General Podiatry FAQ
What is a podiatrist?
A Podiatrist is a registered healthcare professional with university training and qualifications to assess, diagnose, manage and treat foot and lower limb conditions. Some of these conditions may include skin related conditions, musculoskeletal injuries, diabetes related foot complications, sporting injuries, children’s feet, arthritic foot conditions, and the effects of chronic diseases on the lower limb.
Do I need a referral to see a Podiatrist?
You do not require a referral to be seen by a Podiatrist however if you have been referred by your doctor, please bring a copy of your referral letter.
What can I expect at my first podiatry consultation?
At Showgrounds Village Podiatry your initial consultation is booked for 40 minutes with one of our Podiatrists. This allows plenty of time to gain a thorough understanding of your needs and to assess your condition so that we can develop a holistic treatment plan with you that enables you to achieve your optimal outcome. Treatment is also included in your initial consultation when required.
What should I bring to my first podiatry appointment?
In order to develop the best treatment for you it is important that you not only bring yourself, but also bring any information that may be helpful for your Podiatrist to fully assess your case.
- Relevant medical imaging of your condition for example X-Ray, MRI, CT or Ultra-Sound images of your feet, knees or hips
- A range of your Footwear for causal, work, and fitness activities
- A list of medications you are taking
What is the different between a Podiatrist and a Chiropodists?
Australian Podiatrists were originally referred to as Chiropodists. In 1977 the name changed to Podiatrist to reflect the changes and scope of practice by the profession.
Do you treat children?
Yes, we treat many children at Showgrounds Village Podiatry and no age is too young. If you have concerns about the development of your child’s feet we strongly recommend you book a consultation for an assessment. Early intervention will often lead to better outcomes.
Costs & Payment
Am I able to claim for my podiatry appointment with my private health insurance?
Yes, Showgrounds Village Podiatry offers over the counter rebates for those that have private health insurance policies that cover Podiatry. Please check with your health insurance company to see if you are covered for Podiatry. For over the counter rebates you must bring your health insurance card with you.
Does Medicare cover podiatry appointments?
You are only able to claim for Podiatry consultations through Medicare if you have a valid Chronic Disease Management plan (formally known as an EPC) and have been referred by your doctor for Podiatry care.
Do you accept DVA claims?
Yes, Showgrounds Village Podiatry accepts DVA claims with a valid doctor’s referral. Please contact us on 1800 911 660 for further details.
Do you accept TAC and WorkCover podiatry claims?
Yes, Showgrounds Village Podiatry accepts TAC and WorkCover podiatry claims. It is possible you may have a small out of pocket expense for consultations, however orthotics can be provided without any out of pocket expenses.
Do you accept payment by MasterCard, Visa and AMEX?
Yes, we accept all of these payment methods
How can I find the right shoes?
The right pair of shoes can make all the difference. We can help solve your trouble whether it be sore feet from standing all day at work, running between meetings or even running a marathon. At Showgrounds Village Podiatry our Podiatrist is an Australian Podiatry Association (Vic.) member and we make it our business to know shoes.
Do you sterilise your instruments?
Yes, at Showgrounds Village Podiatry we strongly believe in the importance of working with sterile instruments and a clean environment. Podiatrists are registered healthcare professionals and we ensure all of our instruments are sterilised in accordance with Australian Healthcare Guidelines.
Do beauty & nail salons have to sterilise their instruments?
Unfortunately, beauty & nail salons are not regulated the same way that healthcare professionals such as Podiatrists are, meaning they are not required to sterilise their instruments putting clients at risk.
Home Visits & Getting Here
Do you do home visits?
Yes, at Showgrounds Village Podiatry we offer home visits to those who are unable to travel to our clinic and are located within 10km of Flemington & Moonee Ponds. Please call us on 1800 911 660 to discuss your specific needs.
Do you have parking close by?
There is plenty of free parking directly outside the Showgrounds Village Medical Centre in the Coles supermarket car park.
How do I get to Showgrounds Village Podiatry by public transport?
The number 57 tram travels along Epsom Road, simply get off the tram at stop 32 directly outside Showgrounds Village Coles car park, just 100m from the clinic. The nearest train station to Showgrounds Village Podiatry is Newmarket Train Station.
Will you share my information with anyone else?
No. We take privacy seriously and will only ever share your information with other healthcare professionals if you have provided your consent. We will never share your information with an unrelated third party.