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Podiatry

 

Podiatrists treat skin and nail coniditions affecting the feet. These include in-growing toenails, calluses and corns, warts and fungal infections of the skin and nail.

 

Podiatrists are qualified to perform both nail and cutaneous surgery eg. in-growing toenail removal. They can prescribe and make orthotics (shoe inserts) to reduce pressure areas and treat heel spurs, knee pain and ankle problems.

 

Podiatrists also treat common problems with children's feet and gait (walking) such as in-toeing and out-toeing, flat feet and toe walking.

 

Podiatrists are important members of a health care team in preventing and managing lower limb complications for people living with diabetes, including:

  • participating in diabetes education sessions for newly diagnosed people
  • assessing and monitoring circulatory changes of the lower limbs and feet
  • conducting motor and sensory tests to determine the level of nerve damage brought on by diabetes or other systemic illnesses
  • podatrists are highly trained in identifying, assessing and treating wound and skin tears on feet and lower limbs
  • joint problems
  • chronic/long term physical conditions

This service is supported by funding from the Australian and Victorian Governments under the Home and Community Care (HACC) program.

 

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What does this service provide?

 

Our service provides:

  • school foot screening program
  • general and diabetes footcare
  • heel/arch pain
  • corns/callouses
  • fungal infections in the skin and nails
  • in-growing toenails
  • warts
  • common problems children's feet and gait (walking)
  • orthotics
  • wound management

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Am I eligible for this service?

 

Anyone living in Hume who is not covered by Workcover, Veterans Affairs or the Traffic Accident Commission is eligible to access our service.

 

If your treatment is covered by Workcover, Veterans Affairs or Traffic Accident Commission (TAC), you are not eligible for our service as you are eligible to receive treatment by private podiatrists. 

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Do I need a referral for this service?

 

Whilst self-referrals are accepted, it is preferrable that you speak with your general practitioner or other health professional (eg nurse, physiotherapist) to discuss a referral to our service.

 

Referrals should include your medical history, current medication list, allergies and any relevant x-rays / ultrasounds or pathology results.

 

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What does this service cost?

 

Please refer to our fee brochure.

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Where is the service located and what are your hours?

 

The service offers both appointments at our centres or on a monthly basis, home visits are available.

 

The service operates from our Craigieburn, Broadmeadows or Meadow Heights campuses on the following days:

 

Dianella Community Health, GP Super Clinic, 42-48 Coleraine St, Broadmeadows Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

 

Dianella Community Health, 21-27 Hudson Circuit, Meadow Heights Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

 

Dianella Community Health, 55 Craigieburn Road, Craigieburn Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

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Who do I contact to make an enquiry or to send a referral?

 

To discuss or to send a referral to this service, or for a list of private podiatrists in the area, please contact

 

Service Access team Phone 1300 234 263 Fax (03) 8339 9898.

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Can an interpreter be arranged?

 

An interpreter can be arranged upon request. 

 

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