Who are podiatrists?
Podiatrists are university educated and have to be registered to be able to practice.
If you have any problem with your feet the most appropriate person to see is a podiatrist.
Podiatrists are health care practitioners who diagnose and treat disorders of the foot and lower leg.
It is not necessary to obtain a referral to see a podiatrist. Private health insurance funds cover podiatry services under their ancillary tables.
Some people suffering from a chronic disease, may be eligible for up to five visits subsidised by Medicare. A referral has to come via a GP to access this scheme.
Our feet are often the most neglected part of the body. Often it is not until they become painful that we pay them any attention. And it's at this moment we begin to realise how much we rely on our feet for our mobility and independence – particularly when we get older.
Research has shown that people are more likely to have serviced their car than to have had their feet checked by a podiatrist. Yet our feet are our main mode of transport, carrying us on a journey of 128,000 kilometres in a lifetime – the equivalent of three times around the world.