The Benefits of Seeing a Podiatrist

The Benefits of Seeing a Podiatrist

The benefits of seeing a podiatrist range from the preventative actions we take to the conditions we treat.

On a daily basis, our feet and lower limbs take a lot of pressure. The average number of steps an Australian takes per day is 4,491. As of 2021, the current life expectancy for Australia is 83.64 years, which gives you an idea of just how many steps we take in our lifetime.

Our feet are an incredible system of ligaments, muscles, tendons, and bones that help us to stand, run, and walk while supporting the weight of our body, and yet we take our feet for granted. They often get forgotten until something goes wrong. Many of us think that our foot and lower limb issues will go away with time and rest and are not quick to rush to the podiatrist to get their issues evaluated.

While we are young we take our mobility for granted, but as we age, maintaining our ability to get around becomes of primary importance.

The benefits of seeing a podiatrist become very valuable when you reach this stage in life, but you don’t have to wait until you are experiencing any issues or you are older to see one of our podiatrists.

What is a Podiatrist? The benefits of seeing a podiatrist

A podiatrist (sometimes known as a foot doctor) are specialised healthcare professionals who are trained to treat issues and health concerns explicitly for your feet and lower limbs. Our team of podiatrists are able to treat sporting injuries, diseases and provide podiatry care for younger children. Foot injuries and diseases can be quite complex and often are caused by underlying problems. Therefore, they often work alongside other healthcare professionals to provide comprehensive health treatment. A big aspect of our work is prevention, as there are several injuries and problems that can be managed easily if done correctly and in the early stages.

General Benefits of Seeing a Podiatrist


Specialised approach to diagnosis and treatments of the foot

A podiatrist has all the best knowledge and experience on how to diagnose, treat and manage your foot conditions.

Prevent Future Foot Problems

A podiatrist can work to prevent future foot and lower limb problems or help resolve your foot pain and correct biomechanical abnormalities with foot orthotics or orthoses. Orthotics are a common need amongst people of all ages to assist them in helping and preventing issues that can cause foot pain and strain.

Biomechanical and Gait Assessments

A Biomechanical assessment is a detailed analysis of your foot and lower limb posture and function, to diagnosed pain or injury, and to determine contributing factors to the injury. It allows us to identify abnormalities, insufficiencies and how the body compensates for these irregularities. It involves the examination of the lower limbs, looking at their structure and alignment as well as their strengths and weaknesses.

Our podiatrists pay special attention to how the different muscles of the body are working, and how one misaligned joint in the body can affect the position and function of another joint. The assessment is not focused on the feet alone, but includes the pelvis, legs and knees, assessing the relationship between them.

This then allows us to correct any identified contributing factors, and to take preventative measures to decrease the chances of your injury or pain recurring.

Professional Advice for long-term foot health

Podiatrists specialise in feet and therefore have all the expert knowledge, experience, and expertise to provide professional advice on how you can keep your feet and lower limbs healthy for a long time. Our podiatrist will advise you on the appropriate lifestyle changes, hygiene, diet, and preventative measures that you should take to secure the health of your feet for many years to come.

Treatment for Athletes- Sports Podiatry

People that are more active and play sport are more common to foot and lower limb injuries.

Sports Podiatry is one of the many subcategories or special interest pathways that are found within the Podiatry profession.

A Sports Podiatrist will assess, treat and manage lower limb injuries and dysfunction, with a particular consideration toward effects of sporting activities on the lower limb.

The Podiatry conditions we treat

Here at East Gosford Podiatry we treat a range of conditions with the ultimate goal to get your back on your feet, pain free.

Podiatry Conditions include:

Athletes Foot/ Tinea

Tinea is one of the common podiatry conditions. Adhering to a well-planned treatment strategy should completely resolve your tinea infection.

Corns and Calluses

Corns and calluses are a build-up of hard dead skin. These podiatry conditions usually develop in high pressure & weight-bearing areas as a result of friction from high heels, ill-fitting shoes or biomechanical abnormalities.

Cracked Heels (Heel Fissures)

Painful cracked heels often result from a build-up of hard skin or callus around the back edge of your heel.

This thickened skin becomes less mobile and loss of elasticity and is unable to accommodate the constant flattening and expansion of you heel as you walk. Over a period of time, small cracks will develop that if left untreated can lead to deep painful fissures.

Fungal Nail Infection (Onychomycosis)

A fungal nail infection (onychomycosis) is an unsightly inconvenience that can affect even the most diligent hygienic person.

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton’s Neuroma (or neuritis) is the inflammation of a nerve that runs between the long bones in the ball of the foot (metatarsals).

Severs Disease

Calcaneal Apophysitis (also known as servers disease) is a common cause of heel pain in active children.

Although Calcaneal Apophysitis is often referred to as “Severs Disease,” it is not a disease process, rather, a stress reaction in the growth plate or apophysis of the heel bone (Calcaneus).

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is a condition that causes pain in the heel, due to issues occurring in the plantar fascia. Over time,
wear and tear or injury can cause damage to the plantar fascia, which is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot.

See our infographic below for symptoms of plantar fasciitis.

Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms

The Benefits of Seeing a Podiatrist – East Gosford Podiatry


As you can see, podiatry treats a wide range of conditions and there are many benefits of seeing a podiatrist. No matter whether you are young or old, treat your feet like you would your skin or teeth and maintain their health. Regular visits to the podiatrist, even when you have no issues, can help to keep your feet and lower limbs strong and healthy.

Our team of highly experienced podiatrist can identify issues before they begin. Putting off a seemingly minor issue can quickly change into a much bigger problem that will cause more pain and discomfort and require more treatment and time to correct.

If you need to discuss any concerns you have regarding your child’s foot and limb problems give our team of paediatric podiatrists Central Coast a call today.

We Accept Patients from all over the Central Coast

If you are in East Gosford and surrounding suburbs and are in need of a Podiatry appointment due to lower limb or feet issues you may need orthotics. Please contact our clinic on (02) 4325 0600

Highly-experienced Podiatrists servicing the Central Coast

East Gosford
Green Point
Point Clare

Point Frederick
West Gosford
Avoca Beach

North Gosford
Erina Heights
Niagara Park
Woy Woy

(02) 4325 0600