(07) 3511 6352

0422 533 393

1/179 Given Terrace Paddington, 4064, QLD

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Podiatrist Brisbane

At Paddington Physiotherapy & Podiatry we strive to provide an exceptional service for our patients. We offer you a high quality, conservative and minimally invasive treatment, taking care of conditions from small calluses to complex foot-related injuries.

Even though we use them everyday, we often take our feet for granted. A number of health advisory organisations including the World Health Organisation and the Australian National Activity Guidelines recommend that adults take 10,000 steps a day as it is similar to 30 minutes of activity. Multiply this number by 365 days and then by your lifetime and the number of steps is pretty incredible. Your feet are important to you so it is paramount that they receive the best care. In addition to incorporating therapy to keep you on your feet and toes without pain, we focus on education and ensuring that you are in the right footwear to suit your needs and your lifestyle.

At Paddington Physio and Podiatry, you can rely on our knowledge and experience to treat your foot abnormalities and biomechanical problems, perform conservative treatments, minor foot surgery and free you from foot-related sports injuries.

Podiatry For All Ages - Paediatric To Geriatric

As with our Physiotherapy, our goal is to give you an accurate diagnosis of your condition, so we can treat it efficiently and effectively. Paddington Podiatry will take care of all your podiatry needs and we have a range of solutions including general foot care and orthotics.

Children of all ages sometimes need to consult a Podiatrist. Sometimes babies are born with very curled up toes and you may need some advice as to whether you need to do anything prior to them walking. You may not be sure of if a Toddler is walking well and some early advice can be useful. An assessment might be very useful as your child heads into wearing school shoes all day so they get it right from the beginning.

As you get older you may find your dexterity may put you at risk of cutting yourself as you trim your nails or it may be just too difficult to get to your feet so it’s safer and easier to see the Podiatrist regularly. Additionally, existing medical conditions may alter wound healing rate and poor eyesight or dexterity may make cutting your nails essentially impossible. Medical conditions such as Diabetes can affect the rate of healing, particularly to your feet and legs. Having your feet checked by a Podiatrist at least once a year will make sure your foot health is in the best possible condition.

Is a Podiatrist The Same As A Chiropodist?

Some of what Podiatrists do used to fit into what was then called Chiropody. The profession of Podiatry has changed over the years, so Chiropodists don’t really exist anymore and the Podiatrist role coves the job of the Chiropodist, plus a lot more. The key difference between Chiropody and Podiatry is education and scope of practice – Podiatrists can diagnose foot conditions and help you plan the management. Podiatrists undertake a Bachelors university program for four years and must be registered with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to be able to practice.

Podiatrists Who Put Your Feet First

Our approach to Podiatry:

  • Enhance foot function and alleviate pain using a combination of extensive experience and contemporary knowledge in biomechanical and general podiatry
  • Work in conjunction with your Physio, when necessary, to provide a more comprehensive program, enhancing your overall management
  • Utilise early intervention to prevent possible future complications
  • Education – we help you understand your condition, why you have it and what you need to do to recover from it
  • Use highly skilled techniques for precision podiatric procedures
  • Podiatric Services To Support You

    Our range of podiatric services include:

    • General foot care - Undertaking assessments and essential foot care for a broad spectrum of patients who may or may not have chronic foot problems
    • High Risk patient management - Undertaking assessments and providing care for people with medical conditions that increase the risk of developing foot problems.
    • Orthotic therapy
    • Patient education
    • Toenail surgery - Ingrown toenails can be very painful and intrusive to a person’s everyday life. Toenail surgeries can be performed by a Podiatrist to remove the ingrown toenail and improve long-term comfort

    Common General Podiatric Conditions

    • There is a wide range of podiatric problems, but some of the more common include:
    • Tinea and wart management
    • Corns and calluses
    • Bunions
    • Diabetic foot assessment, monitoring and maintenance
    • High risk foot management
    • Gout management
    • Foot deformities
    • Nail disorders including fungal and bacterial infections
    • Ingrown toe nails (including surgery)
    • Arthritis

    Common Podiatrist Questions

    What do I do if my child complains of growing pains?

    For children and teenagers, it is important that “growing pains” are correctly assessed and treated. Active children often experience pain that can be explained as growing pains, however this may not be the case for every child. It is paramount that children are fitted with the right type of shoes to support their growing bones. This reduces the risk of future malalignment and reduces the risk of permanent damage occurring. Furthermore, active children, heavy children and children with hypermobility or structural issues may require orthotic therapy for extra support for their feet. There are at least 26 bones in our feet and some people may have more if they have accessory bones. Growth plates in each bone found in our feet fuse at different times as well. This is also why it is important growing pains should not be ignored. The risk of long term issues is too great to ignore your concern – most times a little intervention early can prevent a life-time of problems.

    Should I have a Pedicure or should I see a Podiatrist?

