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Podiatrists: How they can help you and how to access them?

When it comes to our health, our feet are probably the last on our list. Healthy feet form part of the overall well-being of a person. Any problems you might encounter which affect your foot, ankle, and lower limb, a podiatrist has got you covered. For this article, we will be discussing podiatrists and how to access them.

Podiatrists are experts specializing in the medical care of the foot. They can help in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and help manage the impact of disabilities that affect the lower limbs. The following are foot-related conditions which a podiatrist may be able to assist but are not limited to :

· Foot problems which arise from an underlying medical condition such as diabetes and arthritis

· Fractures

· Sprains

· Nail disorder

· Heel pain

· Bunions

· Hammertoes

· Bone disorder

· Joint disorder

The podiatrist may offer therapy, specific exercises, medication, and even recommend custom-made inserts to address the specific need/s. They can even help you access or connect to appropriate supports like orthotics, splints, and prosthetic limbs.

Reasons to See a Podiatrist

Our feet, although being always last on our priority list are actually complex structures for the reason being that they involve many parts and each part has to perform properly and work together perfectly to keep us moving. Parts like bones, tendons, and ligaments need to be functioning well. So when will you consider seeing a podiatrist? When you have :

  • Foot pain

  • Medical conditions like Arthritis and Diabetes

  • Thick or discolored toenails

  • Cracks or cuts in your skin

  • Growths like warts

  • Scaling on peeling on your soles

What to Expect at the Podiatrist

Just like any other consultation, it usually starts with history taking like surgeries you’ve had, current medications you are taking, current challenges you are going through. The podiatrist will also assess how you stand, walk, balance, motion in your joints, and whether your shoes are appropriate. Once your condition has been assessed, the Podiatrist may offer treatment, suggest orthotics or therapy address your problems.

NDIS budgets

  • Capacity Building supports

If one of your goals is to independently put on your shoes and learn how to do foot care you may be able to use funding from this category

Core supports

Since podiatrists may require items or devices to assist you, like orthotics, foot care equipment, and the likes, the NDIS may be able to cover the expenses under this category

Capital supports

For items like customized prosthetics or splints, these will be covered under this category but bear in mind that the NDIS will require a quote for the funding to be approved.

Do you need help in looking for a podiatrist? Be Plan Managed with Yogi Care and have access with NDIS registered and non-registered service providers.

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