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What Is A Podiatrist?

Updated: Jun 2, 2023

My Family Podiatry is a Brisbane based podiatry business. Our clinic is located in Albany Creek and we are here to help with your lower limb issues. But the real question is, what is podiatry and how might it help you?

What Is Podiatry?

Podiatry is an allied health profession centred around the feet and lower limbs. Podiatrists complete a four year university course to specialise in these complex structures and are required to complete ongoing training annually as part of their registration. The scope of podiatry is quite broad, encompassing soft tissue and tendon injuries, injury rehabilitation, skin and nail care, diabetic foot health care, including ulcer management, and treatment of ingrown toenails, just to name a few.

Suffering with foot pain

Who Should I See For My Injury?

When people injure their foot or leg, they will often present to a GP or a physiotherapist. Both of these professions are extremely knowledgeable, though it is like seeing a GP for a toothache...why not go straight to the dentist - the people who specialise in the area?

Podiatrists specialise in the foot and lower limb and as such are experienced in the management of many conditions relating to these structures. Some of the most common conditions we see at My Family Podiatry are:

  • Plantar fasciitis: a stabbing pain under the heel, often on the first step in the morning or after sitting.

  • Ingrown toenails: These can be extremely painful with the possibility of infection. We offer both conservative and permanent solutions for ingrown nails.

  • Bunions: A bunion is a deformity of the foot in which the big toe starts to move toward the outside toes. Podiatrists can help with advice regarding footwear or custom foot orthotics.

  • Arch and foot pain: Pain through the arch and foot can occur when walking or after long days on the feet. A combination of exercises to strengthen the arch, appropriate footwear and sometimes custom foot orthotics may be required to reduce the load in these structures.

  • Achilles’ tendinopathy: Stiffness and pain through that back of the ankle, especially when starting exercise. This must be managed by reducing load in the tendon and beginning the rehabilitation process. If left untreated, Achilles’ tendinopathy can become severe.

  • Children’s foot or leg pain: There are a number of reasons children can develop sore feet, knees and legs. A detailed assessment of their stance and gait allows a treatment plan to be developed.

  • Diabetic foot health assessments: Diabetes can affect the feet in a number of terrible ways. We perform a detailed assessment to ensure your feet remain healthy.

  • Routine foot and nail care: Treatment of thick or fungal nails, removal of corns or warts and treatment of hard and cracked heels are all part of a podiatrist’s daily routine.

If you are suffering from any of the above conditions or any issues affecting your feet or legs, a podiatrist may be the best person to see. You can book an appointment by calling 07 3088 6116 or through the link above.

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