What does a podiatrist do?
Podiatrists are health professionals who specialise in conditions pertaining to the feet, ankles and lower limb. We also provide preventative care and advice on how to improve mobility, independence and quality of life for patients. Podiatrists treat a wide range of defects, injuries and infections of the lower leg and foot. From bunions, skin infections, corns, heel and arch issues, breaks, sprains, injuries and more, all of our podiatrists at Central Coast Family and Sports Podiatry have the expert knowledge necessary to improve and restore ailments pertaining to the knees, lower leg and feet.
Do I need a referral?
A referral is not needed to see a podiatrist. However, certain patients such as those with Department of Veterans Affairs cards and Medicare Enhanced Primary Care Plans (EPC) will need referrals from their GP.
We also have HICAPS on-site, so you can claim directly from your Private Health funds.
What are orthotics and what do they do?
Orthotics are devices inserted into shoes to restore the natural foot function. They are helpful in offloading pressure areas and redistributing forces to aid in the treatment of painful foot conditions, and to prevent or treat different biomechanical foot problems. Orthotics are available as either prefabricated or custom -made, depending on the individual needs of the patient.
Do you accept Private health funds?
Yes, we accept private health funds and have a HICAPS facility available.
What is the best treatment for a sprained ankle?
A sprained ankle occurs when your ankle ligaments are overstretched. Ankle sprains vary in their severity, from a light sprain through to severe, complete ligament ruptures, avulsion fractures or broken bones. Unfortunately, a sprained ankle can increase your risk of re-injury as much as 40-70%, but the correct post-injury treatment and rehabilitation significantly decreases the risk. Call us on (02) 4369 3886 and have our team assess and treat your injury, so we can get you back on your feet in no time.
Should I see a podiatrist if I have diabetes?
People with diabetes are at a higher risk of complications to their feet. This is due to the damage to arteries and nerves. Blood flow and nerve related problems can commonly start first in the feet. Your feet can also become dry, callused and change shape with diabetes. This is why podiatry is important in the management of your diabetes. Regular diabetes assessments and general treatments keep your feet healthy and is important in reducing the risk of developing ulcerations and infections. All these risks can be minimised with you controlling your blood glucose levels, exercising, eating a balanced diet and taking good care of your feet.
What should I bring to my appointment?
- If you were referred by your GP or another health care professional, please bring your paperwork with you.
- If you have any relevant scans (e.g. X-rays, CT, MRI, ultrasound) this can also help with our treatment.
- Wear shorts or loose pants as this can be helpful when assessing your legs when walking.
- Please bring along any shoes to be assessed for their support and wear patterns. If you do not own or require new shoes do not buy any until your appointment, we can assist you with buying the right shoe.
- Additionally, if you have old orthoses bring these along to your consult.
How do I choose the right school shoes for my child?
Ensuring that your child is wearing the correct school shoes is important. School shoes undergo massive amounts of wear and tear through running, jumping, kicking, sports and other playground activities.
Here are some key tips to help you choose the right shoe for your child.
- Socks – Make sure your child takes a pair of their school socks when trying on shoes to ensure appropriate fitting.
- Correct fitting by a professional – It is important that your child’s feet are fitted correctly and that both feet are measured! Buying bigger shoes so your child can grow into them is not the best approach. Your child will more likely wear out the shoe because they are dragging them and knocking them before they can even grow into them. As a rule, it is best to purchase a shoe that allows a thumbs width gap between the longest toe and the end of the shoe.
- Orthotics – If your child has been prescribed an orthotic then it is recommended that the orthotic is taken with you during the fitting process. This will ensure that the right shoe is fitted accordingly by considering adequate depth and width when the orthotic is worn at the same time.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding anything foot or ankle related our podiatry team are happy to assist. Contact Central Coast Family & Sports Podiatry on (02) 4369 3886
When should I take my child to a podiatrist?
If your child appears to have any of the following conditions, contact Central Coast Family & Sports Podiatry so we can make a thorough and accurate assessment, and advise on the best footcare treatment for your child.
Is your child:
- Bow legged, curled toed or a toe walker?
- Clumsy & uncoordinated?
- Flat footed or pigeon toed?
Has your child been:
- Avoiding sporting activities?
- Complaining of leg or foot pain?
- Born with metatarsus adductus or talipes?
- Struggling to keep up with others?