Gold Coast Podiatry
What is Podiatry?
Podiatrists are qualified health professionals specialising in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and surgical conditions of feet and lower limbs.
Podiatrists in Australia undertake a Bachelor degree and spend up to 4 years training in lower limb and foot health. We provide Gold Coast podiatry from POGO Physio.
What is Sports Podiatry?
Sports Podiatry is a sub speciality of Podiatry practice which focuses on the prevention, treatment and management of soft tissue and sports injuries of the lower limb and feet. Areas of expertise include running/sport gait analysis, sports orthotics, sports footwear referrals, physical therapy of soft tissue including dry needling, exercise prescription and working with other medical and health practitioners to achieve best patient outcomes.
What are Sports Orthotics?
Sports Orthotics are made specifically for your sports shoe to ensure adequate support and comfort. They need to be firm enough so they are supportive and alter your foot mechanics if needed, yet flexible so they help absorb shock and are comfortable.
Why Sports Podiatry in a Physiotherapy clinic?
The introduction of SportMed Podiatry into POGO physio on the Gold Coast provides a holistic approach to the prevention, treatment and management of soft tissue and sports injuries in active and healthy people. Communication and collaboration is key in helping patients of all ages get back to what they enjoy doing faster and by combining the two under one roof this is more easily achieved.
Who is Sports Podiatry for?
People of all ages and activity abilities. If you are trying to lead a healthy and active lifestyle but are being held back by foot or lower limb pain then we can help.
Common areas and conditions treated by Podiatrists include:
- Heel pain, Arch pain and Plantar Fasciitis
- Bunion pain
- Claw toes
- Ingrown toenails including Wedge Resections (Toenail surgery)
- Shin Splints
- Calf, achilles and knee pain
- Diabetic feet
- Corns and Callous
Do I have to get a referral from my GP to see a Podiatrist?
No. You can see a podiatrist directly without a GP referral.
Is Podiatry covered through private health?
Yes but you will need to check with your provider to see if it falls under your health cover plan. If not they can easily change it for you. To determine your health fund rebate eligibility we recommend making contact with your health fund directly.
Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) & Podiatry at POGO
Did you know that if you are a DVA Gold or White Card holder you are eligible for Podiatry services at POGO Physiotherapy? You will need to get a referral from your GP for both card holder types before proceeding.
Services range from regular Nail and Skin Care to treatment of Foot Pain, Soft Tissue Injuries of the Foot and Lower Limb, Customised Orthotics, Footwear recommendations and even Customised Footwear if you meet certain requirements. In addition DVA will cover you for a new pair of Customised Orthotics every year to make sure your support is up to date.
If you think you qualify or have any further questions please call our reception to enquire or ask to speak to our Podiatrist.
If you suffer from any type of Foot ailment don’t hesitate any longer and see your GP for a referral now!
Interesting Foot Facts
- There are 26 bones, 33 joints, 19 muscles and 107 ligaments in each Foot.
- Both feet (52 bones) make up a quarter of the bones in the human body.
- Pronation is a normal part of foot function to help absorb shock and adapt to uneven surfaces.
- The average person takes approximately 10,000 steps a day which equates to approximately 185074km in a lifetime. That is enough to circle the world 4 times!
- The average Women walks 4.82km per day more than the average male
- The pressure under the feet when we run can be as much as 4 times your body weight
- 9 out of 10 women wear shoes that are too small for them
- The average foot becomes 2 sizes longer when a person stands up
- Women are 4 times as likely to have foot pain
- Running shoes last between 800 to 1000km (25km running per week = 100km per per month = 8 to 10 months before replacement)
- Standing still is way more tiring than walking, because you only use a few muscles when you’re still, whereas walking distributes the weight and effort over more muscles.
Meet our Podiatrist
Meet our sports podiatrist HERE.
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