Australian Health Professionals
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, systemic disease that can affect multiple joints throughout the body, and often begins in the foot and ankle.
Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis can vary depending on the affected joint:
Podiatrists are experts in foot, ankle, and lower limb health. They can help to prevent, diagnose, and treat a wide range of conditions including ingrown toenails, heel and arch pain.
You may consider visiting a podiatrist if you are experiencing:
The cost of podiatry services can vary from practice to practice, depending on a variety of factors. Medicare rebates or private health insurance is accepted across many practices to reduce out-of-pocket expense for podiatry treatment.
It should be noted, however that Medicare does not typically cover the entire fee, and therefore you may incur any remaining costs. Private health funds accepted by a podiatry practice are usually disclosed on their website; just like Medicare, private health insurance does not cover the entire fee.
There is no requirement to supply a referral from your GP to see a podiatrist. However, if you have been referred please bring a copy of the referral letter to your appointment.
After your first appointment, your podiatrist will recommend a treatment plan for you which includes how often you should visit. The frequency and number of visitations will depend on the nature of the condition you are being treated for.
Yes, your feet can contribute to lower back pain. The pronation of your feet and ankles may cause your knees to turn inward. This can impact your hips which will affect the way you walk. If not correct, this may affect your spin, in-turn leading to lower back pain.