What is Podiatry?

Podiatry deals with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of conditions of the feet and lower limbs.

Our podiatrist at Southside has a strong focus on hands-on techniques and always looks to find the cause of your problems. Our treatment is surgery free and in most cases, medication free. Working closely with our Osteopaths and Physiotherapists, our Podiatrist uses hands-on treatment techniques that encourages the bodies inherent mechanism of self-healing.


Who is our Podiatrist?

We have a very experienced Podiatrist consulting from Southside.

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Helen McCarthy (Podiatrist)


What to expect when you visit a Podiatrist.

Your consultation will include clinical history taking, a physical examination, diagnosis, preparation of a treatment plan and provision of a range of therapies. Clinical assessment techniques aim to develop a diagnosis and prognosis and take into account clinical, medical and surgical history, footwear, occupational and lifestyle factors. Gait analysis will often be undertaken through visual means and might include range of motion studies, postural alignment evaluation or dynamic force and pressure studies.


Do you need a referral from your GP?

Many patients are referred to Podiatrists by their Doctor or other health practitioners. However, as Podiatrists are primary practitioners, you can make an appointment without a referral.

Under the Enhanced Primary Care plan, many clients with chronic conditions can have up to 5 treatments per year part covered by Medicare. In these cases, you will need a referral from your GP.


How long will your treatment take?

Your initial consultation may last up to one hour because it includes a thorough case history and examination as well as treatment. Follow-up treatments are usually a little shorter. Depending on your condition, they can take up to 30 minutes.


How much does it cost to see a Podiatrist at Southside?

Initial Visit: $TBC

Return Visits: $TBC

 

We have HICAPS facilities so, if you have private health insurance we can swipe your card on the spot, and you will only need to pay the gap. Podiatry is covered by all private health funds, but the amount of cover will depend upon your fund and level of cover.


What do you need to bring?

Your podiatrist will ask to see any X-rays, scans or test results that you may have. Your podiatrist may ask you to undress to your underwear depending on the area of your body requiring treatment. Therefore you may want to wear loose pants or bring a pair of shorts if this would make you more comfortable. We do have shorts available onsite also if you require them.


Common Conditions people may see a Podiatrist for include:

  • Tendonitis
  • Recurrent ankle sprain
  • Chronic knee pain
  • Stress fractures
  • Shin Splints
  • Arthritis
  • Soft-tissue and muscular pathologies
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Dropped Metatarsal Arch
  • Sporting injuries to the foot, ankle and lower leg
  • Dance related injuries to the foot, ankle and lower leg

Treatment Techniques

Podiatrists use a variety of treatments within their consultation. At Southside we offer:

Foot Mobilization Therapy (FMT)

  • FMT is a gentle therapy that does not require surgery or medication. It stimulates the body’s ability to repair and heal itself, helping to reduce pain and inflammation while restoring foot mobility and function. The treatment is similar to the mobilisation and manipulation your Physiotherapist or Osteopath would do for other areas of your body, such as the neck and back, however FMT is focused on the legs and feet.

Corrective Exercises

  • Corrective Exercises are offered to maximise long-term results. As part of your treatment, the muscles in and around your foot, ankle and lower leg need to be re-trained in order to work effectively and help support these joints to stay in place, especially after FMT (Foot Manipulation Therapy).

Trigger Point Dry Needling

  • Using small acupuncture needles to release a trigger point in a muscle.

Orthotic Prescription

  • Prescription foot orthoses (in-shoe devices) offer permanent solutions in the treatment and prevention of corns, callous and necrotic ulceration in their capacity to provide pressure redistribution. As a technique for providing consistent weightbearing realignment, they are utilised in the treatment of acute and chronic foot conditions such as tendonitis, recurrent ankle sprain, chronic knee pain and stress fractures.

If you have any questions about the Podiatry service provided at Southside Clinic or if you would like to speak to a Podiatrist at our clinic, please call us on 1300 10 11 22.