Are Foot Doctors Actually Doctor’s?
Yes, they are! All Foot Doctors are technically doctors and have had to undergo significant education to achieve their licence.
How Are Podiatrists Qualified?
In Australia, in order to be a qualified foot dr (podiatrist), the must complete the following education and processes:
- A Bachelor of Podiatry at a University
- National registration under the Podiatry Board of Australia.
- Continuing professional development
When Should You See A Podiatrist?
Knowing when to see a “foot doctor” is really important, as some issues should be treated quickly. Often, the longer you leave a medical issue untreated, the worse it can get. If you are experiencing any pain, skin abnormalities, have recently injured yourself or need a podiatrist to help manage an ongoing issue, contact your local podiatrist as soon as possible. It will improve your quality of life! You often don’t need a referral from your doctor to see a podiatrist, but they may suggest you see one to manage an ongoing issue or one-off foot problem.
What to Expect At Your Appointment
Similarly to an appointment at your regular doctor, your podiatrist will ask you a series of questions at the beginning of your appointment to determine the reason behind your visit and what they can help you with. They will review your medical history, relevant mediations and previous surgeries. Once this is done, depending on why you are visiting, they will observe how you stand and walk, how your shoes fit, how your joints move. The podiatrist will then run through your treatment options and suggest the best way to help you. For some conditions, you may only need one appointment, but for more severe or ongoing issues, they may suggest a follow-up or regular appointments.