What is Podiatry?
Podiatry is the profession that deals with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of conditions affecting the human lower limb and foot. The practice of podiatry is regulated by registration boards within each state and territory of Australia. Podiatrists use a wide range of techniques and modalities to treat a variety of lower limb and foot condition, including:
- Inflammatory conditions such as heel spurs and Achilles tendonitis.
- Arthritic conditions involving the lower limb and foot (Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis)
- Children’s foot problems (flat feet, knock knees, pigeon toes)
- Condition of the leg, hip or lower back related to faulty biomechanics within the feet.
- Biomechanical Assessments and Prescription of orthotics (custom-made shoe inserts) to correct biomechanical deficiencies which may be causing pain or discomfort.
- Arch pain, foot pain and leg fatigue (shin splints, knee pain, sciatica)
- Ingrown toenails (conservative and surgical management)
- Plantar warts, corns, calluses, and any painful legion.
- Diabetic foot problems (ulcers, neuropathy)
- Conservative and surgical management of bunions, hammer toes, soft tissue growths, bony lumps and bumps.
- A Podiatric Surgeon, Dr Nick Marino, (Podiatrist) is available.
Is Podiatry Covered by Medicare?
In order to be covered by Medicare a patient must have obtained an Enhanced Primary Care Plan from their General Practitioner. You are able to obtain an Enhanced Primary Care Plan if you have been classified by your doctor as having a chronic medical condition [such as diabetes]. This plan may entitle you to 5 podiatry visits per year. This is solely at your doctor’s discretion. With this plan, the consultation will be subsidised and either fully or partially covered by Medicare. In order to be bulk billed by Medicare, you do need to have a Pension or Health Care Card.
Do I need a referral to see a Podiatrist?
No, you do not need a referral. Feel free to book online here www.galleriapodiatry.com.au/book-now/
Do I need to make an appointment in advance, or can I just walk in?
We recommend that you make an appointment at least 48 hours prior to the appointment date you are wanting. It is always best to give us as much notice as possible, especially during busy periods such as Christmas. For bulk billing times we recommend allowing a month prior to the appointment as we often have long waiting times for an appointment
We have online booking available www.galleriapodiatry.com.au/book-now
However, if you have an Enhanced Primary Care Plan please call the clinic to book your appointment.
Do you look after kids feet?
Yes, we see children from any age, although we would not necessarily implement any pediatric treatment until the age of about 4-5 years old. We treat kids for a number of conditions including, but not limited to, heel and arch pain, flat feet, pigeon toes, plantar warts, toe walking, knock knees, bow legs, ingrown toenails and growing pains.
Do you treat other parts of the lower limbs?
Can I claim my health insurance onsite after the consultation?
Yes, if podiatry is included in your extras cover, you can claim onsite with HICAPS. If you would like to know specifically how much your private health fund will cover, you will need to contact them directly.
Is there car parking available?
Yes! We have plenty of car parking available at the back of the building and our entrance is around the front. There is also Disability access from the front of the building.
Do you provide home visits?
Home visits can be arranged for patients living within 5km from the clinic. Please call to find out further details on (08) 9275 9006.
Can you refer for x-rays?
Yes, we can refer you for medial imaging such as x-rays and ultrasound to help us diagnose your particular problem. Most of the time medical imaging is covered by Medicare so there is no out-of-pocket expense.
How long are your consultations?
Your initial consultation will be 40 minutes. Follow-up appointments are 20 minutes.
What should I bring with me to my appointment?
Please bring your referral, if applicable, your private health insurance card, and any concession cards if applicable. Also bring any previous medical imaging of your feet or legs, such as x-rays, ultrasounds, CT, MRI.
It’s a good idea to also bring your sports shoes (sneakers/runners) and any other shoes you wear regularly,
Any insoles or orthotics you may already have, Dress in comfortable clothes as we will be assessing your movement (if wearing pants please make sure they can be rolled up to your knees).
What can I expect during my appointment?
To find out more about what to expect when you attend your first appointment please watch this YouTube video!