SERVICES

Biomechanics

A biomechanical assessment is useful when people have:

  • Foot pain (toes, forefoot, arch, heel, ankle) either acute or chronic
  • First step pain in the morning in the arch of heel
  • Pain in feet from a rising position
  • Leg/Shin pain and other lower limb pain
  • Difficulty with balance and walking
  • Have poor co-ordination and lower limb movement
  • Have been to other practitioners and want a second opinion

Nathan would be happy to consult with you and will need to perform a biomechanical assessment on you or your family member.

A biomechanical assessment is suitable for kids and adults of all ages. No referral is required. If you have foot pain, book an appointment with
our Podiatrist Nathan today!

During the appointment Nathan will:

  • Assess foot posture and foot biomechanics
  • Perform a video gait analysis of you walking and/or running using
    quality software to accurately record, measure and assess your
    movement patterns to a higher level of detail than basic visual checks
  • Explain the alignment and function of your feet in detail using the
    video gait analysis software and clinical testing information obtained
    during the appointment
  • Interpret and analyse XRAYs, Ultrasounds, CT’s and MRI’s
  • Explain in detail how your biomechanical alignment is causing foot
    health issues and pain
  • Use 3-D foot scanning technology to capture digital foot scans
  • Create exercise programs when necessary
  • Provide physical therapies such as strapping or padding
  • Give up to date and experienced footwear advice and education
  • Prescribe orthotics to improve your foot posture and alignment
  • Refer to other health professionals when necessary (e.g. physio for
    person with scoliosis and upper body and lower limb pain).

Orthotics

The use of orthotics can be very helpful. The alignment and posture of each foot is vital. It ensures we walk, run, jump and move in the most optimal way we are able.

Foot orthotics are medical devices that can help influence and alter the foot’s forces and alignment. In doing so, their use can reduce pain in the foot, ankle, leg, knee, thigh, hip and lower back.

Booking a Biomechanical Assessment with our Podiatrist is essential as they can assess your need for foot orthotics, especially if you have foot pain or foot dysfunction.

At Northern Rivers Podiatry, we will recommend orthotics to patients if we believe they will help improve your foot health.

Types of orthotics include:

  • Off the shelf orthotic
  • Modified prefabricated orthotic
  • Custom foot orthotic
  • Brace
  • Ankle foot orthotic (AFO)

Rest assured knowing that Nathan understands orthotic therapy. He spent his university years working in an orthotic laboratory. Furthermore, in private practice, Nathan has worked with thousands of patients and used thousands of different devices to help treat people. He can use and source all of these products listed above to suit your needs.

He also has access to an Orthotist when required.

Orthotist services include:

  • Standard footwear modification (e.g. leg length differences >1cm requiring full sole raise to shorter limbs shoe).
  • Manufacture of custom footwear (e.g. adult acquired flat foot or Charcot Marie Tooth patient types).

Ingrown Toenails

About
An ingrown toenail (onychocryptosis) occurs because either one (unilateral) or two (bilateral) sides of a person’s toenail grow into the flesh at the side (sulcus) of the nail. When skin is punctured from an ingrown toenail, it can become sensitive, painful and infected. Ingrown toenails can limit your day-to- day activities and make wearing shoes difficult.

Causes:

  • Tight fitting shoes
  • Poor toenail care
  • Trauma to toenail
  • Poor foot hygiene
  • Picking at toenails
  • Toenail shape

Treatment
At Northern Rivers Podiatry, our experienced Podiatrist treats ingrown toenails by performing a minor toenail surgery under local anaesthetic. If it is necessary, a referral for oral antibiotics may be required to help clear infection prior to the procedure being performed. This is a very effective method of treatment.

Medicare

Nathan chooses to bulk bill all patients who have a doctor’s referral sent to Northern Rivers Podiatry through the Chronic Disease
Management (CDM)/Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) program. This means no out of pocket costs on this appointment type. Your doctor is the person who will determine if a referral is appropriate for you. Examples of chronic medical conditions for CDM/EPC:

  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Stroke

Clinical Podiatry- General Foot and Toenail Care

Toenail Care
A Podiatrist can provide toenail care for people who are unable to self manage their toenail trimming, have thick or poorly shaped toenails or want a professional to look after their feet on a regular basis. It is not uncommon for people to be experiencing poor health, have a disability or for many other reasons find themselves unable to self-mange their foot and toenail care. A Podiatrist follows strict infection control guidelines and provides professional toenail care services for all age groups and demographics.

Corns and Callous
People often present with hard layers of skin build up (callous), either resulting from congenital or acquired conditions. In some cases skin build up can increase further, usually on a high pressure area of the foot, around or between toes and can sometimes be quite painful with a hard centre where the pressure is greatest (corns).

Warts
Like all warts, plantar warts are caused by infection of the skin by human papillomavirus (HPV). They tend to grow on the sole of the foot but can present in other sites as well. They can be painful or cause no pain. A Podiatrist can apply treatment methods such as salicylic acid to care for warts. Ultimately, all treatments for warts rely on the patient’s immune system to recognise the wart virus proteins and to produce an immune response.

Department of Veteran Affairs

White or Gold Card veterans are welcome, an appropriate referral or D904 form is required. If you have complex foot pain or require clinical podiatry services, our Podiatrist can help you.

NDIS

Northern Rivers Podiatry is a registered provider for NDIS services.

WorkCover

Patients attending an initial consult MUST have all relevant documentation with them or they will have to pay full fee.

Public Trustee

Northern Rivers Podiatry accepts payment through Public Trustees.

Health Funds

Northern Rivers Podiatry is able to do same day claiming Private Health Fund patients through use of our HICAPS terminal.

PRIVATE HEALTH FUNDS REBATES DO APPLY IF YOU HAVE PODIATRY COVER!  

Be sure to check with your health fund insurer and know if you are covered, this is not our responsibility. Note that there are many different levels of private health insurance cover between each health fund.