WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR INITIAL APPOINTMENT
What do I need to do before my initial consultation?
- Arrive five minutes early to fill out a new patient form. Click here if you would prefer to fill out the new patient form online before you come in.
- Bring any imaging results that you may have along with any referral documents if applicable.
- Bring your private health card along if you have extras cover so that we can swipe it on the spot and you will then just need to pay the gap.
- Wear comfortable clothing, preferably leggings or shorts so that your Podiatrist can get a good look at your hips, knees, ankles and feet during assessment.
- While we usually highly encourage the use of moisturiser on your feet daily, please refrain from applying moisturiser to your feet and ankles on the day of a Podiatry consultation so that if we need to use anything adhesive it will stick down well.
- Remove nail polish from toe nails.
What will happen during your initial consultation?
- Your Podiatrist will take a brief history. Be sure to tell your practitioner if you are pregnant or if you are taking any medications of which you think they should be aware.
- Clinical assessment which will include a biomechanical assessment either on the treadmill or on the floor. This may also include a footwear assessment, a vascular assessment and a dermatological assessment, depending on what you are presenting with.
- Initial treatment will be undertaken in your initial consult and this may need to continue in subsequent consultations, depending on your treatment plan.
- If applicable, you will be given some stretches and exercises to do at home to assist with rehab and/or prevention of symptoms reoccurring.
- If necessary, you will receive a referral for imaging and further investigation of your condition.
- In most cases, you will leave with a Management Plan, an Exercise Resource Sheet and a clear idea of the likely prognosis.
What happens after my initial appointment?
- Usually, your practitioner will give you a follow up call a few days after your treatment to see how you're going and answer any questions that you may have about the treatment.
- It is likely that you will need a review appointment.
- You are welcome to give us a call to speak to your practitioner at any time. If they are unable to take the call at the time, they will call you back at their earliest convenience.
- We are constantly trying to improve our treatment outcomes and patient experience so we highly value feedback... good, bad or anything in between!. We very much appreciate a call or an email if you'd like to pass any feedback on.
Throughout your initial consultation and beyond, your Podiatrist will be focussed on helping you achieve an active and pain-free life so that you can enjoy the activities that you love!