The Best Podiatrists in Canberra

Canberra Foot and Ankle Clinic (CFAC) owner, Kyle Dedini.

Kyle Dedini from Canberra Foot and Ankle Clinic is one of Canberra’s best podiatrists. Photo: Region Media.

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

Canberra Foot and Ankle Clinic

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.”

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ACT Podiatry

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

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

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.”

For further information on Canberra’s best physical therapy services, check out our articles on the best physiotherapists and the best remedial massage clinics in town.

Your experience with podiatrists in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the podiatrists listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I need to see a podiatrist for?
This depends on the recommendation of your podiatrist and the healing/recovery plan you're on. Make sure you stick closely to your doctor's advice and keep on top of the at-home advice they've given you so as not to do further damage and slow the process entirely.
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, just 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.

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29 Responses to The Best Podiatrists in Canberra
Juanita Caddy Juanita Caddy 10:43 am 20 Sep 20

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. With 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.

Justin Bathurst Justin Bathurst 6:35 pm 19 Sep 20

Have been seeing Kyle now for over a year. He’s the only podiatrist I’ve seen who’s taken time to work on the problem in an ongoing way. I’ve found him thorough, knowledgeable and professional and would highly recommend. I’ve recently started seeing Pat as well for some strength work. Looking forward to seeing some results with this approach also.

Daniel Stern Daniel Stern 2:17 pm 30 Jun 20

I recently went and saw Dr Kyle Dedini at Canberra Foot and Ankle Clinic and got myself some new orthotics, as I had worn a hole in my old ones that were 8 years old. Being a football player, It was incredibly beneficial that Kyle’s partnership with capital football offers all football players in Canberra 15% discount. My new orthotics are incredibly comfortable and fit perfectly in all of my shoes, from football boots to my asics runners, and surprisingly even my vans and other casual shoes. Kyle’s extensive knowledge and expertise made the whole experience a breeze. While most notably, his customer-centric attitude goes beyond expectations, which is why I believe Kyle is a great podiatrist.

stewartmacarthur stewartmacarthur 11:30 am 04 Jun 20

Have received excellent treatment from Kyle Dedini at Canberra Foot and Ankle Clinic after severely rupturing an Achilles Tendon in October 2019 while playing “walking football” which the clinic sponsors.
As a senior I was initially very worried that the injury would prevent me from ever again walking comfortably and performing normal activities. Kyle tailored a course of treatment and exercise programme that has me well on the way to a full recovery. I have found that Kyle patiently listens to my concerns regarding the injury and clearly explains all aspects of the exercise programme and the biomechanics of an Achilles Tendon injury.
I highly recommend Kyle to anyone who needs a podiatrist. He is very knowledgeable and patient- focussed along with a very friendly and approachable manner. Things have turned out so much better than I ever expected thanks to Kyle.

Kris Joel Kris Joel 10:52 am 02 Jun 20

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 …thanks COVID 19…No judgement…just good, honest and friendly advice to help identify some issues and get me back out on the track.

As a result of our first session and the amazing taping job he did to relieve some pressure off my joints and calf muscles, I have just been fitted for some orthotics through Kyle.

He was friendly and offered a no nonsense approach which was refreshing in comparison to others that I have seen in Canberra. I appreciated his knowledge of running and the injuries associated with sport in general and would certainly recommend him to others!

Talia Joanne Laizans Talia Joanne Laizans 4:42 pm 19 May 20

Kyle at The Canberra Foot and Ankle Clinic is great at what he does, super friendly and offers awesome service! 10/10 would recommend.

maxduncan maxduncan 8:05 pm 09 May 20

the best podiatry clinic in Canberra is Podiatry Professionals in Braddon. Have been going there for over 7 years and take the whole family there. They have truly the best podiatrists in Canberra with state of the art facilities. They leave no stone unturned and have the most amazing practioners in Canberra. Convenient location in the city. Call (02) 6162 1130 and book an appointment. There is nothing they cannot fix with feet!

Hwalsh Hwalsh 11:42 pm 11 Nov 19

Highly recommend Kyle at Canberra foot and ankle clinic. He was able to fit me in while in Canberra and then able to post my orthotics to remote WA. Fit perfectly and have made a world of difference.

patrickhalliday patrickhalliday 5:52 pm 09 Nov 19

I went to see Kyle at Canberra Foot and Ankle Clinic after reading this article, and I was very impressed. He took his time to explain to me what was causing my pain, and then explain how the treatment he recommended was going to help fix it. Needless to say I am now pain free. If any body is looking for a podiatrist with affordable rates and honest approach, I speak highly of Kyle

bhpro bhpro 7:55 am 07 Nov 19

Dr. Matthew Hotchkis is one of the best in Canberra +1

ladders ladders 6:43 pm 24 Oct 19

Found this article when looking for a podiatrist and decided to go to Canberra Foot and Ankle Clinic. Walked in with pain, 30 minutes later, walked out pain free. The clinic was very professional, well located and the podiatrist was knowledgeable and listened to my problem attentively.

