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Podiatry

Podiatry is the profession related to the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the foot and lower limb to restore optimal function and performance.


 

How can Podiatry help me?

Podiatry aims to identify the cause of your symptoms. Often with a lower limb injury the way your feet are moving may be overloading the body to contribute to your injury. Treatment directed at correcting this problem is the first step on your road to regaining optimal physical function and relieving your pain.

Who should see a Podiatrist?

Your Physiotherapist or Doctor is also often a source of referral to a Podiatrist.

If you have any problem with your lower legs or feet you may benefit from seeing a Podiatrist. If you are getting problems due to flat feet, high arches or ‘knock’ knees, a Podiatrist may be the most suitable professional to visit. Your Podiatrist will also advise on appropriate footwear and the need for orthotics if required.

What is involved with my appointment?

You will have an analysis of walking and/or running biomechanics (body movement) to investigate posture and lower limb function, which may include a Biomechanical and Video Gait Analysis.  If an imbalance in the way your foot moves is related to the problems you are having your podiatrist may discuss several options with you.

* Advice on more appropriate footwear, or modifications to running shoes, football boots or other sporting footwear

* Prescription of appropriate stretching/strengthening and training programs

* Prescription of corrective foot orthoses for lower limb realignment

Can I claim Podiatry on my private medical insurance?

Many private health insurance schemes give benefits for Podiatry treatment. Reimbursement will depend on the insurer and the plan you have chosen. Contact the helpline of your insurance company who will explain the actual benefits and methods of claim for your individual policy.

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