Everything You Need to Know About Podiatry in Australia

If you're looking for information on podiatry in Australia, you've come to the right place. In this blog post, we'll explain everything you need to know about podiatry in Australia, including what it is and how to find a qualified podiatrist. Keep reading for more information!

What is a podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a health professional who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the feet and lower limbs. Podiatrists are also known as chiropodists. In Australia, podiatrists must be registered with the Podiatry Board of Australia. To be eligible for registration, they must complete an accredited degree in podiatry.

Are podiatrists doctors?

No, podiatrists are not medical doctors. However, they receive extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle conditions. In some cases, podiatrists may refer patients to a medical doctor for further treatment.

What do podiatrists treat?

Podiatrists treat a wide range of conditions, including bunions, corns, calluses, ingrown toenails, heel pain, and Achilles tendonitis. They also provide advice on footwear and foot care.

Are podiatrists surgeons or physicians?

No, podiatrists are not surgeons or physicians; however, the answer is more complicated. They do perform minor procedures within a clinic although they do not perform surgery or prescribe medication.

What is the difference between a foot doctor and a podiatrist?

A foot doctor is a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the foot and ankle. A podiatrist is an allied health care professional who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of the feet and ankles.

How much does a podiatrist cost?

Podiatry services in Australia are typically covered by private payments or aged care package funding. This means that you will only pay a small out-of-pocket fee for each consultation. A podiatry appointment usually costs around $130 per hour.

What are common reasons to see a podiatrist?

There are many reasons why people see podiatrists. Some of the most common reasons include Foot pain, Heel pain, Ankle pain and Knee pain.

Is podiatry bulk bullied in Australia?

Yes, podiatry services are bulk-billed in Australia if you have a chronic condition and an EPC plan from your doctor. This means that you will only have to pay an out-of-pocket fee for each consultation. Please understand the government only pays a small fee of $52 per appointment.

Do I need a referral to see a podiatrist?

No, you do not need a referral to see a podiatrist in Australia.

Can a podiatrist prescribe medication or antibiotics?

No, podiatrists cannot prescribe medication or antibiotics. A small number of podiatrists are undergoing a trial for prescriber rights in Australia. These practitioners may be able to prescribe some medication and/or antibiotics however this is not the average practitioner.

When to see a podiatrist for an ingrown toenail?

An ingrown toenail occurs when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the flesh of the toe. This can happen if you trim your nails too short, wear shoes that are too tight, or have an injury to the nail. Ingrown toenails can be painful and may become infected if not treated properly.

If you have an ingrown toenail, you may be able to treat it at home with over-the-counter medication. However, if the pain is severe or the ingrown toenail is infected, you will need to see a podiatrist. Your first appointment with a podiatrist will usually last around 30 minutes.

Can a podiatrist remove corns?

A foot corn is a small, circular area of thickened skin that often forms on the toes. Foot corns are caused by friction and pressure, usually from ill-fitting shoes. Corns can be painful, so it’s important to see a podiatrist if they are causing you discomfort.

A podiatrist can remove corns, but they will often advise you on how to treat them yourself first. If your corn is causing you pain, a doctor can prescribe medication or give you a cortisone injection to help relieve the pain. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the corn. A podiatrist can remove corn via a small procedure in most cases.

How to become a podiatrist?

To become a podiatrist in Australia, you must complete an accredited degree in podiatry. Podiatry degrees are offered at universities across the country, and many offer scholarships to help cover the cost of tuition. After completing your degree, you will need to register with the Podiatry Board of Australia.

Where to buy podiatry tools and equipment?

There are many places to buy podiatry tools and equipment in Australia. You can find everything you need at your local pharmacy or online. Some common tools and equipment used by podiatrists include Nail clippers, Nail files, Pumice stone, Callus remover and Corn pads.

What is the Australian podiatry association?

The Australian Podiatry Association (APodA) is the peak body for podiatrists in Australia. The APodA represents the interests of members and promotes excellence in podiatric care. The APodA also provides education and training opportunities for its members.

When to see a podiatrist versus a nail salon?

There are many differences between a podiatrist and a nail salon. A podiatrist is a healthcare professional who has completed an accredited degree in podiatry, while a nail salon is usually just a beauty salon that offers nail services. Podiatrists can treat conditions of the foot, ankle and lower leg, whereas nail salons focus on aesthetics. I would strongly recommend anyone with circulatory insufficiency and in most cases, the elderly attend a podiatrist rather than a nail salon.

How much does a podiatrist cost?

The cost of a podiatrist will vary depending on the type of treatment you need. For example, a basic consultation will usually cost around $100, while more complex treatments can cost over $200. Medicare usually covers part of the cost of seeing a podiatrist, so it’s worth checking with your health fund to see

Podiatrist visits cost without insurance.

There is typically no difference in costs for podiatry services for people without insurance. Obviously, this doesn't include the benefits paid from the health insurance companies if any.

Do podiatrists help children?

Yes, podiatrists can help children. Children are more likely to have foot problems if they have diabetes, flat feet, or heel pain. Podiatrists can also help children who have cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy. If you think your child may need to see a podiatrist, talk to your doctor.

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are devices that are placed in shoes to help support the foot. They can be used to treat conditions such as bunions, heel pain, and flat feet. Orthotics can be purchased over-the-counter or custom-made by a podiatrist.

Podiatrist or chiropodist?

In Australia, the profession is typically known as a podiatrist, not a chiropodist. I understand a chiropodist is the older name.


Owner Health is a mobile podiatry clinic. If you need in-home podiatry services don't hesitate to contact us further. We would be more than happy to help you. Take care! In short, podiatry is the study of diagnosing, treating and preventing disorders of the feet and lower limbs. Podiatrists in Australia must complete an accredited degree in order to practice. The cost of seeing a podiatrist will vary depending on the type of treatment.


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