Podiatrists provide preventative care, diagnosis and treatment of a range of problems affecting the feet, ankles and lower legs for people of all ages. This may include infections, defects and injuries, as well as foot and nail conditions related to other major health disorders such as diabetes. They are also able to advice to patients on improving mobility, independence and quality of life.
The most common disorders that are treated include bunions, heel pain/spurs, hammertoes, neuromas, in-growing toenails, warts, corns and calluses. The Podiatric physician also provides treatment for sprains, fractures, infections, and injuries of the foot, ankle and heel.
An initial consultation with the Podiatrist will be focussed on the history of the present ailment. An assessment will be made on the structure and mechanical behaviour of the feet in order to understand how your movement patterns may be adding to the pain or injury. They will also assess your footwear (you will be asked to bring a selection with you) and any inserts you may be already using. A video may also be taken of you walking and/or running on a treadmill in order to undertake a Gait analysis.
The outcome of this will be a discussion with you about the findings and agreeing on a plan what needs to be done to best alleviate your symptoms and set you on a road to recovery.