    When you see a registered Podiatrist you can relax in the knowledge that all of the instruments they use are safe and sterilized according to a strict protocol. You will not be sharing a foot fungus from the person before you. Your Podiatrist is qualified and has precision skills that can help you with more than a surface treatment of your feet – a more heavy-duty pedicure! Unlike a beautician, the Podiatrist will assess your feet and ensure that there isn’t an underlying concern. Your Podiatrist will give you the advice of a qualified professional.

    I have ugly feet is there anything that can be done?

    There are a number of conditions of the feet, toes and toenails that can look unappealing for which a Podiatrist can assist. After playing a sport that may lead to regular hits to the toes such as football or hockey, the toenail may become thickened and look ugly. Your Podiatrist can work on the nail to shave it down gradually to a normal size.

    Wearing ill-fitting shoes may have resulted in calluses, blistering, and deformities of the toes. Your Podiatrist can assist with general skin and nail care, footwear advice and additions or changes to your existing footwear.

    Fungal infections are a common cause of ugly toenails – your podiatrist can diagnose the condition and give you options to manage the infection and stop it from returning.

    Calluses can often look unsightly, as can cracked heels. Your Podiatrist can both treat the skin condition and help you learn how to prevent it.

    Can anything be done for Plantar Warts?

    Plantar warts can be difficult to get rid of as the wart may reach deep below the surface of the skin. There are many different ways for the Podiatrist to address Plantar warts and they will discuss with you the method that will suit you and your condition best. Some of the treatment options include carefully removing the top layers of skin and applying medication to the area enclosed within a dressing for a few days. After removal of the dressing, pharmaceutical treatments can be used on the wart as home therapy. You will need to see a podiatrist to reassess the wart(s). Treating warts can take weeks to months depending on how deep the wart has penetrated. This type of treatment is virtually painless. Other methods of wart treatment include freezing the wart and cauterisation.

    How much time should I take off work after ingrown toenail surgery?

    You will need to discuss this with your Podiatrist as it will differ according to the extent of the surgery, sometimes you won’t need removal of the whole nail. Your time off work will vary depending on your work duties and the amount that you have to stand as well as the dress code if it determines the type of footwear required. Closed in safety boots will be more difficult to do an early return to work. You may be able to time your nail surgery to the end of the week so that you have the weekend to recover and you can minimize your time off work. Your Podiatrist can write you a medical certificate for the surgical recovery if required.

    I just ran a Marathon and I have blisters and my toenails are all black, what should I do?

    Do not pop the blisters as this will expose you to a risk of infection. Your Podiatrist can debride the blisters and apply any necessary dressings. You may need the black toenails removed to assist with healing or the Podiatrist may need to release some of the blood from under the toenail to limit damage to the nail bed. Your Podiatrists can give you tips on how to prevent damage from endurance events.

    What does Diabetes have to do with feet?

    Diabetes affects many areas of the body including your eyesight and your feet due to changes in circulation. Diabetics are prone to peripheral neuropathies where they can lose the feeling and function in their feet. This has a number of consequences including poor healing and inability to feel an injury; both of which (when combined with the poor circulation) can result in ulcers that do not heal and may require amputation if the condition worsens. So diabetics should have regular foot checks by a Podiatrist and have general maintenance foot-care by the Podiatrist if severe. You may need only one check a year but if more severe you will need your feet checked regularly. If you have Diabetes you may be able to talk to your GP about a Care Plan and a Medicare EPC referral to the Podiatrist.

    I think I’ve broken my toe. What should I do?

    During your consultation, your Podiatrist will determine if you need X-Rays. The Podiatrist will be able to refer you directly to a Radiology clinic for X-Rays. Crutches can be organised and immobilisation if necessary. If X-Rays confirm a fracture the Podiatrist will determine if you need to be referred to a Surgeon and if not, manage your continuing care.

    Book In To See One Of Our Qualified Podiatrists Today

    Podiatrists are first contact practitioners so generally you don't need a referral from a doctor to make an appointment. Call (07) 3511 6352, use the enquiry form on the right or the booking request form. A referral might be necessary if you are on WorkCover, a Medicare patient or EPC patient with a chronic and complex condition or initially for DVA, but do call us if you are unsure.

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Paddington Podiatrists

Paddington Podiatry can assist you with many and varied foot related conditions. Some examples are:

  • Corns and calluses
  • Bunions
  • Orthotics
  • Sports injuries in particular due to biomechanical causes
  • Arch pain
  • Post foot and ankle trauma support
  • Footwear advice
  • Diabetic foot assessment, monitoring and maintenance
  • Gout
  • Arthritic deformities
  • Warts
  • Paediatric foot problems and children's footwear advice
  • Hammertoes
  • Nail disorders including fungal and bacterial infections
  • Ingrown toe nails (including surgery)
  • Heel pain
  • Foot skin conditions like tinea and cracked heels
  • Flat feet and biomechanical conditions