Podiatry

Our podiatry service works within a multidisciplinary team to provide prevention, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of diseases and complications of the foot, ankle and lower extremity.

Podiatrists at our hospital provide the following:

  • assessment, diagnosis and management of ‘high risk’ foot and lower limb conditions, including foot ulceration and Charcot Arthropathy 
  • wound care - including sharp debridement and dressing advice 
  • neurovascular foot assessment
  • provision/application of pressure offloading devices such as CAM Walkers and Total Contact Casting
  • falls prevention
  • footwear assessment, advice and prescription
  • treatment of mechanical foot pain and structural deformities of the foot and ankle
  • prescription, manufacture and supply of custom and off-the-shelf foot orthoses
  • management of ingrown toenails including surgical intervention under local anaesthesia
  • referral for medical imaging and pathology tests as required (eg. X-ray, ultrasound)
  • prescription of scheduled medicines (only podiatrists with endorsement).

We provide podiatry services primarily to people classified as ‘high risk’ who require a complex level of care, for example people with:

  • peripheral arterial disease
  • diabetes
  • chronic renal disease
  • immuno-suppressive disorders
  • neurological deficit affecting the lower limbs
  • severe rheumatoid arthritis
  • a previous history of amputation.

These include:

  • inpatients who are likely to have improved outcomes or fast-tracked pathways as a direct result of podiatry services
  • outpatients who require podiatry services that are not available in the community or non-tertiary site in their local catchment area

Podiatrists at FSH are integral members of the multidisciplinary high risk foot inpatient and outpatient teams, working with vascular surgeons, infectious diseases physicians, endocrinologists and allied health professionals in the management of complex foot ulceration, infection and Charcot Arthropathy.

Podiatry is part of our Allied Health Service.

More information

Ground floor map of the main hospital

Contact us

Call our Helpdesk on 6152 2222 for all queries.

Location

Our Allied Health outpatient clinics are located at the eastern end of the main hospital building. You can access them off the main concourse on the ground floor. 

Inpatient services are located throughout the hospital campus.

The main entrance to the hospital is accessed off Robin Warren Drive.

View our hospital map to find your way. 

Opening hours

Outpatients

Regular hours: 8am – 5pm, Monday to Friday

Inpatients

Regular hours: 8am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday

Specialties requiring a 7 day service are resourced to provide this.

Extended working hours exist in the following areas

Emergency Department
8am – 9pm

Intensive Care Unit
24 hours for physiotherapy
On-call service for Social Work

Acute Medical Unit
7am – 7pm 

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