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Podiatry in Canberra?

By p1 - 5 January 2012 16

Hi all. I am looking for recommendations (or libelous comments, humorus anacdotes, etc) concerning podiatrist services in Canberra.

A family member is looking for ingrown toe nail related medical attentention, and no one has any specific experience.

Thanks.

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Podiatry in Canberra?
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 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 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 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.

johnboy 2:34 pm 05 Jan 12

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

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
http://www.footcareact.com.au/faq.php
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)

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.
http://www.footcareact.com.au/index.php

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

EvanJames 12:50 pm 05 Jan 12

… two post nutbag. Reading the site I previously linked to, there’s a very good FAQ
http://www.footcareact.com.au/faq.php
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.

EvanJames 12:45 pm 05 Jan 12

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.
http://www.footcareact.com.au/index.php

SupaSal 10:37 am 05 Jan 12

+1 for Canberra Podiatry, but I suggest you try your GP first – My GP have done mine on both feet about 12 years ago and still no problems.

dungfungus 10:17 am 05 Jan 12

I had an ingrown toenail treated by a guy called a “chiropodist” about 40 years ago. It felt like I was walking on air after he did the job and there were no pain killers used. The guy was so skillful.
Sadly, all these practitioners have died off and they have been replaced by people called podiatrists who are great for getting superficial corns etc. removed and a foot massage and perhaps an expensive pair of walking shoes on the way out but they don’t seem to have the skills to “shed blood” as will happen with an ingrown toenail so best bet is to do what “arb” suggested and get your GP to do the job. Possibly the “Walk In Clinic” (ha ha) at Canberra Hospital could do the job as well.

arb 10:01 am 05 Jan 12

They should just go to their GP – many GP’s can operate on an ingrown toenail in their surgery under a local anaesthetic. If they can’t, or if the operation fails to fix the issue (as happened to me), they can then refer you to a specialist to have the operation done in a hospital. The difference between the two operations (for me at least) was the GP could only poison the toenail root (which didn’t work) whereas in the hospital, they burnt the root out to prevent further toenail growth on that side of the toe.

RandomGit 9:59 am 05 Jan 12

Canberra Podiatry in Deakin is the shiz. But for ingown toenails, your GP should suffice.

sarahsarah 9:49 am 05 Jan 12

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!

Dilandach 9:29 am 05 Jan 12

Didn’t someone who was angry about not being allowed to wear thongs (formal or casual) into clubs refer to canberra locals as ‘foot watchers’? Shouldn’t have a problem finding someone to help your issue in canberra.

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