What Is A Foot Doctor?

What Is A Foot Doctor?

Podiatrist = Foot doctor

When it comes to health, your feet sometimes can be overlooked; but what is a foot doctor? What do they actually do?

A foot doctor is actually called a podiatrist, and they are experts in the foot, ankle and lower limb health. Your feet are actually really important, and having issues with them can have a huge impact on your quality of life and restrict the things you can do. 

We so often hear the question “What is a Foot Doctor” here at East Gosford Podiatry that we have even made this little infographic to explain it for you!

Common Issues That Foot Doctor’s Treat

Foot Doctors or Podiatrists specialise in diagnosing, preventing and treating a wide range of conditions including: 

    • Ingrown Toenails 
    • Athletes Foot
    • Heel and Arch pain
    • Skin Problems
    • Fungal Infections
    • Corns and Calluses
    • Cracked heels
    • Plantar Fasciitis
    • Sprains
    • Warts
    • Sports Injuries
    • Balance Issues
    • Arthritis
What is a Foot Doctor

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.

Foot Doctor’s Central Coast – East Gosford Podiatry

Here at East Gosford Podiatry on the Central Coast, we have a team of highly skilled podiatrists with vast knowledge on treatment options that can help diagnose and treat a variety of foot issues. We have the best foot doctors around! We specialise in offering effective treatments and preventative measures to help ease foot pain and increase the quality of life. East Gosford Podiatry is very active in the Central Coast Community and surrounding suburbs including Wyoming, Gosford, Terrigal, Green point and Erina.  We are passionate about providing comprehensive podiatry care and individually assessing and tailoring treatments to have all our patient’s pain-free and functioning.

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

Foot Doctor’s servicing the Central Coast & surrounding Suburbs

East Gosford
Green Point
Point Clare

Point Frederick
West Gosford
Avoca Beach

North Gosford
Erina Heights
Niagara Park
Woy Woy

(02) 4325 0600