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How To Choose The Right Podiatrist For YOU?

PODIATRY NEWS & REVIEW:

By Columnist Andrea Castello – Biomechanical, Sports and Paediatric Podiatrist:

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We all know how it starts. You have a foot problem and talk to your friends, family or perhaps a health professional about it and you get the response, “Maybe you should see a Podiatrist?” Then you think to yourself, that’s great advice, but how do I pick a podiatrist that is right for me? What differentiates a good podiatrist from an average podiatrist?

Rather than you running around in circles trying to find the right podiatrist, I have devised the 3T Model for choosing the right podiatrist for you.

What is the 3T Model?

The 3T model is a simple paradigm that you can use to ensure the podiatrist you want to see, or the podiatrist you currently see is the correct one for you. It will allow for you to ask those questions which will ultimately maximise your health outcomes.

The First T: Training

All podiatrists in Australia have completed a Bachelor Degree from a major university. However, this basic training does not make podiatrists all the same. It is important to understand that there are podiatrists that have special training and skills in different areas, such as sports podiatry, high -risk management, paediatrics and surgery. You need to ask, when you make contact with the podiatrist, what extra training, skills or experience they have with regard to your problem, this will ensure the best outcomes for you.

The Second T: Techniques

Put simply, the more techniques at a podiatrist’s disposal the greater the chance they have of fixing your problem. The reality is no two people are the same and not everyone responds to the same treatment regime. The more strings a podiatrist has in their treatment bow, the better it is for you. My advice, do your research and ensure that the podiatrist has at least a couple of options for treating your problem.

The Final T: Total

By this I mean your podiatrist takes a ‘Total Approach’. You are not just a foot and leg, but a whole person. Your podiatrist needs to understand you and the pressures that you may have in your life such as family or work, and ensure that your treatment plan fits you. In addition, there are many foot and leg issues that have drivers higher up the body that also need to be addressed. If your podiatrist doesn’t understand this, and have a strong referral network to ensure you get these other drivers addressed, you won’t maximise your health outcomes.

About Our Podiatry News and Review Columnist

AC Podiatry (19 of 20)Andrea Castello graduated from the University of South Australia in 1999 and has worked in the public and private sectors in both the country and the city. After completing a Masters Degree in Health Services Management in 2006, Andrea decided it was time to put his education to work and start his own practice, which culminated in the inception of AC Podiatry in late 2007. Since then it has grown to include 8 clinics employing 11 podiatrists.

As a podiatrist, Andrea has spent much of his professional career refining his skills with particular attention given to biomechanical, sports and paediatric podiatry. In addition to standard podiatric skills, Andrea has also completed numerous workshops in Dry Needling and Mobilisation. He is a member of Sports Medicine Australia, the Australasian Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, a Mentor to final year students and new graduates, and is currently the podiatrist for the Central District Football Club in the South Australian National Football League.

Disclaimer: The information published in this column are based on the author’s own professional and personal knowledge, and opinion. This information and opinion is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment of any manner. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding any medical condition and consult a qualified medical professional before beginning any nutritional program or exercise program. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on InShape News.

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Comments

  1. I really liked your suggestion to look at the three T’s when selecting a podiatrist. I found it interesting though how you mentioned needing to find a podiatrist that takes a whole body approach instead of an isolation oriented one to the problem area. If I’ve been having pain in my heel, does that mean the solution to treating that pain lies in more than just catering to my heel’s benefits?

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    • Hi John. The answer to your question really lies in ‘you as an individual’. A well-rounded podiatrist should get to the bottom of your heel pain by looking at you as a whole, not just a heel or a foot. By getting to know you and your whole body, how you move, your postural alignment, previous history and what activities you enjoy, a podiatrist may actually discover that your heel pain is attributed to let’s say your hip alignment etc. But without a full assessment, a podiatrist won’t uncover the cause, they’ll just treat a symptom. As a result, you’ll never get rid of that heel pain entirely. Of course, if a podiatrist discovers it’s not just your foot causing your heel pain, then they should refer you to another specialist for a follow-up – physiotherapist or chiropractor etc.

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  2. I’m glad that training is the first “T” on your list here. After all, if you’re going to find the right podiatrist for you, then you want to make sure that they’re properly trained. If they aren’t then you immediately want to go and find a new podiatrist.

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  3. I agree that you need to consider a podiatrist’s training before you choose them. I would imagine that you would want to find someone who is properly licensed and who has been trained in the treatment you need. My husband is looking for a podiatrist after a soccer injury so he’ll have to consider their training as well.

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  4. I agree you need a podiatrist with the right training. I would imagine that you would need to find someone who is properly trained to help take care of your foot pain. I’m looking for a podiatrist to help take care of some foot pain I’m experiencing right now so I’ll have to find someone who is properly trained.

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