I was looking for someone that could help me with my sore feet, a podiatrist near me that would accept an appointment. A Google search was talking about a Chiropodist. I tried to find one and quickly found out that a Podiatrist is the now common term in Australia for a Chiropodist.
A Chiropodist and a Podiatrist are medical professionals dedicated to studying, diagnosing, and treating disorders of the feet, ankle, and lower legs. A chiropodist is an older term, not as often used in Australia.
Suppose you are searching on Google for a professional that can help you with foot pain or discomfort. In that case, I recommend that you try to find a “local podiatrist” by entering the term podiatrist and then the suburb or location.
EG: “podiatrist leichhardt” or “podiatrist marrickville”
For general podiatry needs, the answer is probably any podiatrist in Sydney’s Inner West is capable of treating an ingrown toenail or discomfort caused by a bunion.
What if the problem is biomechanical. For a podiatrist to be able to diagnose and treat leg length difference or flat feet, plantar fasciitis, ankle, knee and back pain caused by incorrect foot alignment, they must have experience in identifying the underlining cause of the problem.
Neil Smith is a Certified Pedorthist C.Ped.Au, specialising in Orthotics and Biomechanics. Neil invented the Vertical Foot Alignment System to correct foot alignment while standing. His weight-bearing correction technique will revolutionise the procedure in place for stabilising the foot position for casting after foot surgery.
The Foot Alignment Clinic has 5 locations in and around Sydney. All 5 Foot Alignment Clinic locations use the VerticalFAS patented technology when treating patients.
Gavin Johnston is a physiotherapist with over twelve years of private practice experience. He has had a particular interest in biomechanics and postural problems. Gavin has worked in Australia, England and Austria with a wide variety of patients, including full-time athletes such as the Newcastle Knights team, Australian Ski team, national level rowers, elite ballet dancers and various rugby teams.
Beth Fechner | Experienced in Podiatry and High Risk Feet.Originally from Melbourne, Podiatrist Beth Fechner completed her studies at La Trobe University in 2008. She studied Podiatry to help people with pain and keep them active. Since commencing work with Neil and the Vertical Foot Alignment System in 2016, Beth has been able to correct foot posture within the tissue’s ability to move, therefore produce more effective orthotics.
“I had not been able to consistently achieve this when using traditional casting methods.” “
Beth is available by appointment:
Call Beth: 02 9516 3547
MARRICKVILLE CLINIC 46 Sydney St Marrickville, NSW 2204.
BARANGAROO CLINIC Shop 3, 189 Kent St Sydney, NSW 2000.
Originally from Melbourne, Podiatrist Beth Fechner completed her studies at La Trobe University in 2008. She studied Podiatry to help people with pain and keep them active. Beth has worked in Hobart and Sydney, mostly in private practice. She spent 2 years at the Royal Hobart Hospital working with “high risk feet” – people at risk of ulcers or amputation. Beth has experience working with people of all activity levels, from pre-schoolers to 90+ year olds.
If you need a Podiatrist in Sydney, and you have sore feet from winter sports or you are warming up for the running season, you may encounter some common foot problems that can be addressed in a general podiatry treatment:
-sore toenails – either from being ingrown or thickened nails from damage/fungal infection
-blisters- treatment and future management options
-callous – hard skin, which can feel like it burns with repetitive movements such as running or walking
-corns – deeper, more concentrated areas of callous that hurt and feel like you are walking on a pebble
-peeling skin or rashes
Make an appointment with Beth to get your feet fixed. It just makes sense, rather than walking in pain for long periods of time, let her help you.