What is the difference between a podiatrist and a chiropodist?
Not a great deal. Chiropodists changed their name to podiatrists in 1977. Podiatrists are able to look after all of your foot and ankle complaints from knee pain to heel pain (Plantar Fasciitis).
How often should I visit a podiatrist?
You should think of your feet the same way you think about your teeth. Prevention is better than cure so be sure to have regular check ups. We recommend that you have your feet checked at least once a year. This is even more important if you have orthoses as they may need adjusting. Those of you who suffer from more complex conditions such as diabetes should have your feet checked much more frequently. Any problems or soreness should be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible to avoid further injury.
Are the Podiatrists at Kenmore Podiatry Clinic experienced?
All our podiatrists have completed a four year bachelor degree majoring in Podiatry. We are all members of the Australian Podiatry Association (Queensland) and participate in continuing education.
How much time should I allow before my initial appointment?
Arrive 5-10 mins prior to your first appointment to complete any necessary paperwork.
What should I bring with me to my initial appointment?
Any referral letters from Medicare or DVA, any diagnostic tests results eg. x-ray, ultrasounds, MRI scans etc. It is also helpful to bring your usual or most worn shoes and any current or previous orthoses.
Will my private Health Fund cover me?
Yes, all major Australian health funds cover podiatry if you have the relevant extras cover. It is important to check your level of cover to determine your rebate. We are able to process your claims on the spot at our clinic through our HICAPS system.
Will Medicare cover me?
Medicare will cover some, but not all patients for Podiatry. If you have a chronic health condition eg Diabetes, chronic arthritis, visual impairment and have a disease that will significantly affect your feet and lower limbs and your ability to care for them, you may be entitled to EPC (Enhanced Primary Care). You will require a referral from your GP and will be entitled to a maximum of five visits per year.
Do I need a referral?
No. Anyone can visit a podiatrist although many of our patients have been referred by their general practitioner, physiotherapist, osteopath, chiropractor or other allied health care practitioner. However, if your general practitioner has registered you under the Enhanced Primary Care Scheme you will need a referral and if you are covered by DVA or Workcover you will need a referral as well.
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If you have any further questions or queries, we are a friendly bunch and only too happy to help. Please contact us today.