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The Best Podiatrists in Canberra

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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!

  1. General podiatry. All aspect of skin and nail problems, such as warts, fungal nails, corns/callus and general foot care maintenance.
  2. 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.

The top podiatrists in Canberra – 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.

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.

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.

Phone: 02 6188 7035
Ochre Medical Centre, 15 Whitrod Avenue
Casey ACT 2913

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 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.”

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.

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.

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.


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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 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 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 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.

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)

    johnboy 2:34 pm 05 Jan 12

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

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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