What does a Podiatrist Do?
Podiatrists are health care professionals who have completed an Honours degree in Podiatric Medicine or Podiatry. This degree can take up to 4 years full time. On completion of their degree a Podiatrist will have completed over 1000 clinical training hours.
The role of the podiatrist (also know as a chiropodist) is to prevent or correct deformity and maintain normal mobility and function. Podiatrists provide the basis for the ideal walking style and posture and identify any medical or surgical condition that may require further referral and management. They also relieve day- to- day problems including: pain, infections, skin lesions, corns, callous, thickened and ingrown nails, soft tissue and connective tissue problems. On occasion this may be done in conjunction with other members of the health care team.
Podiatrists can also give expert advice on footwear, so it is a good idea to take a pair of shoes with you when you next see your podiatrist.
If you are a new patient to the clinic and unsure about what treatment you need, you can book for a routine foot care appointment. Please remember to bring a list of any medication you may be taking. Pricing may vary for new patients IF more complicated assessment is needed.