Experienced local podiatry health care service

What makes our podiatry service different?

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The Switch group provides a range of podiatry services at our clinics in Penshurst, Concord and Maroubra. We have a very experienced team of physicians and podiatrists with over 65 years combined experience & great written reviews.  We focus on providing an evidence based, personal treatment service for symptoms relating to the care of your lower limbs including the foot and ankle.

 

A podiatrist is what you would call an expert in foot care. Podiatrists help people in the care of their lower limbs including the foot and ankle. It is an are of medicine that is devoted to the study, diagnosis and medical or surgical treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower extremities of the body. Podiatry deals with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of medical conditions such as arthritis, soft-tissue and muscular pathologies, as well as neurological or circulatory disease. 

 

Podiatrists are also able to diagnose and treat complications which affect the lower limbs, including skin and nail disorders, corns, calluses and ingrown toenails. Foot injuries and infections gained through sport or other activities are also diagnosed and treated by a podiatrist.

WE LISTEN

With our evidence based approach to health care means we don’t make any assumptions or take things for granted. We spend the time needed to listen and fully understand your health concerns so that we have a deep understanding of what you would like to achieve or get back to doing.

PERSONAL TREATMENT

We create an individualised treatment plan that goes through our 3 key steps to success: Explore,Preparation and Return.

THERAPY & MOVEMENT

We can ensure great results for our clients when we apply our hands on manual therapy techniques and unique movement patterns which gives you a step by step treatment to prevent the pain from returning

WE AVOID QUICK FIXES

We will avoid situations where we are asked for a quick fix, we ensure we go through the cause of the problem, correct it and provide you the right education to prevent it from coming back. This takes time and we have a process that we have developed over many years.

WE FOCUS ON LONG TERM SOLUTIONS

We don’t shy away from the fact that effective physiotherapy treatment takes time and requires a plan of sessions to do it. Other clinics may shy away from the multiple sessions and provide short term pain relief, only for it to return. We provide transparency from day one, there are no shortcuts and to effectively treat most pain issues will require long term solutions.

One of our client stories

Kiran's Foot Pain

Injury – Planter Fasciitis

What couldn’t Andy do because of the injury: I was unable to exercise. I love running, especially running for a few km’s yet was barely able to walk (hobble) a few metres. General mobility and bending over had been a challenge and I haven’t been unable to play to the fullest with my young son.

 

What was the key to getting help with this injury? Frequent appts with a clearly outlined treatment plan. 

 

How was your experience at Switch? Excellent approach. I actually thought I was going to see a physio for the pain as it was also in my calf but I was directed to Brigette instead. She explained the issue and what my treatment would look like and my options for orthotics if deemed necessary. 

 

Now that the injury has been attended to, what can you now do that was a struggle before? Within two months I was back to my daily walks, no pain and my new orthotics make all the difference. I understand the need to stretch daily and that if I have any concerns, I can call Brigette at any time for advice. Had I left it any longer, I don’t think I would have had such an excellent result. Brigette’s enthusiasm for what she does is infectious and I really appreciated her approach. 

Our simple 3 step approach

We start our journey together by listening to you. It is important that we find out as much as we can about you, your body and what it is that is significant to you. We observe your movement and how the pain you are experiencing is impacting your whole body.
Failing to plan is planning to fail. We take this literally and from the start, our aim is to detail our process of treatment to help prepare your body to move freely and get the results you want. With our focus on manual therapy and movement patterns we will prepare your body with a solid foundation.
What is important to you is important to us! So depending on whether your focus is to eliminate pain forever, get back to a particular exercise or sport, our treatment plan will be fixated around helping you achieve what is important to you.

The most common areas we treat

ANKLE PAIN

Ankle pain is most often caused by plantar fasciitis, a condition that is sometimes also called heel spur syndrome when a spur is present.

Ankle pain may also be due to other causes like a stress fracture, tendonitis, arthritis, nerve irritation or even something like a cyst or running incorrectly

FEET PAIN

Feet pain can be caused by poorly fitting shoes, prolonged periods being on your feet, overuse such as long walks or running a marathon, sprains, strains or trauma.

We can identify what is causing feet pain and even look at other areas like your knee, hip or back that is contributing to feet pain.

JOINT PAIN

Commonly injured joints include knees, ankles, shoulders, elbows and wrists.

They can be injured through trauma, general wear and tear, repetitive activities (like tennis elbow), overuse or through overloading the joint. Joints may also be injured as a result of a disease process or systemic condition (such as rheumatoid arthritis or gout.

SPRAINS & STRAINS

Sprains occur when you injure a ligament. A ligament is the supportive tissue which connects bones.

Commonly sprained ligaments include the knee ligaments (ACL, MCL, LCL) and the ankle ligaments (ATFL, CL). Ligaments can also be sprained around the shoulder, primarily around the acromio-clavicular joint.

SPORTS INJURIES

Typical sports injuries include muscle strains and joint sprains and can occur for both experienced or new athletes.

Physiotherapy can help the treatment of these injuries in their early stages so they don’t become chronic and take much longer to heal

Frequently asked questions about podiatry

What does a podiatrist do?

A podiatrist is a lower limb specialist, which means we will assess and treat all injuries in the foot or ankle as well as everything that can affect them including knees or hips like ahin splints, ankle pain, knee pain or osteoarthritis

What does a podiatrist do in Australia?

Podiatrists in Australia assess and treat lower limb injuries with different therapies excluding orthopaedic surgery (that’s related to American podiatrists). A podiatrist can assess and treat all foot and ankle injuries as well as improve knee, hip and back pain by correcting foot mechanics.

Is a podiatrist a real doctor?

We are the conservative doctors of the foot and ankle meaning we specialise in treating injuries in that area. The only surgery we do is nail surgery.

What conditions can podiatrists treat?

Podiatrists can treat an array of different lower limb injuries including: 

– Plantar fasciitis; caused by weight gain, flat shoes or compensating from an injury on the other side
 
– Achilles tendinopathies; caused by running and kids playing sports
 
– Shin splints; caused by running or old shoes
 

– Ankle pain; caused by high intensity sport like netball, recurrent ankle sprains or flat feet

– Knee pain; from weight gain, just started running or using old shoes

– Osteoarthritis; from the cold weather or tight enclosed shoes

– Flat feet; that can cause heel pain from thongs or even lower back pain

What will a podiatrist do on my first visit?

At Switch we ensure that your first visit is all about you. Our experienced podiatrist will build a thorough case history, listening to all of the concerns you have with your lower limb that you’d like addressed. We will then conduct a personal assessment where your podiatrist will;

  • Be able to educate you on your diagnosis.
  • Give you a prognosis.
  • Begin to treat your issue.
  • Tailor a personal treatment plan to get you back feeling your best.

How long does a podiatry appointment take?

An initial podiatry appointment will include your first assessment that takes 45min.

Follow up podiatry consultations are usually 30min

Does Medicare require a referral to see a podiatrist?

You do not need a referral to see a podiatrist. You may be eligible to claim up to 5 visits a year through Medicare’s Enhanced Primary Care Plan for chronic injuries.

What does a podiatrist do for diabetes?

Diabetes commonly affects the lower limb in various ways. Reduced nerve sensation is a common side effect which can present itself as numbness, burning or tingling pain. People with diabetes can also experience callous build up and skin breakdown under the callous. A sports podiatrist can help redistribute the affected areas of pressure with correct fitting footwear and foot orthoses. 

Do podiatrists have an MD?

In Australia and most other countries, podiatrists do not have an MD.