A podiatrist is an allied health professional who must meet the professional registration requirements of the Podiatry Board of Australia. A podiatrist must have a Bachelor of Podiatry.
A Podiatrist is trained to assess, diagnose and treat foot and lower limb problems. These may include skin and nail problems, foot and ankle injuries, foot complications related to diabetes and other medical conditions and problems with gait or walking.
Podiatrists play an important role in monitoring disease and managing lower limb issues to maintain an active and mobile population across the lifespan. Therefore patient demographics can be diverse ranging from monitoring children’s growth and development, managing sports injuries, working with people with chronic disease, disability and the ageing population.
Injuries and Pain:
- Sprains and stress fractures
- Persistent heel pain
- Sports podiatry
- Children’s Development
– Toes pointing inward ot outward
– Standing and walking on tip toe
– Growing pains
- Club Foot
- High Risk Foot (related to diabetes)
– numbness or pins and needles
– poor circulation (pooling of fluid around the foot and ankle
– infections and poor wound healing
- Ingrown toenails
- Thickened nails
- Tinea and other fungal infections
- Cracked Heals