Podiatrists take care of your ankles and feet; in a nutshell, they keep you moving
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 a long way in their time. You might consult a podiatrist for problems like knee pain, numbness, bunions, arthritis, skin and nail problems, or any other complaint related to the feet or lower legs.
In the world of podiatry, prevention is definitely better than cure. Left untreated, simple problems can lead to pain and loss of mobility. So, take care of your feet and ankles – you need them to be in tip-top shape.
What Makes a Good and Reliable Podiatrist?
How do you go about choosing a good podiatrist? We’ve done our research and here’s what we think you need to consider.
- Qualifications. If you’re in pain or your mobility is limited by foot or ankle problems, you want a qualified professional to assist you. Does the podiatrist display their qualifications? Are they a member of the relevant professional associations? Don’t be afraid to ask if you are in doubt about the qualifications of a podiatrist.
- Relaxed environment. It’s never fun when you are seeking treatment for a medical condition. A relaxing pleasant environment helps to ease your nerves. Friendly staff can put your mind at ease or keep you feeling positive through any uncomfortable treatments.
- Latest equipment. Technological advances in the podiatry field make diagnosis and treatment of various conditions faster, less painful, and more effective. You want your podiatrist to have access to all the latest diagnostic and treatment equipment.
- Range of services. A good podiatrist will be able to offer a range of services from general foot care to surgery. 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 that the podiatrist you see has knowledge and experience relevant to your problem.
The Top 5 Canberra Podiatrists According to You
RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 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 maintain a minimum average of 4/5 stars on both Google and Facebook reviews.
With a range of treatment options and minor procedure for foot and ankle surgery, the team at Act Podiatry are highly trained and well experienced. Dr Jane Earl, specialises in mobility and its effect on quality of life. Her colleague Dr Clayton Clews has great knowledge in the fields of orthopaedics, rheumatology, anaesthesiology and vascular surgery. Damien Lafferty has worked previously for the UK Athletics, the English Institute of Sport and the British Olympic team in the London.
Official podiatrist of the ACT Brumbies, Podiatry Professionals are a team of enthusiastic and well-experienced podiatrists. Their new patient promotion offers a free footwear analysis and prescription. Director and senior podiatrist Matthew Hotchkis is a homegrown local and has been practicing podiatry in Canberra since finishing his degree in 2004. He’s also played Hockey at a semi-professional level in Belgium which gives him a unique consultation perspective for elite athletes.
Darelle and Nell are the two smiling faces who greet you on arrival at Brindabella Podiatry. Their team of 5 podiatrists are highly experienced and also just as friendly. Nicole, Kylie, Melanie, Lydia and Luke are all university trained and registered nationally. No referral necessary and they are open Monday to Saturday. Narelle or Dell are happy to accommodate a time that suits your schedule.
Opened since 1982 Andrea Clelands practice boasts a well established reputation for a happy and efficient podiatry practice. Her team of 6 podiatrists are all unique in their specialties and podiatry interest which makes for a broad range of experience. Andrea also offers a list of podiatry problems and information on their causes and prevention.
With over 20 years experience, Michelle Prophet-Pearson is the principal podiatrist at Canberra Podiatry and leads her team of friendly podiatrists with pride. She has a special focus towards dance and ballet with pre-pointe and en-pointe assessments. Michelle runs the clinic with her husband and offers a range of podiatry services as well as footwear available to purchase in store.
Who did you pick?
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