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PODIATRY

Frequently Asked Questions

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What does a Podiatrist do ?

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Podiatrists are specialists in foot structure and the treatment of conditions affecting the feet and lower limbs. They often treat sports injuries, corns and callous, fallen arches to high arches, growing children’s feet and they perform limited surgical procedures.

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Do I need a referral to see a podiatrist?

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The short answer is no, however if you have a Department of Veteran Affairs gold or white card you will need a referral to be covered by Veteran Affairs.  Your GP may find you eligible for a Medicare referral if you have a chronic (or terminal) medical condition. This is covered under Medicare Chronic Disease Management (CDM).

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Is Podiatry covered under Medicare?

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Yes but you would need to be regarded as eligible by your GP under particular guidelines, you need to have a Chronic Condition, complex care needs and or a terminal illness. A GP Management Plan (GPMP)-(item 721) and Team Care Arrangements (TCAs)-(item 723) need to be arranged by the GP which are referred to as EPC's (Enhanced Primary Care referrals).
We at Penguin Podiatry bulk bill consultation payment with a current and valid referral.

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What are orthotics and what do they do?

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Orthotics (also known as Orthoses) by definition are appliances that correct or control a structural abnormality. They alter the boney alignment of your feet. It is recognized that many problems are due to mechanical factors, the most common example being flat feet.

High arched feet have less shock absorption causing problems like shin splints and heel pain. Orthotics generally maximise lower limb mechanics helping to maintain good foot function and posture. Some Orthotics are designed to be more accommodative and cushioning to relieve pain and encourage walking.

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Is Podiatry the best place for me to get treatment for my condtion?

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It can be difficult to know which practitioner to go to as everyone has different views on the best treatment options.
Misinformation and misconceptions regarding the abilities of different specialists can prevent you getting the right treatment.
Podiatrists spend their working day dealing with foot complaints and are specialised in that field, most of the time there is something they can do to help.

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What are a Podiatrist qualifications?

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Podiatrists are university-educated completing a Bachelor of Science
majoring in Podiatry (a minimum four year degree). Some go onto further education but all are required to conduct ongoing continued professional development to remain registered.
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