What Can a Podiatrist Help With?

What Can a Podiatrist Help With?

I Don't Know if This is A Podiatrist Problem...

As Podiatrists, and even more so the receptionists who work in our practices, are often confronted with this line.

People often don’t know what we treat, even though they do know that we treat foot conditions.

So I thought I’d try to demystify the range of problems that we see and treat on an everyday basis in a busy Podiatry practice.

Put simply, podiatrists are the primary practitioners for any conditions ocurring in the lower limbs.

The two main things that we aren’t able to do are prescribe medications (which is slowly changing) and perform surgery except for toenail surgery and verruca (wart) removal.

Afoot anatomy chart

Here is a non-exhaustive list of what services we provide and conditions we treat.

  • Custom Orthotic Insoles,
  • Ingrown toenails – including performing partial nail avulsion surgery,
  • Advance Gait Assessment using force plates and high speed camera,
  • Callous and corn removal,
  • Plantar Fasciitis Treatment,
  • Pre-pointe Ballet Assessments,
  • Forefoot pathology including plantar plate tears, sinovitis, and bursitis,
  • Morton’s neuroma,
  • Diabetic Assessment including vascular and neurological assessment,
  • Diabetic Foot Ulcer Debridement
  • Diabetic Foot plantar pressure testing
  • Diabetic Foot Pressure Deflection
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome,
  • Achilles Tendinopathy – insertional or mid portion,
  • Stress fractures of metatarsal or tarsal bones,
  • Shin Splints,
  • Sever’s Calcaneal Apophysitis (heel pain in children),
A family walking along the beach
  • Osgood Schlatter’s (Pain in the tibial tuberosity in children),
  • Painful Flat Feet in Children,
  • Full Gait Assessment of Children,
  • Patellar Tendinopathy and Knee Fat Pad Syndrome,
  • Ankle pain including injuries to medial or lateral ankle ligaments,
  • Subluxing Cuboid Syndrome,
  • Tibialis Posterior Dysfunction,
  • Lisfranc injuries,
  • Dorsal Compression Syndrome (pain across the top of your foot),
  • Charcot Foot Complications,
  • Intoeing Gait (colloquially called pigeon toes),
A patient being assessed on the diagnostic treadmill
  • Heel fissures or cracks,
  • Growing Pains,
  • Arthritis – including Osteo, rheumatoid, and psoriatic,
  • Juvenile Arthritis,
  • Developmental Gait problems,
  • Trochanteric Bursitis (outside hip pain),
  • Hallux-Abducto Valgus (or bunions),
  • Sesamoiditis,
  • Ilio-tibial band friction syndrome (ITB syndrome),
  • Running Form.

As you can see it is quite a long list. 

We don’t do all this alone of course. Health care is at its best when it is a collaborative effort.

We continually work in conjunction with family doctors, physiotherapists, specialist doctors, exercise physiologists, sports trainers, and personal trainers. 

We feel that whatever is best for the patient, is the way that we will go with our treatment and collaboration.

A big part of the Podiatrist’s role is to listen to each patient’s individual story, find out their hopes and dreams, and help them set smaller goals along the way  to help them get to their ultimate goal.

A podiatrist is performing a test of a patient's blood flow

For some people the ultimate goal may be to complete a Ironman triathlon, for others it might be to be able to keep up with their grandchildren.

We believe that everybody’s dreams and goals are just as legitimate and important as the next person, and our role is to help them achieve them without having to worry about foot or leg pain.

If you need help with anything foot, ankle, knee, or leg related, make an appointment to see one of our University trained Podiatrists.

Call 3351 8878 or book online by clicking on the button below.

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