Podiatry

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Michelle Carroll

Bachelor of Health Science (Podiatry) M.APodA

What does a Podiatrist do?

A podiatrist deals with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the toes, feet, ankles and lower leg.

Services

Some reasons why you would come to see a Podiatrist and the potential treatment options:

  • Arthritis in the foot or ankle
    • Assessment of your shoes with possible padding to footwear provided on the day of your appointment, or prescription of pre-made or custom-made orthotics. Custom-made orthotics are made specifically for your foot.
  • Loss of sensation in your feet
    • Nail cutting and removal of hard skin, plus footwear assessment and advice specifically related to the needs of feet with loss of feeling.
  • Diabetes
    • Assessment of your foot health and determination of your risk to develop a foot ulcer. Education and advice of how to prevent ulceration occurring. Footwear advice and potentially orthotic prescription. General nail trimming and hard skin removal.
  • Warts on your feet
    • Treatment with special chemicals can be used to help treat warts. The top layer of the wart tissue is scrapped away and then the skin around the wart is protected which follows with the application of a special chemical on to the wart to help begin the removal process.
  • Corns and Calluses
    • Removal of the corn or callus using a scalpel. If you have fragile skin, vascular problems or loss of sensation in your feet then a sanding process may be used instead. Sometimes the use of a special chemical can help inhibit or delay the return of corns and callus. Footwear advice and potential orthotic prescription may be required as a means to help inhibit the development of the corns and callus in the future.
  • Foot, ankle or lower leg injury
    • Assessment of your injury. X-ray's or Ultrasound may be sent for if deemed necessary. On the day you may receive padding to your footwear to assist in rehabilitation and/or strapping of your foot and/or ankle.
  • Infections of the nail
    • Assessment of the nail with trimming of any part of the nail which is causing the problem if it is a bacterial infection. Fungal infection requires trimming and sanding of the nail to allow your choice of liquid treatment to work more effectively. Advice is given about the length of time it will take to treat and the processes you need to take at home to help treatment work.

For conditions such as recurring sprains and chronic pain, podiatrists may prescribe foot orthoses.

Orthoses

This is a device that inserts into your shoe, similar to removable insoles in some shoes, but which is made to have a therapeutic benefit for you. It is either pre-made and fitted to your foot, or custom-made which means you will either have a foam cast or plaster cast made of your foot and any necessary additions are included into the prescription. Often people with flat feet or arthritis in their feet will benefit from orthotics.

Medicare Eligibility

To be eligible to receive treatment by a Podiatrist under Medicare's bulk-billing, chronic disease management items, you must be assessed by your doctor who will decide if your health status requires the services of a Podiatrist. If this is the case, your doctor will write up a care plan for a set amount of visits within a 12 month period. The corresponding paperwork is either sent to the Podiatrist that your doctor prefers, or alternatively a Podiatrist who you specifically ask for, or it is given to you to bring in to the Podiatrist before or at your initial appointment.

Private Health Funds

Most private health insurers provide rebates for Podiatry and Naturopathy. To find out how much your rebate will be, you will have to contact your private health fund provider.

ABOUT ME

I will listen to your concerns. If you have any hesitancy in regard to any treatment I suggest then I am very willing to talk to you about this and come up with differing treatment options. I have a very caring personality and understand that the best results come when you know you can feel comfortable with me, and that your concerns are heard and understood.

Michelle is also a qualified Naturopath & Bowen Therapist.  To find out more about Michelle CLICK HERE