It’s a fact: most people will require the services of a podiatrist at some stage in their life. Growing feet need special care, as do older feet that have walked many thousands of kilometres. And then there are sporting feet that experience high impact loading on a regular basis.
A podiatrist’s job is to take care of your ankles and feet. In a nutshell, they keep you moving without pain.
You might consult a podiatrist for problems like big toe joint pain, arch pain, heel pain, shin splints, footwear advice, orthotics, post-surgical rehabilitation, walking and running assessments, diabetes assessments, numbness, bunions, arthritis, warts, fungal toe nails, corns, callus, or any other complaint related to the feet or lower legs.
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.
Podiatry is generally split into two categories, and you don’t need a GP referral to make a booking. Just pick up the phone!
- General podiatry. All aspect of skin and nail problems, such as warts, fungal nails, corns/callus and general foot care maintenance.
- Sport podiatry. Walking/running assessments, footwear advice, orthotic therapy, injury assessment and rehabilitation, along with strength and conditioning programs.
In this article, we’ll outline what to look for in a podiatrist, and how to find a great one in Canberra.
Let’s get started.
What makes a good 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 and sports podiatry. If they do not offer the service you require, they should refer you to a podiatrist who specialises in your condition.
- Specialisation. Some podiatrists specialise in particular foot conditions, such as problems associated with diabetes or repetitive strain. Other areas of specialisation can be age-specific, for example relating to children or the elderly. 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, osteopaths, exercise physiologists, dieticians, psychologists and remedial massage therapists. This allows them to treat your foot or ankle condition holistically and ensure a great team is there to support you, so that you can achieve the best possible outcome.
- Affordability. When it comes to choosing a podiatrist, it pays to do your homework on pricing. Our research found that the cost of podiatry services in Canberra varies greatly. For example, a standard consultation (nail and skin care) can range from $85 to $105, and between $150 to $200 for a biomechanical examination and assessment consultation (sports podiatry). Similarly, customised devices can range from $390 to over $700, and the cost of ingrown nail surgery can vary from $400 to $1100.
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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.
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.
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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 on Google Reviews: “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.”
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.
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.
Your experience with podiatrists in Canberra
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