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Darwin PodiatryWelcome to Darwin Podiatry. As a specialist clinic, Darwin Podiatry deals exclusively with conditions affecting the foot and ankle, as well as treating problems associated with the shins, knees, hips, and lower back which result from the influence of foot function.

Parking in close proximity, along with public transport and other amenities.We have a special interest in general footcare, children and sports related podiatry. Darwin Podiatry offers complete footcare for the entire family, from children to the elderly, elite athletes to the weekend warrior.

Patients with ancillary cover will find our podiatry services attract rebates from private health funds. For most health funds, we also offer instant health fund rebates using the Health Industry Claims and Payment Service (HICAPS).Referrals from your GP are only required for Medicare Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) plans, Department of Veterans’ Affairs, workers compensation and motor vehicle accident claims.We are conveniently located in the Darwin CBD, in Cavenagh Street, next to Woolworths.

Ultimately, we wish to provide you with a positive and rewarding experience during your time spent with us at Darwin Podiatry.We are committed to provide you with consistently high quality Podiatry services within a friendly and caring work environment. We are committed to continuous improvement of our levels of service through further education and advancement of our skills.

Who is a podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a health professional who deals with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of medical and surgical conditions of the feet and lower limbs.

To become a podiatrist, a practitioner must complete a Bachelor’s Degree and be registered with the state podiatry registration boards.

The Australasian Podiatry Council states; As providers of comprehensive foot care, podiatrists play an important role in the maintenance of mobility and consequently general health and independence of all members of the community. Along with the treatment of painful and debilitating foot problems, the podiatrist is a valued member of the health care team, conducting targeted screening and risk prevention, providing prophylactic treatment strategies which may delay or prevent hospitalisation and invasive treatment techniques and devising therapeutic care plans which facilitate mobility and activity.

Podiatric services offer a range of benefits for a variety of community groups. Podiatrists have an important role to play in maintaining individual mobility and independence by alleviating painful foot conditions, particularly for those aged over 65, for whom an estimated 85% require a range of podiatric services (Robinson, 1989). Diabetes Australia recommends at minimum an annual foot assessment by a podiatrist (Evans, 1997) to identify risk factors and ensure adequate foot health, in order to maintain the activity level necessary for adequate blood glucose control and the prevention of complications such as cardiovascular disease and amputation. Lower limb complications in this country account for the greatest number of bed-stay days of all diabetes related hospital admissions - podiatric interventions, including preventative care, wound management and foot orthoses have been demonstrated to significantly reduce rates of foot ulceration and amputation (Sanders 1994, Edmonds et al 1986). Other chronic conditions such as arthritis, are improved with podiatric intervention, through both the direct effects of the treatment and the indirect benefits of improved mobility. The chronic injuries common amongst athletes, requiring frustrating and expensive ongoing physical therapy and possibly surgery, are increasingly referred for podiatric intervention to correct underlying causative mechanical factors and improve rate of recovery.

References: Robinson J. (1989) The Aldersgate study.Flinders Medical Centre, Bedford Park, 5042 South Australia.

 

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Darwin Podiatry

3A/24 Litchfield Street

Darwin NT 0800

Phone: 08 8941 9955
Fax:     08 8941 9950

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