A Podiatrist is trained to assess, diagnose and treat foot and lower limb problems. These may include skin and nail problems, foot and ankle injuries, foot complications related to diabetes and other medical conditions and problems with gait or walking.
Podiatrists play an important role in monitoring disease and managing lower limb issues to maintain an active and mobile population. Therefore patient demographics can be diverse, ranging from monitoring children’s growth and development, managing sports injuries, working with people with chronic disease, disability and the ageing population.
At Cobram District Health the Podiatry department provides services to clients eligible for the Home and Community Care Program for Younger People (HACCPYP), the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) or referred from their General Practitioner (GP) on a Chronic Disease Management Plan. Limited private service is also available on GP referral.
Foot Care Nurse
A Foot Care Nurse provides a toenail cutting service for low risk pensioners or health care card holders who are unable to manage their own foot care. The service is provided under the supervision of the Podiatrists. The Podiatrist may undertake the initial assessment and periodical review to ensure the client is low risk and does not require intervention by Podiatry.