What is a podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a highly trained specialist health professional who deals with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of medical and surgical conditions of the foot, ankle and lower limbs.

What can podiatry treat?

  • Bone and joint disorders such as arthritis and soft-tissue and muscular pathologies, acute and chronic conditions, foot injuries gained through sports and other activities.
  • Neurological diseases such as tarsal tunnel syndrome, Morton’s neuroma, diabetic neuropathy, diabetic neuroarthopathy (Charcot’s joint), cerebral palsy, myasthenia gravis, Charcot Marie Tooth Disease etc
  • Circulatory diseases such as Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), Lymphoedema secondary to heart or kidney conditions, pressure ulcers etc.
  • Skin and nail disorders such as corns, calluses, ingrown toenails, viral warts, fungal skin and nail infections, eczema, Athlete’s Foot etc.

A podiatrist’s recommendations might include physical therapy, specific exercises, the use of custom-made inserts for your shoes, medications or surgery to treat skin conditions. You do not usually need a referral from a GP to see a podiatrist. However, some funding schemes may require a referral, for example those under

  • i) Chronic Disease Management (Enhanced Primary Care)
  • ii) the Department of Veterans Affairs
  • iii) Workers Compensation

The above-mentioned need you to have a referral. If you’re under ones of those schemes, check before making your appointment.

Some areas in which podiatrists may develop a special interest include:

  • Sports medicine
  • Biomechanics
  • Paediatrics
  • Surgery
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Gerontology


Podiatry is available at:

Victoria Park Sports Massage Clinic

Suite 7, First Floor, Medpoint Medical & Professional Centre
107 - 109 Orrong Road, Rivervale, 6103
Tel: (08) 9472 6366 - Fax: (08) 9472 6667 - View Map

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