What is a podiatrist?
A podiatrist is a health professional who specialises in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of lower limb medical and surgical conditions. Podiatrists treat dermatological and nail conditions such as corns/calluses and ingrown toenails. They also manage and treat bone and joint arthropathies and muscular issues.
Podiatrists are qualified to assess and treat walking pattern anomalies, foot and knee postural problems in adults and children and treat such problems with the intervention of customised orthoses. They can also refer for diagnostic services such as x-rays and ultrasound.
Is podiatry covered by my private health fund?
Most do, you will need to consult your health fund for confirmation. The most used item codes are:
- 014 (Consultations)
- 301 (Casting or Impression)
- 221 (Custom made orthotics)
How much does the initial consultation cost?
An initial consultation for a general treatment is $60 and for a biomechanical assessment is $100.
How much do orthotics cost?
Orthotics range from $100 to $500 depending on the type, style and requirements of the orthotic.
At what age should I have my child's feet checked?
Kids can get their feet checked from as early as 2 years of age.
Can my podiatrist refer me for an x-ray or ultrasound?
Yes, and is bulk billed under Medicare for feet.
Can my podiatrist remove corns and calluses?
Yes, we can easily treat these conditions.
Does the podiatrist use any other therapies as part of the treatment?
Can I claim my health rebate on the spot?
Yes, the clinic is equipped with HICAPS terminal so just bring your health fund card with you for an instant health fund rebate. We also accept eftpos, visa, MasterCard and Amex.
Can a podiatrist perform ingrown toenail surgery?
Yes, a podiatrist can perform ingrown toenail surgery under local anaesthetic in private practice.
Do I need a referral to see the podiatrist?
No, you do not need a referral just contact the clinic on (02) 9791 5798 and arrange an appointment.