occur with collaboration with your health care team.
What does a diabetic assessment consist of? Might have to get the podiatrist to write this one as I am not sure what the process is even after extensive google research.
A Doppler ultrasound is used and prints off a report that shows how strong the blood flow is from your heart down to your feet.
Your blood pressure is also tested at your ankle level and compared to your usual pressure taken from your arm.
Once all results have been collaborated, a report is then sent to your GP for an assessment. This is all repeated semi-regularly to ensure no changes have occurred.