Do you been suffer from big toe joint pain, arch pain, heel pain, shin splints, or another 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
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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.
Using the latest technology and with highly experienced and qualified staff, Canberra Foot and Ankle Clinic is focused on providing the most effective and value for money treatment for all their patients. Canberra Foot and Ankle Clinic provides Canberra’s most comprehensive service for customised foot orthoses, ingrown toenail surgery, rehabilitation for sports injuries and general nail and skin care. Principal Kyle Dedini has been in the podiatry profession for 14 years, trained and mentored by Tim Pain, past National President of Sports Medicine Australia, he is also an Athletics Australia accredited Level 1 Running Coach and a past state board and council member of Sports Medicine Australia.
Managing podiatrist and strength and conditioning coach Alex Murray has been in the profession for 13 years. Trained and mentored by Paul Fleet, a 3 x Australian Olympic Team Podiatrist, Alex has a post graduate diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine.
Emma Readhead has been in the profession for 11 years, graduating with first class honours as well as the Deans award for academic excellence from the University of Southampton. Both Alex and Emma are members of the prestigious Faculty of Podiatric Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow. Conveniently located in the Garran Medical Centre, the Canberra Foot and Ankle Clinic is your one-stop, comprehensive podiatry spot.
As Kelly wrote on Google, "Alex was amazing. I’ve had a foot problem for over 10 years and in all that time, I’ve never had someone take so much care of my feet. He was gentle, explained all my options and did thorough testing."
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.
Peak Performance Podiatry is the sports and exercise podiatry clinic in Canberra with Sports Scientists, Professional Level Strength and Conditioning Coaches and Exercise Scientists delivering optimised injury rehabilitation programs. Experts focuses on complete musculoskelatal care rather than just orthotics and provides high-quality service.
Sue Langwill wrote on Google, “100% recommended! These guys are fabulous- they are knowledgeable, they care about their patient ... They provide a mixture of short term pain relief plus provide long term solutions that focus on the cause of the problem ...”
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
Your experience with podiatrists in Canberra
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Frequently Asked Questions
How long do I need to see a podiatrist for?
This depends on the recommendation of your podiatrist and the healing or recovery plan you're on. Make sure you stick closely to your podiatrist's advice . Keep on top of the at-home advice they've given you you don't slow down progress or do further damage.
Are there different types of podiatry?
Yes. Podiatrists treat a wide variety of foot and lower extremity conditions through nonsurgical and surgical approaches. Aside from general podiatry, there is also sports podiatry, high-risk wound care and podiatric vascular medicine, to name a few.
Can a podiatrist fix ingrown toenails?
Yes. Podiatrists can trim hard-to-manage toenails and help prevent ingrown nails. The best advice is to keep your toenails trimmed in a straight line, keep them at a moderate length, and wear shoes that fit properly.
Are podiatrists doctors?
Yes. A podiatrist is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), known also as a podiatric physician or surgeon, qualified by their education and training to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and related structures of the leg.
How is a podiatrist different from a physiotherapist?
A podiatrist is great for issues directly related to your feet, such as heel pain, ingrown toenails or injury. A physiotherapist is useful if your pain or injury is affecting more than one area of your body.