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Sports injuries in Mackay

Frequently Asked Questions

    Who should see a podiatrist?

        Our patients come from many varying backgrounds and referral sources. While we receive a large number of referrals from medical and allied health professionals, many of our most satisfying referrals come via word-of-mouth from existing patients. At Podiatry Mackay we accept walk-ins and referrals from WorkCover, DVA and Medicare. We also do home and hospital visits to the Mater, children/paediatric, the elderly/geriatric, athletes and everyone else in between!

    What is a podiatrist, and what do they do exactly?

        Podiatry is a branch of medicine devoted to the study of diagnosis and medical and surgical treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle, and lower extremities. Podiatrists are also able to diagnose and treat many complications which affect the lower limbs, including skin and nail disorders, corns, calluses and ingrown toenails. Foot and leg injuries and infections caused by sports or other activities are also diagnosed and treated by podiatrists.

    What treatments and therapies do Podiatry Mackay Offer?

        Sports and activity related lower limb (feet, ankles, knees and legs) pains and soreness
        Video gait analysis
        In shoe pressure measurement (coming soon)
        Orthotic and insole therapy
        Footwear advice and modification
        General nail and callus treatment
        Children’s foot problems including flat feet and pigeon toe
        Strapping and taping techniques
        Treadmill assessment of running style
        Foot and ankle pain including painful heels
        Ingrown toenail treatment and surgery
        Foot Mobilisation Therapy (FMT)

    Why should I visit a Podiatrist?

        Podiatrists are allied health professionals who are able to help with a range of foot and lower limb problems and pain. It may be a complex functional issue or running technique concern, a diabetic foot assessment or even that nasty ingrown toenail we are there to help.

    What is involved with an appointment?

        An appointment is normally between 30 to 60 minutes depending on what is being done at that appointment.

    If this visit is your first time with Podiatry Mackay, please arrive ten minutes earlier for any paperwork that needs to be completed.

        An initial and subsequent consultation for nail and callus treatment will take about 30 minutes. Appointments requiring more thorough investigations and assessments, for example foot pain, sports injuries and children’s feet, will normally take 60 minutes and involve the podiatrist doing a series of tests and examinations and talk you at length about your foot problem

        It is important to be well prepared for these appointments so that the podiatrist can provide the best outcome for you. You’ll need a few extra items to make this appointment more helpful. This includes bringing any foot and leg x-rays or scans, shoes that you commonly wear (especially any that cause you problems) and wear or bring clothes that are comfortable and easy to walk or run in.

        Shorts or pants that can easily be rolled up enable the podiatrist to see and assess your foot function and mechanics. Remember if this is a child’s appointment it is always a good idea to involve games, bring books or food to make them feel comfortable.

    Do I need a referral to see a Podiatrist?

        No, a referral is not needed to see one of our podiatrists, However, certain patients such as those with Department of Veterans Affairs cards, Medicare Plans and EPC’s will need referrals from their general practitioner. We also have HICAPS onsite so you can claim directly from your private health funds and simply pay the gap at the time of your appointment.

        Our patients come from many varying backgrounds and referral sources. While we receive a large number of referrals from medical and allied health professionals, many of our most satisfying referrals come via word-of-mouth from existing patients.

        Referrals involving WorkCover, Department of Veterans Affairs and Medicare plans are also accepted. We do domiciliary visits to your home and the Mater and Mackay Rehabilitation Hospitals.
        We love to see children, athletes of all ages and ability and just about anybody with a foot problem.

    Helpful Links

        Podiatry Mackay is a proud member of:

        SMA: http://www.sma-australia.com.au

        Apodaca: https://www.apodc.com.au/

        And a supporter of:

        Walk for life, the national Clubfoot Program helping children in Bangladesh to walk for life. Without proper treatment, children born with clubfoot deformity remain permanently disabled. Walk for life currently has over 13, 000 children in this program. For more information and to support this cause visit http://walkforlife.org.au/

        Road Runners Mackay: http://www.mackayroadrunners.com/

        Mackay Triathlon Club: https://mackaytriclub.com.au/

    Podiatry Mackay is registered at:

        A Pod A: https://www.apodc.com.au/

        DVA: https://www.dva.gov.au/

        WorkCover Queensland: https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/

        NDIS: https://www.ndis.gov.au/

        And on the spot Health fund rebates

    How much will it cost?

        Podiatry Mackay offers many services, for more information contact us.
        Initial Consult
        Standard: $76
        Concession: $71

        Initial Biomechanical
        Standard: $85
        Concession: $79

        Biomechanical Assessment & Video Gait
        Standard: $55

        Standard Review
        Standard: $65
        Concession: $59

    Where are you located?

        We are conveniently located in the Mackay CBD on the ground floor of a beautiful Queenslander at 41 Carlyle Street, Mackay, QLD, 4740.

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