A podiatrist is a foot, ankle and lower extremity health care professional. Their speciality is the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of disease and discomfort of the lower limb. They are able to diagnose through the use of clinical observation and biomechanical assessment. The Bachelor of (Health) Science - in Podiatry - is their tertiary qualification and podiatrists must hold a current practising certificate to be able to practise podiatry in New Zealand. Our Riccarton podiatrists are all ACC providers as well as Pegasus Diabetic Foot Scheme approved for community funding. They treat foot and leg problems associated with diabetes and other diseases, as a result of injury or just our everyday demands on busy feet.
Podiatrists can be thought of as a foot specialist. They give you and your family advice on how to look after your feet and what type of shoes to wear. They have mastered the science of creating individualised Orthotics for your comfort, foot health and overall alignment.
Podiatry offers a variety of foot and ankle treatments for ailments such as corns and callouses, heel spurs and arch problems. They can also treat and alleviate day-to-day foot discomfort including toenail problems such as thickened, fungal or ingrown nails.