A podiatrist is a health professional who deals with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of medical and surgical conditions of the feet and lower limbs.
Podiatrists must complete a Bachelor of Health Science (Podiatry) and meet all requirements of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Podiatrists must undertake regular continuing professional education to maintain their registration.
Podiatrists are able to diagnose and treat any complications in the lower limb and foot including:
- Skin and nail disorders
- Corns, callous and ingrown toenails
- Diabetes related foot pathology
- Foot injuries gained through sports and activities
- Gait abnormalities
- Arthritis, soft tissue and muscular pathologies
- Neurological and circulatory diseases
- Prescription of appropriate footwear including standard and Medical Grade
- The prescription of foot orthoses