Have you been suffering from big toe joint pain, arch pain, heel pain, shin splints, or any other problem with your feet and legs? It might be time to see a podiatrist.
A podiatrist’s job is to take care of your feet and lower limbs. They get you moving without pain. In the world of podiatry, prevention is better than cure. Left untreated, simple problems can lead to greater pain and even loss of mobility. This can, in turn, cause you to gain weight gain, loss muscle tone and damage nerves. It can also lead to an inactive lifestyle.
In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a podiatrist, and share where to find the best in Canberra.
What makes a great podiatrist?
A podiatrist can help you sort out your feet, ankle and lower limb problems, leading to better health and reduced stress.
It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a podiatrist.
- Qualifications and registration. Podiatrists in Australia must hold a Bachelor of Podiatry as a minimum. As a medical specialist, they must also be registered to practice and properly insured.
- Services and specialisation. Many podiatrists offer a wide range of services. Others specialise in a particular area like podiatric surgery or sports medicine. Hop online to check that the services your podiatrist offers suits your needs.
- Experience. You’ll want to check how experienced your podiatrist is, so you have confidence. Check online to see how many years they’ve been in business. You can also check online for reviews. Finally check if they’re members of a professional association. This could include the Australian Podiatry Association.
- Connections. Great podiatrists have a network of health professionals. This could include doctors, physiotherapists, and remedial massage therapists. Having a network allows your podiatrist to treat your foot or ankle condition holistically for the best outcome.
- Relaxed environment. Seeking treatment for a painful medical condition is never fun. Look for a podiatrist that has a relaxing and pleasant environment. This will help you feel more comfortable during your visits.
The best podiatrists in Canberra
RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.
To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.
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. The clinic delivers high-quality care and cost-effective products and services. This includes affordable customised orthotics, nail surgery, and bio-mechanical examinations.
Canberra Foot and Ankle Clinic focuses solely on the foot, ankle and lower leg. The team invests its time and energy into assessing, diagnosing and treating this small but complex area. The clinic uses the latest technology and techniques to treat all types of podiatry foot and ankle conditions, from children through to seniors. Each patient is treated using a tailored approach for managing their injury, condition or concern.
Principal podiatrist Kyle Dedini is a highly experienced podiatrist. He was a Sports Medicine Australia state board and council member for three years, and his passions in podiatry are sports podiatry and nail surgery.
Podiatrist Patrick Doan has been working for more than six years in private practice and high-performance sport. He’s worked with the Canberra Raiders Juniors and the Brumbies Juniors in athletic rehabilitation and athlete development. Alongside podiatry, Patrick has degrees and qualifications as a strength and conditioning coach (professional level), accredited exercise scientist, and an accredited sports scientist. Patrick’s passions in podiatry are strength and conditioning and footwear prescription.
Kris Joel wrote on RiotACT, “Kyle in Casey was very good. Really great experience. As an aging ‘athlete’ it was refreshing to be able to outline a few issues I had been having since returning back to running… No judgement, just good, honest and friendly advice to help identify some issues and get me back out on the track… I appreciated his knowledge of running and the injuries associated with sport in general, and would certainly recommend him to others!”
Capital Podiatry is all about taking steps to better health. The expert team at Capital Podiatry has the latest technology and proven processes that fix problems with feet and lower limbs. Services for clients of all ages include general foot care and biomechanical podiatry. All podiatrists are allied health practitioners, qualified for the profession with a degree.
General foot care includes treating conditions such as corns, calluses, ingrown nails, fungal nails and plantar warts. Biomechanical treatments include assessing how the foot and leg functions when walking and running and how this relates to the rest of the body. It includes conditions such as heel pain, shin splints, bunions, joint pain, knee pain, and hip and lower back pain.
All treatment begins with podiatrists taking a detailed history and analysing issues clients face. They then develop a comprehensive and tailored treatment plan, so clients don’t suffer any longer.
As Simon Curtis wrote on Google, “Very knowledgeable, friendly and caring. Took the time to educate me on my situation.”
Proactive Performance is a state-of-the-art sports and exercise podiatry clinic in Canberra. The clinic uses the latest lower limb objective testing technology. This, combined with the highest qualified practitioners, achieves the best outcomes. Treatment maximises potential for active lifestyle and enables patients to return to performance after injury. Innovative and creative approaches are used for lower limb, foot and ankle strength and rehabilitation. Clinics are in Deakin, Dickson and in Garran by the end of 2020.
With clinics in Tuggeranong and Weston, ACT Podiatry makes accurate diagnoses and then prescribes comprehensive treatments for foot, ankle and lower limb problems. All podiatrists have extensive training and expertise. ACT Podiatry treats general skin and nail problems. They also treat foot injuries, mechanical problems, and complex foot and ankle problems. No referral is necessary.
On Google, Raymond Thrift wrote, “I have been going to podiatry for 12 years now and have found ACT Podiatry to be the very best.”
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. They 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. All podiatrists are members of professional associations.
Footcare Associates in Woden is run by Andrea Cleland, who opened her first podiatry practice in 1981. Footcare Associates is one of the two original private practicing podiatrists in Canberra. With a reputation for providing efficient and effective podiatry services, Footcare Associates’ team has unique specialties and professional interests, making for a broad range of experience.
Peter Murray wrote on Google, “Footcare have looked after my feet for five years and do it well.”
If you’re looking for more information on health services in Canberra, you might like our articles on the best sports massage therapists, the best physiotherapists and the best remedial massage clinics Canberra has to offer.
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