F.A.Q

Find the most frequently asked questions about my FootDr and podiatry here. For information about the conditions we treat, click the “What we treat” button on the homepage.

What does a podiatrist do?

Greg Dower & Ryan Harris from the Brisbane HeatA podiatrist is a valued member of the Allied Health profession who registered by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to assess, diagnose and treat foot and lower limb pathologies. These problems may include skin and nail disorders, foot and ankle complaints such as injuries, arthritis, diabetic and other medical complications. Furthermore, all my FootDr podiatrists are trained to examine patients for gait disorders or problems with walking and posture.

At my FootDr, our podiatrists are closely aligned with other Allied Health practitioners, general practitioners and medical specialists. This is especially evident in our Australian Foot & Ankle Institute’s Centre of Excellence. As Australia’s largest podiatry group, we are at the forefront of podiatric footcare with our innovative medical technologies and excellent patient outcomes. In fact we have pioneered many of these treatments in Australia such as the TAG Brace, fungal nail laser, Exacta3D scanning technology for custom footwear and extracorporeal shockwave therapy.

Do I need a referral?

In most cases, a referral is not needed to see a podiatrist. However, certain patients such as those with Department of Veterans Affairs cards and Medicare Care Plans and EPC’s will need referrals from their GP.

We also have HICAPS onsite so you can claim directly from your Private Health funds.

What is a general consultation and treatment?

General consultations and treatments cover a wide scope of foot problems, including:

  • Footcare (thickened nails, calluses, corns ingrown nails etc)
  • Diabetic foot screening and assessments (including digital circulation tests and neurological checks)
  • Wax baths for extremely dry skin
  • Warts, tinea and other skin pathology

Are the Podiatrists experienced?

Our team of podiatrists regularly attend ongoing education courses and seminars in order to stay at the top of their profession and provide you with the very best podiatric care that you deserve. This along with our innovative clinical systems ensure all treatments meet the highest standards and our friendly and competent administrative staff are well trained to ensure that every aspect of your footcare is to your satisfaction.

What’s included in an initial biomechanical consultation?

Orthema 3D Foot Scan for Custom OrthoticsInitial biomechanical consultations take about an hour to complete and involve a thorough taking of history, extensive physical and stance assessment (standing, walking and lying down), as well as comprehensive video gait analysis reporting.

In some cases this may include revision of previous diagnostic tests (x-ray, CT scan or MRI), and digital 3D scanning of the contours of the feet for custom foot orthotic fabrication. Patients leave the centre with a compiled biomechanical report folder that contains the video gait analysis reports, exercise instruction sheets, CAD/CAM foot scans, brochures and recommendations which may include footwear referrals.

If you have been referred to the centre, this information is also forwarded to the referrer along with a comprehensive letter of treatment. Most patients are amazed at the level of clinical detail strive for in order to provide the best service and treatment available.

Why did you choose the Orthema CAD/CAM Foot Orthotic Fabrication System?

The directors of my FootDr podiatry centres searched the world for the best system to produce customised foot orthotics. In total we assessed over 20 systems during our thorough 3 year investigation. We required an extremely accurate 3D CAD/CAM system because we felt that conventional hard plastic orthotics made from messy plaster casts were significantly less accurate, uncomfortable and ineffective than our high standards and core values demand.

In our opinion the True 3D foot contours scanned by the Orthema digitiser, whilst the foot is held in its most optimal functioning position, makes a far more tolerable and effective orthotic than those made from non-weightbearing plaster casts, simple 2D foot scanners, optical or laser scanners, foam impression boxes and basic force plates which calculate pressure not your actual foot shape.

Moreover this system can produce your Orthema orthotic devices within one hour, meaning that your pain can be fixed on the same day as your first visit.

How long do I have to wait for my custom foot orthotics?

As many of our centres have custom foot orthotic laboratory systems on-site, we can make your custom foot orthotics within one to 24 hours of your first visit, depending on the clinic. With my FootDr, you no longer have to wait weeks for a traditional plaster cast and in many cases can walk out with your new orthotics already fitted to your shoes.

How do I pick the right shoes for my kids?

Poorly fitted school shoes can affect the growth of a child’s feet and can cause problems with their gait, balance and posture. The average child spends over 1000 hours a year in their school shoes, so it is imperative that they wear appropriate, well fitted shoes.

Follow our tips to help pick the right shoe for your child and if you have any questions ask one of our friendly podiatrists or shoe fitting specialists.

Length

Check to make sure that the child’s longest toe (this may not be the big toe) is about a child’s thumb width from the end of the shoe to make sure there is some room for them to grow. Any more than a thumbs width and the shoe can be too long.

Width

Make sure the shoe is broad enough and the right shape to fit the child’s foot, too narrow and the shoes can cause blisters, too wide and they will not offer enough support.

Depth

Make sure the shoe isn’t too tight across the top of the child’s foot, this can lead to discomfort.

Heel

Make sure that the shoe fits snugly against the child’s heel without being too tight or loose.

Ankle Support

Make sure the shoe fits snugly around the ankle but doesn’t rub too much on the ankle. Make sure that when fastened the shoe provides a good grip around the foot.

Walking

Last but not least watch your child go for a walk in their new shoes, making sure the child can walk normally and that the shoe is not slipping around the heel.

 

Do you accept private health funds?

Yes. We have HICAPS facilities on-site so you can claim directly from your private health fund often with little or no out of pocket expense. Please contact your private health fund for more information about the podiatry and orthotic rebates you may be eligible for.