Podiatry

What is a Podiatrist?

Podiatrists diagnose, manage and treat any issue from the knee joint down, with emphasis on the feet. Focus areas include; skin, nails, diabetic foot assessments, muscle pain, ligament injuries, tendinitis, sore joints, as well as the vascular and neurological system. Podiatrists use a wide range of approaches such as stretching and strengthening prescription, orthotic therapy, in shoe padding, manipulation, sports strapping, x-ray and ultrasound referrals, as well as the more common treatments of skin and nail problems.  

Podiatrists are university trained health practitioners that deal with issues of the feet and lower limbs covering a range of conditions and using a broad range of treatments to achieve the best result.

When would I need to see a Podiatrist?

Common issues treated by a podiatrist include; 
  • Plantar fasciitis and other causes of heel pain
  • Flat feet
  • Ankle pain
  • Ball of foot pain
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Bunions
  • Leg and Shin pain
  • Children’s feet including; in toeing gait, severs, knee pain, flat feet
  • Corns, calluses, fissures, warts and tinea
  • Nail problems, including ingrown toenails and fungal infections
  • Ulcerations

How long is a Podiatry consultation?

An initial consultation is usually 45 mins and follow-up consultations are usually 30 mins.

No referral is needed to see a podiatrist unless you wish to consult one under the Veterans’ Affairs scheme or for WorkCare in Queensland.

What will happen in a Podiatry consultation?

Your podiatrist may use a wide range of approaches such as stretching and strengthening prescription, orthotic therapy, in shoe padding, manipulation, sports strapping, x-ray and ultrasound referrals (for which we are bulk billed), as well as the more common treatments of skin and nail problems.

What happens during the appointment?

Your first appointment will involve a thorough case history and will require you to perform several activities to assess your current physical capabilities. From your assessment, appropriate goals will be set and a personalised program will be developed.

Following consultations will involve performing the exercises in your program with a focus on the strength and fitness goals developed after your assessment. Close supervision will ensure correct technique, and allow for modifications and exercise progression.

Emergencies

If you need a doctor urgently outside of our opening hours please call Byron District Hospital on 6639 9400.

For emergencies call 000 for an ambulance.

Urgent Care Clinic

On the day appointments are available by calling the surgery from 8am onwards until slots are filled. We recommend calling early to secure an appointment.

Opening Hours

Medical Centre
Monday – Friday: 8.30 – 17.00
Saturday: 8.30 – 11.30

Allied Health
Monday – Friday: 8.30 – 17.00
Saturday: 8.30 – 11.30