Podiatry is an allied health practice that is dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and health of the foot, ankle and lower limb. Podiatry is not limited to musculoskeletal problems in the body. Podiatrists are also able to treat both skin and nail pathologies of the feet.
Podiatrists play an important role across a variety of pain points, including biomechanical problems, chronic injuries and conditions affecting the nails and skin. Podiatry can provide support for the elderly and people with a disability, through ongoing monitoring of mobility and foot health. Podiatry supports and manages sports injuries, as well as providing footwear advice for individuals involved in sport at any level. It is also recognised for the management of diabetes and lower limb complications.
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It is easy to take feet and ankles for granted until things go awry. Pain and other complications in these areas can be debilitating. Often, the problems aren’t isolated either.
Many issues of the foot can impact upon our health, happiness, satisfaction and mental wellbeing. An issue of the foot can inhibit our lives in the workplace and wider social environments, in more ways than one. However, when podiatry is utilised to treat injury or pain it can result in:
- Greater mobility and flexibility.
- Improved muscle activation.
- Improved running or athletic performance.
- Alleviation of pain and tension.
- Prevention of future problems and injury.
After an initial assessment and consultation, our trained podiatrists can determine where podiatry sits in your individual treatment plan during rehabilitation and recovery.
What should I expect during my consultation?
Our podiatrists use the latest technology for assessment, diagnosis and education. We draw upon well-established research and engage in evidence-based practice to provide the highest level of diagnostic skill. The result is an individualised treatment plan that meets your specific personal needs to get you back on your feet, faster.
We work in partnership with Pure Physio to ensure that our approach is thorough. We’re comprehensive in our search for underlying causes or complaints, and we work hard to restore your feet to optimal health. It’s all about getting you back to normal life and back into the physicality of your regular routine.
Podiatry works due to our comprehensive approach and detailed assessment of your medical and injury history. Podiatry can benefit everyone: from those with mobility concerns and challenges, to high-performing athletes.
Your podiatrist will consider your footwear, occupation, work, and lifestyle to diagnose the health of your feet and lower limbs. As each injury and issue will vary per individual, a tailored approach ensures treatment that aligns with your fitness and lifestyle goals. We can also help you choose the correct footwear or running shoes to suit your lifestyle and feet.
Management of foot pain may involve manual therapy, the use of instruments, tools and shoe inserts or orthotics. .
Education also plays a key role in the benefit and efficacy of podiatry. Our podiatrists inform clients of specific self-care practices and exercise techniques that promote self-management and prevention of future injury.
the foot and ankle. This includes treatment of muscle injuries, tendon injuries, joint sprains, osteoarthritis, or overuse conditions. Some of the commonly seen conditions include:
- Heel pain or injury (e.g. plantar fasciitis)
- Ankle pain and knee pain
- Painful corns or callouses
- Ingrown toe nails
- Forefoot pain or injury
- Arch pain
- Bunion pain (e.g. hallux abductovalgus)
- Osteoarthritis of the foot or ankle
While podiatry is utilised as a form of treatment for injuries and pain, we also facilitate assessments for athletes and people engaging in sport. The feet and lower leg play a significant role in almost every sport, and the demands placed on them during periods of intense physical activity can be immense. Podiatry can help facilitate improved efficiency, resulting in greater performance for the individual.
In addition to tailored treatment plans for pain management, our trained podiatrists can assess and treat strains and injuries stemming from sporting accidents or overuse, and design a management plan to prevent injuries in the future.
While you do not require a referral to see a podiatrist, we will accept a podiatry referral for all foot complaints. Our podiatrists can provide education, treatment, and if needed, arrange a referral pathway to an appropriate service where further specialisation is required.
To make the most of your initial consultation it’s important to bring a pair of shoes you wear every day, and a pair you use for exercise. This will help us analyse the type of shoes you wear in relation to your injury. You can also bring along any medical information or X-rays you have undergone post-injury or pain.
To determine your needs for a custom orthotic, we consider joint range and quality of movement, injury history, strength, flexibility, and the axis and position of your joints, in addition to factoring in your day-to-day or competitive activities. They can be used to treat pain related to many different overuse conditions which develop in the feet, legs, and lower back as a result of our biomechanics and gait.
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