What Is Podiatry?
Podiatry, or podiatric medicine, is a branch of allied health devoted to the study of, diagnosis, and medical treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle & lower extremities. A podiatrist is a health professional who deals with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of medical and surgical conditions of the feet and lower limbs. At Pinnacle Health Group, we focus on lower limb biomechanics and use cutting edge techniques to capture accurate diagnosis.
The Pinnacle Treatment
The initial consultation with our Podiatrists is a thirty minute, complex assessment of your lower limbs. It may involve:
- Assessment of Mechanical cause of Lower Limb Pain
- Treadmill Video Gait Analysis
- Prescription of Corrective Foot Orthoses for Lower Limb Realignment
- Fitting and Adjustment of Orthotic Devices
- Advice and modification of running shoes and other sporting footwear
Why see a Podiatrist?
You may not necessarily immediately think to see a Podiatrist when you are experiencing problems with your feet, however, there are many conditions and pain related issues that a Podiatrist can help with, including:
- Achilles Pain
- Knee Pain
- Flat Feet
- Physical Injuries
- Sports Injuries
- Ankle Sprains and Pain
- Forefoot Pain
- Growing Pains
- Leg Length Discrepancy
- Plantar Plate Tears
- Sever’s Condition
- Shin Pain
- Stress Fractures
The initial consultation with our expert Podiatrists in Melbourne or Sydney will involve a full physical examination of the lower limb and treadmill video gait analysis. This initial consultation runs for approximately thirty minutes. It is vital that our Podiatrists can look at every aspect of your feet and the footwear you wear. Please bring in any footwear that is relevant to your appointment, including running/fitness footwear to wear on the treadmill. Please bring any relevant medical information or results from scans/tests.
Nothing is more important to your long-term mobility than the health of your feet. Walking is a little difficult without them! If you think you may have an issue with your feet, consider visiting one of our locations for a consultation in podiatry. On Collins Street in Melbourne we have an excellent wellness centre where you can book an appointment.
Don’t take a risk with something so important as the health of your feet. If you’re experiencing anything out of the ordinary, play it safe and speak with a medical professional. It’s better to know nothing is wrong than to let a problem get worse before you seek treatment.
Signs that you may need podiatry
While not every issue that arises with your feet is going to demand medical attention, there are certain things you shouldn’t ignore. For instance: a hammertoe occurs when one toe bends over the top of another. It is easily treatable early on by wearing a corrective sleeve, but advanced stages may require surgery. That’s exactly why you shouldn’t ignore an issue with your feet. It is often much more difficult to fix later on. You should schedule an appointment if you are experiencing any of the following:
- Pain in your knees, shins, or forefoot
- Numbness that persists over time
- Chronic swelling
- Yellowing nails
- Painful toenails
What to expect during your appointment
At Pinnacle Health Group, we always perform a full examination of your lower limbs and feet during an initial podiatry appointment. We will also ask that you walk on a treadmill while we perform a video gait analysis. This will measure how you walk and allow our staff to spot potential issues in your body alignment or the health of your feet and legs.
You should be prepared to discuss why you made the appointment, so it’s helpful if you write down your symptoms beforehand. That way, you won’t forget anything when you’re talking with the doctor.
Ailments helped by podiatry
There are many reasons you should consider working with a podiatrist. Autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis can cause damage to your joints, including your ankles. Podiatrists can help to counteract the pain and disfigurement caused by arthritis. A podiatrist can even treat more common issues, such as growing pains.
If you need to encourage healing in a specific area of your foot, you may want to consider shockwave therapy. This type of treatment uses high-energy soundwaves to stimulate blood vessel growth and circulation in your feet. It can be used to treat damage done to your tendons and is often used to help with pain from injuries that aren’t healing well.
Taking care of your feet is essential to mobility
If you want to keep moving throughout your life, you absolutely have to take care of your feet. If you’re unsure about something, it’s best to go ahead and set an appointment. You can find services in podiatry at our Docklands location on Collins Street. Don’t take a risk on your ability to walk without pain, make an appointment today!
Pinnacle Health Group is Melbourne’s best physiotherapy centre. We have offices in Collins St and Docklands. We offer physiotherapy, clinical pilates, massage and myotherapy. We also offer corporate health and wellness. Visit our website or give us a call to learn more!