When we think about our health, we often forget about our feet. However, healthy feet have an important impact on our overall well being. Problems with them can affect our quality of life. That’s where Podiatry comes in. A podiatrist is a medical expert in diagnosing and treating medical and surgical conditions of the feet and lower limbs.
Podiatrists have a large scope of practice. Their treatment areas can include paediatrics, diabetes, sports injuries, structural problems and general foot care. At QSMC, we have Queensland’s most experienced and respected podiatrists from Queensland Foot Centres consulting from our clinics in Woolloongabba and Bowen Hills.
When should you see a Podiatrist?
People often assume that sore feet are a normal side effect from everyday activities. Only a small percent of these people will seek professional care. Our team treats a wide range of conditions, injuries and problems affecting children and the elderly. If you’re experiencing pain, or have any of the following, you should book an appointment with a Podiatrist.
Your feet support your entire body
The ankle and foot have 26 bones, 33 joints and over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments. That’s a lot of things that can go wrong. And let’s not forget about the conditions that can affect the outside of your feet.
What can I expect in my first appointment?
Your appointment will generally start by getting to know you and discussing why you’ve come to see us. We may ask about your previous medical history. Keep in mind any current medical problems, medications you’re taking and past surgeries. Next, your Podiatrist will examine your foot and lower leg. This is to check blood flow, sensation, strength and range of motion.
Often, your Podiatrist will perform a gait assessment. This is to examine the biomechanics of how you walk. Things we’re checking for include:
We will discuss with you our observations and proposed treatment options. Depending on your condition we may provide treatment within the same appointment. More complex cases may require additional visits. This is to best determine the right diagnosis and treatment for you. Your Podiatrist will explain your condition and advise on the next steps.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, you do not need a referral from your GP to book a podiatry appointment with us.
We recommend bringing the shoes that you wear most often or exercise in. It can also be useful to wear shorts so that we can better assess your knee and hip motion.
How often you should see your Podiatrist will depend on your condition. Treatment and the rehabilitation process varies with every patient. Your Podiatrist will provide a detailed treatment and recovery plan for you.
There is no restriction on age for when you can see a Podiatrist. We regularly treat both children and the elderly.
Orthotics are shoe inserts that control biomechanical insufficiencies in the foot. They help support weak areas of the lower limb, improve postural alignment and assist in injury recovery and prevention. A common use of orthotics is to support the arch in the foot to improve knee alignment and reduce pain.
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Bowen Hills Clinic
16 Thompson Street, Bowen Hills
812 Stanley Street, Woolloongabba
200 million steps and 177,500km
That’s the average amount of steps and kilometres we walk during our lifetime. Your feet have to carry you all that way. Let us help make sure you’re taking good care of them.
Podiatry for sports injuries
Involvement in sport or physical activity increases your chance of injury. This is due to greater loads being placed on joints, muscles and bones. Our clinicians from Queensland Foot Centres are experienced working within the sports industry. They’re the consulting Podiatrists for the Brisbane Lions, Queensland Reds, Brisbane Roar and Tennis Australia.
Podiatry treatment for athletes aims to achieve the most optimal level of biomechanics. We may recommend specific shoe models, training programs and custom foot orthotics. Common sports injuries that can occur to the feet include: