What is Podiatric Surgery?
Podiatric surgeons are unique, dedicating themselves to research, investigation and mastery of surgical therapeutics of the foot and ankle, exclusively.
Podiatric surgeons are podiatrists who have completed extensive, post graduate medical and surgical training and perform reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle. The qualifications of podiatric surgeons are recognised by Australian State and Federal Governments. It is an approved specialty by the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency. Podiatric surgeons are included within both the Health Insurance Act and the National Health Act.
Podiatric surgeons are concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the foot and ankle. They are uniquely qualified to care for bone and soft tissue pathology of the foot and ankle, including:
- Structural deformities, including bunions, hammertoes, painful flat foot and high arched foot deformity
- Bone spurs
- Heel pain
- Nerve entrapments
- Tendon and soft tissue problems
- Degeneration and arthrosis of the joints of the foot and ankle
- Skin and nail conditions
- Congenital deformities
- Trauma-related injuries, including fractures and dislocations and post- traumatic arthrosis