What does a podiatrist do?
Podiatrists are experts in foot and ankle health. They can help to prevent, diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions including:
Your podiatrist’s recommendations might include specific exercises, the use of custom-made inserts for your shoes, or medications to treat skin conditions.
Some podiatrists specialise in different areas of practice, including sports, children, and workplace health.
Where to find a podiatrist
Podiatrists work in private practice or public health clinics, for example in community health services or public hospitals.
Before going to a podiatrist
You don’t usually need a referral from a GP to see a podiatrist. However some funding schemes, for example those under the Department of Veterans Affairs or Workers Compensation, need you to have a referral. If you’re under ones of those schemes, check before making your appointment.
The cost of seeing a podiatrist varies between practices and for different treatments. It is a good idea to ask about the likely cost when you call to make an appointment. If you have private health insurance, check whether it is covered by your plan.
It’s a good idea to take the shoes you normally wear to your first visit.
It’s also a good idea to have a list of questions to ask, for example:
- what are the best shoes for me to wear?
- what changes can I make to help my foot problem?
More informationVisit the Australian Podiatry Association website to learn more about podiatry and for information on common foot problems.
Last reviewed: June 2016