What sort of things do podiatrists do?

  • Treat foot pain associated with the joints, muscle and tissues of the foot and leg.
  • Help people with diabetes manage the ongoing risks and problems of their feet and legs.
  • Treat skin and nail pathologies of the foot and leg.
  • Assess blood and nerve supply to the foot and leg.
  • Treat and manage ingrown toenails and if required remove toenails surgically.
  • Remove corns and calluses and look at the reason why they are occuring.
  • Assess the growth and development of childrens feet and legs.

Do you need a referral to see a podiatrist?

You don’t need a referral to see a podiatrist if you want to be seen as a private patient. The majority of patients will come under this category, patients do not require a referral if they can claim through their private health cover or wish to pay privately.

If have a Department of Veterans Affairs gold card or come under workers compensation claim you will need a referral from your GP. Some patients are eligible to claim through the “Medicare Team Care Arrangement” program and will need a referral and the appropriate documentation from your G.P. If you feel that you may be eligible for a care plan please discuss with your G.P.

What is a Team Care Arrangement and am I eligible for one?

In 2004 the Federal Government introduced a Team Care Arrangement Program for people with chronic conditions and complex care needs. The programs allow patients to access private sector allied health providers such as; Podiatrists and Diabetes Educators whilst utilizing Medicare to pay for the fees associated with the visits.

You may be referred for up to 5 visits a year by your GP. If you feel you may be eligible for this program please consult your GP who will determine your eligibility