When should I see a podiatrist?

learn when to see a podiatrist and how podiatrists treat foot and leg conditions

Have you ever wondered what exactly a podiatrist is and who should see one? Maybe you have a problem with your feet, ankles, knees, hips or even back and have wondered if a podiatrist can help. This blog should help you answer the question, “when should I see a podiatrist?”

podiatrist can provide a range of treatments for any foot and leg pain

What is a podiatrist?

A podiatrist is an allied health professional who deals exclusively with lower limb health conditions. Podiatrists hold formal tertiary qualification and are registered and managed through both the Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Podiatry Board of Australia. 

The functions of podiatrist include diagnosing, treating and managing lower limb problems. Podiatrists also handle routine nail and skin care for those unable to safely maintain their own foot health and play an important role in screening and preventing diabetic foot problems. 

What problems mean I should see a podiatrist?

A number of problems warrant seeing a podiatrist. As a non-exhaustive list, you should see a podiatrist if you:

  • You have pain in your feet, ankles, legs or knee
  • You have pain in your hips, back or upper body which may be related to an imbalance or lower limb problem
  • You noticed you have very low or very high arches in your feet
  • You have an ingrown, uncomfortable or discoloured nails
  • You have skin problems like plantar warts, callus or corns
  • You have trouble trimming your nails safely
heel pain is one of the reasons to see a podiatrist

What will happen when I see a podiatrist?

When you see a podiatrist for a problem they will take into consideration your medical history including past injuries and any systemic conditions which may be affecting your lower limbs. Podiatrists can perform injury diagnosis and gait, posture, neurological and vascular assessments. Podiatrists are also able to correctly diagnose and treat nail and skin conditions affecting the feet. 

Seeing a podiatrist should be your first port of call for any lower limb problems. You do not need a referral to see one of our skilled podiatrists. Book now or call your local clinic

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