A referral is not required to see a Podiatrist most of the time. If you however are eligible for an EPC/Medicare team care arrangement than you will require a referral from your GP.
Podiatrists specialise in assessing biomechanics stemming from the lower leg and foot.
If you have pain in your feet ankles or lower leg and you believe your current symptoms maybe related to the alignment or structure of your feet than a Podiatrist should be your first port of call.
Transition orthotics can last up to 15 years. Some of the reasons why it won't last the test of time is if the foot has outsized the orthotic or it has been subject to serious damage. The cover on top of the orthotics is a separate addition which is free of charge. Please note: The purpose of a transition orthotic is to assist with any biomechanical deficiencies whilst we holistically aim to assist with the strength and stability of the structures that are hindering efficient biomechanical movement. Should you not wish transition out of the orthotic or not wish to do the exercises to assist this than a different custom made orthotic can be created.
Bring a pair of shorts, your runners, and most commonly worn shoes. Also for any patients on different medications please bring a list of those. Finally please bring any referrals, letters or scans that may be relevant to why you require an appointment.
Yes, it is important though that both practitioners are aware so they can plan the best management strategy for you.
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