What is a Podiatrist, and what do they do?

A podiatrist is a university qualified allied health professional who must meet the professional registration requirements of the Podiatry Board of Australia.

Podiatrists are trained to assess, diagnose and treat foot and lower limb problems. This might include problems with the nails or skin of the foot and lower limb, injuries to the foot or ankle, or foot complications related to diabetes and other medical conditions. Podiatrists are also able to undertake an analysis of your standing and movement posture and make exercise recommendations or prescribe and provide orthotics to help correct mechanical issues.

Podiatrists play an important role in monitoring disease and managing lower limb issues to maintain an active and mobile population across the lifespan. 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.

Do I need a referral to visit Riverside Podiatry?

Most people do not need a referral to see a podiatrist, however some funding schemes require a referral from your doctor. These include Department of Veterans affairs, Workers Compensation or those people who have health conditions being managed under a Chronic Disease Management Plan. Some community health services and most hospital based podiatry clinics will require a referral from your doctor.

Your private health insurance funds may cover part of your consultation or orthotics, if required.

What common problems are treated by Riverside Podiatry?

Injuries and Pain:

  • Sprains and stress fractures
  • Persistent heel pain
  • Tendonitis
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes


  • Orthotics
  • Sports podiatry
  • Children’s Development
  • Toes pointing inward ot outward
  • Standing and walking on tip toe
  • Growing pains
  • Club Foot

Chronic Conditions:

  • High Risk Foot (related to diabetes)
  • Numbness or pins and needles
  • Poor circulation (pooling of fluid around the foot and ankle)
  • Infections and poor wound healing
  • Arthritis (including gout)


  • Blisters
  • Calluses
  • Warts
  • Corns
  • Tinea and other fungal infections
  • Cracked heels
  • Chilblains

Toe Nails:

  • Ingrown toenails
  • Thickened nails
  • Trauma
  • Infections

We’re here to help you keep your feet happy!

With Care, Respect & Compassion