What does a Podiatrist do?

A podiatrist is a physician who deals with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of medical and surgical conditions of the feet, ankle, and lower limbs.

The conditions podiatrists treat include those resulting from bone and joint disorders such as arthritis and soft-tissue and muscular pathologies as well as neurological and circulatory diseases. Podiatrists are also able to diagnose and treat any complications of the above which affect the lower limb, including skin and nail disorders, corns, calluses and ingrowing toenails. Foot injuries and infections gained through sport or other activities are also diagnosed and treated by podiatrists.

To become a podiatrist a practitioner must complete a Bachelor‘s Degree, four year Podiatric Medicine School, three year surgical residency, and be registered with state medical boards.

Podiatrists also give expert advice on footwear, so it is a good idea to bring your shoes with you when you book in.

Why see Elite Foot and Ankle?

Elite Foot and Ankle consult with sports people and sports related conditions all day, every day, because we work within a physiotherapy and sports medicine practice. This has allowed us to build experience in a number of sports and what it takes to return the person to what they enjoy doing.

Do I need a referral to see Elite Foot and Ankle?

Most insurance providers do not require a referral, but you should check your policy to confirm this. You can call Elite Foot and Ankle directly to make an appointment if you confirm this with your provider.

Is Podiatry covered by Private Health Insurance?

Yes, however, you must make sure you have Podiatry selected in your cover. If you haven’t, you can call your private health provider and make the change. Be sure to take note of any waiting periods that may apply before you are able to make your first claim.