Have you been suffering from big toe joint pain, arch pain, heel pain, shin splints, or any other problems in your feet and legs? Whether you exercise regularly, need some rehabilitation after surgery, or maybe you just twisted your ankle on a walk, it might be time to see a podiatrist.
A podiatrist’s job is to take care of your ankles and feet. In a nutshell, they keep you moving without pain. In the world of podiatry, prevention is better than cure. Left untreated, simple problems can lead to pain and loss of mobility, which can then cause weight gain, loss of muscle tone, nerve damage and an inactive lifestyle. So, obviously seeing a podiatrist is an important decision to make – but do you know how to find a top-quality podiatrist?
In this article, we’ll outline what to look for in a podiatrist, and a guide to some of Canberra’s best services.
What makes a great podiatrist?
If you’re searching for a podiatrist in Canberra, it may be helpful to consider the following.
- Relaxed environment. Seeking treatment for a medical condition is never fun. A relaxing and pleasant environment will help to ease your nerves. Look for friendly staff that put your mind at ease and keep you feeling positive throughout any uncomfortable treatments.
- Range of services. A good podiatrist will be able to offer a range of services from general foot care to surgery rehabilitation and sports podiatry.
- Specialisation. Some podiatrists specialise in particular foot conditions, while other areas of specialisation can be age-specific. Make sure the podiatrist you see has knowledge and experience relevant to your condition.
- An experienced team of health professionals. A good podiatrist should work with a network of health professionals in related fields, including doctors, physiotherapists, and remedial massage therapists. This allows them to treat your foot or ankle condition holistically so that you can achieve the best possible outcome.
The best podiatrists in Canberra
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Canberra Foot and Ankle Clinic combines experience, value for money and cutting edge technology to help every client get to a stronger level than they were pre-injury.
It is the only podiatry clinic in Canberra that offers colour 3D printed orthotics, so you can have orthotics printed with your favourite sporting team, cartoon, movie character or favourite hobby. This is especially handy for kids, who are more likely to wear their orthotics when they can choose exactly how they look.
Canberra Foot and Ankle Clinic prides itself on delivering cost-effective products and services while maintaining the highest quality of care. From our research, Canberra Foot and Ankle Clinic has the most affordable customised orthotics, nail surgery, and bio-mechanical examinations in Canberra
Your feet and ankles are in safe hands with principal podiatrist Kyle Dedini. Not only is he one of the ACT’s most experienced podiatrists, but he was also a Sports Medicine Australia state board and council member for three years.
Alongside Kyle is podiatrist Patrick Doan, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge after working in Canberra for the last 6 years in private practice and high-performance sport. Patrick has previously worked with the Canberra Raiders Juniors as the Head of Athletic Rehabilitation & Athlete Development and also with the Brumbies Juniors as the Athletic Performance Rehabilitation Coach. He holds a postgraduate degree from ACU for a Masters of High Performance Sport, is an accredited ESSA level 2 Sports Scientist, an accredited ESSA Exercise Scientist, and an ASCA PCAS Professional Level Strength and Conditioning Coach.
On top of this, Patrick is also a Lead Presenter/Program Convenor for “Strength & Conditioning for the injured and uninjured – Practical application of the evidence for rehabilitation, injury prevention and performance in a Podiatric context”, the first accredited strength & conditioning course designed specifically for Podiatrists in Australia.
Unlike other podiatry clinics, Canberra Foot and Ankle Clinic focuses solely on the foot, ankle and lower leg. Its team prefers to invest its time and energy into assessing, diagnosing and treating this small but complex area well.
Juanita Caddy wrote the following on RiotACT about her experience at Canberra Foot and Ankle Clinic, “Had a great experience recently with Kyle Dedini. I had a few problems with my left foot, and after months of pain and confusing diagnoses I stumbled upon Kyle. Within weeks the pain had reduced and I am now pleased to say I am pain free, my mobility has significantly improved and my quality of life is back. Highly recommend Kyle for his expertise, professionalism and holistic focus to client care.”
With clinics in Tuggeranong and Weston, ACT Podiatry prides itself on making accurate diagnoses and prescribing appropriate treatment regimes.
Its highly trained and experienced team includes Dr Jane Earl, who specialises in mobility and its effect on quality of life. Her colleague Dr Clayton Clews has extensive knowledge in the fields of orthopaedics, rheumatology, anaesthesiology and vascular surgery, while Dr Damien Lafferty has worked for UK Athletics, the English Institute of Sport and the British Olympic team.
As Barbara Knezevic writes in their Google review, “Long time patient and following surgery was impressed with after care and general treatment in following years. Very happy long term patient.”
Active-Foot Podiatry is a sports and family podiatry clinic with locations in Deakin and Hawker. Its podiatrists have a special focus on podiatric sports medicine but also have an interest in paediatrics, general and diabetes podiatry. Other services include ingrown toenail procedures, diabetes assessments, vascular ultrasound studies, callus and corn removals, laser treatment for fungal nails, wart removals and general foot care/footwear advice. Principal podiatrist William Nguyen has over 15 years of experience and runs the Deakin practice. He has also gained experience in podiatric screening for the Australian Defence Force.
See what happy patient Robert Keith wrote in their Facebook review, “Suffered foot/ heel pain for over 30 yrs, Dr Maher fixed these in a couple months, couldn’t recommend him more highly.“
Footcare Associates in Woden is run by Andrea Cleland, who opened her first podiatry practice in 1981 and is one of the two original private practicing podiatrists in Canberra. With a reputation for providing efficient and effective podiatry services, Footcare Associates’ team of six podiatrists have unique specialties and professional interests, making for a broad range of experience.
Client Bimberiman shared their experience at Footcare Associates in their Google review, “Footcare have been looking after my feet since around 1990, providing me with advice and orthotics for my pronating (ie flat) feet… both my sons pronate and have been fitted with orthotics by Footcare. I just wish I’d had them at their age too.”
Your experience with podiatrists in Canberra
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