Should I see my Podiatrist or a Physio?
Have you ever been in the position where you have hurt your foot, ankle or leg and didn't really know who to see about getting help?
We see many clients at Complete Podiatry who have been to see their GP, then the Physio, the chiropractor and finally find their way to us as they have not got the results they were looking for.
Why should I see a Podiatrist and not a physiotherapist for my foot problems?
As Podiatrists, we spend many years training and working on nothing but feet and the lower part of the body.
So, in a nutshell, we are specialists in everything feet and legs.
Did you know podiatrists perform surgery, help elite athletes run better, keep kids active by preventing and treating foot and leg pain, perform rehab after foot surgery and injury, help people of all ages manager their nail and skincare? Podiatrists do all of this and much, much more.
Do I need a referral to see a Podiatrist?
The short answer is no unless you are looking to get some funding through Medicare or Veterans’ Affairs. In these situations, you will need an appropriate referral from your GP.
Can my Podiatrist help after foot surgery?
It always amazes me that whenever someone has back, hip or even knee surgery, they are referred for rehabilitation, usually by a physio.
However, when someone has foot surgery, often they are left to their own devices and no one advises them to get rehab.
If you weigh 50kg and walk 10,000 steps in a day your feet need to be able to support a half a million kilograms EVERY DAY!
I think you'd agree, these important parts of the body need to be treated in the best way possible by the most qualified health specialists so you can get the best from any surgery on the feet or ankles.
Does a Podiatrist do rehab?
As the foot and leg specialists, our Complete Podiatrists are trained to help with injuries like ankle sprains, heel pain, sports injury, tendon injury and plantar fasciitis.
We help clients with broken bones, walking problems, arthritis and back pain.
Have you had foot surgery or need a strength and conditioning program following an injury? Do you want to run better?
Podiatrists do all of these things and more.
So, Podiatrist or physio?
If you had a problem with your teeth, would you book an appointment with your GP or would you make an appointment with your Dentist?
I think I can safely say the majority of people would make the decision to see their dentist for tooth problems as Dentists have spent years at university specialising in this complex area of the human body and then do nothing but work on teeth all day, every day.
It just makes sense to see the experts in their field when you have a problem.
Podiatrists have chosen to specialise in feet, ankles and the lower limb where physios have not.
We spend years at university focussing this complex area of the human body and then spend all day, every day, helping people with their foot, ankle and lower limb problems.
Once again, it just makes sense to see the experts in their field when you have a particular health problem
I'm so confident we can help you that I'd love to chat with you personally about your foot, ankle and leg problems, it's what I'm passionate about!
Contact us on 8330 0004 or send us a message on our website.
Yours in helping to build amazing lives from the feet up
Director of Complete Podiatry