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About Podiatry

What is a podiatrist?

Looking after your feet is very important, after all they are there for life and your work, play and rest depend on having healthy feet and good mobility.

Podiatrists are the primary health professionals who look after your feet. Podiatry is a university qualification at the Bachelor’s degree level, with the course being offered at University of Western Australia (www.uwa,edu.au) at the post graduate level. All podiatrists are required to be registered with the Podiatry Board of Australia (www.podiatryboard.gov.au). They must complete professional development and first aid annually to maintain their registration.

Podiatric surgeons

Trained in podiatry, podiatric surgery is the only specialist stream of podiatry recognised and registered by the Podiatry Board of Australia and most are members of the Australian College of Podiatric Surgeons where they complete recognised training in surgery and medical specialties at a Masters degree level. (www.acps.edu.au). Podiatric surgeons perform complex treatment of foot conditions and patients may be referred to a podiatric surgeon by their podiatrist or health professional to treat these complex conditions.

“Looking after your feet is very important, after all they are there for life and your work, play and rest depend on having healthy feet and good mobility.”

The conditions podiatrists treat include those resulting from bone and joint disorders such as arthritis and soft-tissue and muscular pathologies as well as neurological and circulatory diseases.

Podiatrists are also able to diagnose and treat any complications of the above which affect the lower limb, including skin and nail disorders, corns, calluses and ingrowing toenails. Foot injuries and infections gained through sport or other activities are also diagnosed and treated by podiatrists.