Specialty podiatry practice
Central Health and Sports is a specialty podiatry practice that strives for professionalism and the highest quality patient care.
A specialty sports injury and shockwave therapy clinic with a passionate and enthusiastic small team determined to get you back on your feet pain-free.
Central Health and Sports provide specialist foot and lower limb care for all ages. General Podiatry such as nail and skin care, treatments for corns, calluses, ingrown toenail surgery, children’s assessment including painful heels, arch or shin pain, footwear assessment, and orthotics.
Central Health and Sports is also a specialist shockwave therapy centre where we offer gold class treatment for soft tissue injuries.
Podiatry for Paediatrics
Early assessment of children helps us identify future problems. Our team is passionate about paediatric podiatry services and will ensure your little one feels most comfortable visiting the Podiatrist, we understand coming into a clinical setting can be dauting for the children but rest assured our team of Pods have young children themselves and will make sure everyone is comfortable.
Some of the common conditions we treat in children include
- In-toeing / Out – toeing
- Severs Disease (heel pain)
- Growing pains
- Foot and ankle pain
- Instability and balance issues
- Rehabilitation from sporting injuries
- Cerebral Palsy – can result in severe gait abnormality
- Ingrown toenails
- Delayed milestones can be normal, but sometimes there is an underlying cause, we can help to identify.
- Children’s Orthotics
Understanding how the foot and lower limb functions are important in solving your pain. A biomechanical assessment is a process we undertake to understand your mechanics. We measure foot, knee and hip range of motion using a variety of techniques and instruments. Your Podiatrist will then relate these findings back to your problem and use this information to tailor a specific plan for you. This may involve custom foot orthoses, stretching and strengthening, shockwave therapy, dry needling or other prevention/ rehabilitation strategies.
A biomechanical appointment usually goes for 40-50 minutes and is a comprehensive analysis of your mechanics.
Custom and Prefabricated Foot Orthoses
The upmost precision is required when prescribing custom foot orthoses. Our Podiatrists will ensure that our custom foot orthoses specifically target any abnormalities in your gait and help to reduce any pains you may be experiencing.
Shock Wave Therapy
Shockwave therapy is a safe, powerful and effective treatment option for many injuries of the muscle, tendon and bone. It is a revolutionary medical device, that has been used in Australia for over 15 years by Orthopaedic surgeons, physiotherapists, podiatrists and other specialists.
It is a great alternative to pain medications, corticosteroid injections and surgery.
Dry needling is a modern therapy designed to ease muscular pain. Our Podiatrists will place fine needles in “trigger points” in your muscle tissue. Dry needling is also sometimes called intramuscular stimulation. Dry needling can help to reduce muscle pain and spasms.
Physical Therapy – rehabilitation for your sports injury begins with a diagnosis and an individualised program of return to sport. We will ensure each program is specifically tailored to your needs. Our goal at Central Health and Sports is to get you back on your feet pain free. Some aspects of physical therapy may include stretching and strengthening exercises, manipulation and mobilisation techniques to your injured joint.
Nail surgery is often required for reoccurring ingrown and infected toenails. Commonly referred to as a PNA (partial nail avulsion) It is a procedure carried out here at the clinic under a local anaesthetic that will permanently remove the offending piece of nail that has been causing problems.
Frequently Asked Questions
A podiatrist is a university qualified, registered healthcare professional who can assess, diagnose, manage and treat foot and lower limb conditions.
These conditions include musculoskeletal injuries, skin conditions, sporting injuries, foot arthritis, paediatric foot problems, the effects of chronic disease on lower limbs and feet along with many other injuries and ailments related to the feet and lower limbs
There is no requirement to supply a referral from your doctor to see a Podiatrist. With that said, if you have been referred, please bring a copy of the referral letter.
Yes, we regularly treat children.
Children are one of our larger patient demographics which is no surprise considering the rapid growth spurts they have and the levels of activity they participate in.
If you have diabetes it is recommended that you have your feet checked at least once a year by a podiatrist. Diabetes can lead to ulcers and other complications such as gangrene and it’s important to identify these problems early.
Private health funds do cover ancillary health services that include podiatry. Whether your cover includes podiatry will depend on the level of cover that you have with your provider. Whether you are eligible to claim back your podiatry charges will depend on the scope of your insurance coverage.
Podiatry is considered an allied health profession by the Australian government and as a consequence, Medicare rebates are generally not available for visits to a podiatrist. For patients with chronic diseases and complex care needs there may be eligibility for a Medicare rebate. For Medicare benefits to be payable for podiatry services, a patient must be referred to a podiatrist by a GP. There are frequency limits to the number of visitations available however.
Whilst we do accept Veterans Affairs claims, your coverage will depend on the type of card you have. For Veterans with a Gold Card, you will be completely covered for all podiatry services. For Veterans with a White Card, DVA will fund podiatry services if they are required because of an accepted war or service-related injury or disease. We recommend speak with DVA prior to a consultation to identify your level of entitlement. We will need a referral letter from your GP in order to claim through DVA.
An enhanced primary care program is a government that allows individuals with chronic medical conditions to receive Medicare rebates for podiatry services