Podiatry is a branch of health care devoted to the study, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower leg. Within the field of podiatry, practitioners focus on many different specialty areas, including surgery, sports medicine, biomechanics, geriatrics, paediatrics and primary care. This major prepares graduates for entry into professional podiatry practice.
Podiatrists can work individually or as part of a team, in a wide range of settings, and with clients of all ages. The majority of podiatry employment is in private practice, but podiatrists have the opportunity to work in community health settings; hospitals; with specialised health teams such as diabetic care; to provide health promotion and education; to undertake research; and to work with children, athletes and older people.
What can a Podiatrist provide?
- Patients will be seen by both students and experienced podiatric clinicians who have access to the latest technology in treating lower limb and foot problems, such as: heel pain, plantar fasciitis, bunions, hammertoes, Morton's Neuroma and flat feet.
- A podiatrist's role is to improve mobility and enhance the independence of individuals by the prevention and management of pathological foot problems and associated morbidity.
- This is achieved by providing advice on foot health, assessment and diagnosis of foot pathology, identification of treatment and other requirements, referral to other disciplines as appropriate, formulation of care plans, and provision of direct patient care.
Appointments and further information
This service is provided at the SCU Health Clinic, Gold Coast.
Contact us for an appointment or for further information about this service.