Do I need a referral to see a podiatrist
No, you do not require a referral to see Podiatrist unless you are covered by the Department of Veterans Affairs or are eligible to be covered by Medicare. In that case you will require a referral from your GP.
What do Podiatrists do
General Podiatry treatment including:
- Removal of corns, calluses and painful ingrown toenails
- Provide treatment for heel, arch and forefoot pain, knee and lower leg problems
- Assessment of children and postural problems
- Diabetic and arthritic related problems
- Veterans' Affairs, TAC, Workcover, Medicare Plus and Victorian Aids & Equipment Program
- Biomechanical assessments
- Ingrown toe nail surgery
- Footwear advice
- Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy for 'heel pain'
Why do I need to see a Podiatrist
It is recommended you see a podiatrist if:
- You have pain in your feet.
- You are on your feet all day.
- You have skin or nail problems (ingrown or discoloured toenails, corns, skin rashes).
- You have foot odour.
- You have a foot injury.
- You have health problems such as diabetes or arthritis.
- You have recurrent trips and falls.
- You have problems getting shoes to fit comfortably.
- You have lumps or bumps, bunions or mis-shaped toes.