+ 1 Would highly recommend.

actnewbie actnewbie 2:11 pm 30 Apr 19

I’m having foot issues tied (I think) to a recent diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Have you come across a podiatrist that has treated this condition? Might be nothing I can do that is feet specific that doesn’t simply involve reducing overall inflammation.

Tyson Powell Tyson Powell 11:51 am 22 Oct 18

Does any one know of the best sports podiatrists in Canberra for foot related injuries and rehab? Would be keen see how many clinics offer specialist podiatrists?

threepaws threepaws 5:43 pm 08 Mar 12

I’m wading in a bit late to this thread, not sure if your family member is still looking for someone…

I have just had an ingrown toenail taken care of by Dr Said El Sherif at Tuggeranong Square Medical Centre. Can’t speak highly enough of the doctor and the procedure itself was painless. I got the impression he performs this procedure a few times a day. The recovery has been pretty good too, nothing that a couple of Panadol and some leg elevation can’t fix!

The cost was $70 for an initial consultation as I wasn’t an existing patient (half back from Medicare) and $210 for the procedure ($140 back from Medicare). Bargain.

markjohnconley markjohnconley 12:14 am 04 Feb 12

I am biased but here goes. Podiatrists are the same as what used to be called chiropodists. The name was changed in Australia as ‘chiro’ means hand and podiatrists can only treat ‘skin deep’ up to the knee, that’s right no finger nails, and because some patients were getting chirpodists and chiropractors confused.
There are many fine clinicians, private and public, in Canberra, about 40 at last count.\
The nail avulsion procedure podiatrists use does not involve incision of the proximal nailfold. Local anaesthesia is used, two injections per toe. In SOME cases surgical intervention is not necessary. Middle aged to elderly females provide most patients, with active adolescent males (usually) a ‘distant’ second. The elderly females because they have very curved nails, the young lads because they’re growing quickly, the nail (plate) has to grow quickly in surface area but lacks in thickness, the stresses, from being very active, can cause ‘tears’ in the sides of the nail (plates),
I strongly recommend phoning a podiatrist for advice/appointment, Yellow Pages, book or internet, under ‘Podiatrists’. mark

Mumbucks Mumbucks 8:00 pm 05 Jan 12

sarahsarah said :

When I had issues with what I thought was my achilles tendon I went to The Walking Clinic in Lynham (02 6249 1758) and they were very helpful. I was also able to get into to see them very quickly (the next day) and they didn’t cost me a bundle.

Turns out I just have short calf muscles. It’s a wonder natural selection hasn’t taken me yet.

Good luck!

+1 walking clinic. Very professional

poetix poetix 3:06 pm 05 Jan 12

dungfungus said :

johnboy said :

Pretty sure the sub outsourcing didn’t include the CT.

The information I received was that Faifax were outsourcing subbies and I assumed that as the CT is a Fairfax publication the CT would be included. Accordingly, if I am wrong, I apologize to the still resident CT sub editors but I would suggest they be more alert and less prostrate during working hours.

Or pull their fingers out…

dungfungus dungfungus 2:44 pm 05 Jan 12

johnboy said :

Pretty sure the sub outsourcing didn’t include the CT.

The information I received was that Faifax were outsourcing subbies and I assumed that as the CT is a Fairfax publication the CT would be included. Accordingly, if I am wrong, I apologize to the still resident CT sub editors but I would suggest they be more alert and less prostrate during working hours.

dungfungus dungfungus 2:33 pm 05 Jan 12

EvanJames said :

… two post nutbag. Reading the site I previously linked to, there’s a very good FAQ
Which says that Podiastrists used to be called Chiropodists but they changed it to avoid confusion with Chiropractors.
And, there’s some useful advice about how to deal with ingrown nails.

Amazing; only a cretin would confuse Chiropodist with Chiropractor. Then again, this is Australia. There was a big article in the Canberra Times a couple of weeks ago about “Prostrate Cancer” which was fascinating because the details were also very similar to the experience one would get with Prostate Cancer. The CT outsources its sub-editing these days – proof readers have died off (just like Chiropodists)

    johnboy johnboy 2:34 pm 05 Jan 12

    Pretty sure the sub outsourcing didn’t include the CT.

NoImRight NoImRight 12:57 pm 05 Jan 12

EvanJames said :

Interestingly, there is a branch of podiatry called Podiatric Surgery, and I suspect they are what replaced Chiropodists. They can actually perform standard surgery on feet, bunions and whatnot.

Podiatrists are very clever people and if I have foot issues, that is where I go, feet is their sphere of knowledge and so predictably, their knowledge is vast.

I recommend wholeheartedly Ben Balthazar at Footcare in the Churches Centre, Woden. Like Sarahsarah my issues were more to do with movement, but I’ve sent others to him with various foot ailments, and his treatment has been fully effective.

Can plus one on Footcare in Woden. Good service and got results.

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