What is a Podiatrist?
Podiatrists are highly trained health professionals who specialise in foot care and lower limb conditions. Podiatrists deal with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of medical and surgical conditions of the feet and lower limbs. Podiatrists treat people of all ages, from young children, to athletes to elderly.
Many people with chronic health conditions such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis are encouraged to seek help from a podiatrist on a regular basis. In addition, 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 ingrown toenails. Foot injuries and infections gained through sport or other activities are also diagnosed and treated by podiatrists.
In New Zealand, anyone practicing podiatry must be registered with the New Zealand Podiatrists board and have a current Annual Practicing Certificate.
Who should see a podiatrist?
Podiatrists are available to anyone with a foot or lower limb complaint, whether it is new or long standing. Leg, hip, knee and foot pain are not all we treat, we also treat common nail and skin problems including ingrown toenails, corns and verrucae.
You do not need a referral to visit a Podiatrist.
What are orthotics and will you prescribe them?
Foot orthotics are custom made and adjusted therapeutic devices, which sit inside your shoes to provide support for your foot and lower limb. Custom foot orthotics are prescribed to specifically suit your individual problem, foot, activity and type of footwear. Accurately prescribed and adjusted foot orthotics are comfortable and very effective in relieving problems and preventing future ones. Not every problem requires an orthotic and we will discuss the options with you at your first visit. Foot orthoses should only be prescribed by a fully qualified Podiatrist.
How many visits will it take?
This will vary, depending on your specific treatment plan and injury needs. While many patients have responded to treatment within two to four visits, some may take longer. We will discuss this with you at your first visit. We may provide you with orthotics for daily wear or we may prescribe a strengthening/stretching program to follow at home. We are happy to refer to other health professionals as required and work closely with local surgeons, doctors, and physiotherapists.
For clients requiring regular foot care the time between visits can vary from 4-8 weeks or only once or twice yearly
Can you help with ingrown toenails and problem toes?
Yes. Some nails can be treated at your first visit to correct the toenail, while others require a surgical procedure to provide long term correction.