What is a Podiatrist? | Galleria Podiatry

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A podiatrist is an Allied Health professional who specialises in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of all medical and surgical conditions affecting the feet and lower limbs.

Common conditions a podiatrist can treat include heel or arch pain, flat feet, ingrown or unmanageable toenails, corns or calluses, knee, hip or lower back pain. Podiatrists also commonly perform ingrown toenail surgery using a local anaesthetic.

Diabetes is another area in which a podiatrist plays an important role. Patients may need the services of a podiatrist to cut their toenails correctly or to monitor any changes in their feet. Podiatrists also check the blood pressure to a patient’s feet to determine whether the patient is having an adequate amount of blood flowing through to the toes. They can also treat ulcers and dress the ulcerated wounds.

In the sports medicine field, a podiatrist can monitor the condition of an athlete’s feet, treat any injuries that may have occurred, observe how the athlete moves, and can advise on the best footwear. Sports injuries that a podiatrist may treat include plantar fasciitis, shin pain, a sprained ankle, stress fractures or Achilles tendonitis.

A podiatrist can also prescribe and make orthotic inserts for patients. Sometimes a patient needs extra support in their shoes to help them walk without discomfort. A podiatrist will assess and diagnose whether an orthotic device would make a difference. If so, the podiatrist will take a 3D laser scan of the foot and then create the appropriate device, whether it’s for functional or palliative reasons.

A functional orthotic is a shoe insert that helps the patient to walk normally and is most commonly made from a thermoplastic substance.

A palliative orthotic is made from rubber or foam and is designed to help people who have painful feet or who suffer from ulcers to be able to wear shoes comfortably. Patients whose feet are deformed may be able to experience relief when wearing palliative orthoses.

Podiatrists can work in private practice, in hospitals, nursing homes, sports medicine practices or in community health clinics.

Coronavirus Update

Here’s What We’ve Done:

* We’ve increased our hand sanitation procedures (above Government recommendations).
* We’ve implemented extremely high levels of surface cleaning in the clinic (above Government recommendations) between every patient and routinely throughout the day and all patients are being asked to use hand sanitizer on arrival in the clinic.
* We’ve also removed some waiting room chairs in order to abide by social distancing recommendations.
* We’re screening every patient for every consultation to determine if they safe to be treated in our clinic.
* We’ve instructed all our staff that they are to stay at home if they are feeling unwell and have also instructed them to turn away any patients who don’t pass our screening questions or are unwell on arrival.

Here’s What We’re Offering:

* Home visits to our elderly and high risk patients at a heavily reduced cost for the next 3 months.
* Avoid the Waiting Room: We’re happy for you to wait in your car in our carpark. Just call us to check-n, then we’ll call you when your podiatrist is ready to see you.

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