Sports Injury Management

What is sports injury management?

Australia is a sporting nation. And with all that activity comes injury from impact, overuse, or force greater than the threshold of the body’s structure.

The 2 types of sports injuries are acute which occur suddenly, such as sprains, strains, and fractures. The other type of sports injury is chronic, and this is the result of continuous overuse or impact of muscles, joints, tendons, or ligaments.

Whether acute or chronic, pain should not be ignored as it often leads to more serious conditions that could be avoided.

Why do I need sports injury management?

People get injured all the time, but often, many people push through the pain and leave their injuries untreated. If the injury happens to be a bone break, sprain, or ligament damage, leaving them untreated can lead to more serious health consequences.

The compounding effects of these untreated injuries can be avoided by seeking medical attention from a professional.

What can I expect from the SIM treatment?

During the initial consultation, the injury will be assessed, and a need determined for imaging including x-ray, ultrasound, and MRI. Once a diagnosis is made a treatment plan and rehabilitation program are designed.

Treatment modalities include the use of weight relieving Cam walkers, Shockwave therapy, exercise programs and orthotics.

Prevention is best determined by looking at all factors that can be changed and may have contributed to the injury. These can include appropriate footwear, training methods, poor foot mechanics and muscle tightness and weakness.

A rehabilitation program will be designed using Physiapp. The patient receives the program on this app which enables video demonstration of the exercises and the ability to log and track progress.

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Frequently asked questions

What is a podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a university qualified, licenced healthcare practitioner who can assess, diagnose, manage, and treat diseases affecting the feet and lower limbs.

Do you need a referral to see a podiatrist?

A doctor's referral is not necessary to see a podiatrist. Although if a doctor has referred you please make sure you bring a copy of the referral letter to your next appointment.

What can you expect from your first podiatry appointment?

Your initial appointment at Feet First Podiatry will last 40 minutes. This time gives your podiatrist the chance to carefully examine you, comprehend your needs, and appropriately diagnose your condition.

During this session, we will also create a thorough treatment plan that will help you to reach your objective as quickly as possible.

How often do you need to visit?

The frequency and number of visits will be determined by the nature of the condition being treated. Both treatment and general foot care can vary greatly, but following an initial visit, your podiatrist will be able to give you with a framework.

Can I claim my podiatrist appointment on private health?

Private health insurance does cover health treatments such as podiatry. The amount of coverage you have with your provider will determine whether or not your coverage includes podiatry.

We have a Hicaps card machine at the clinic, which means that if you bring your private health card with you to your visit, we can scan and claim from them on the spot.

What form of payment do you take?

We take all Visa and Mastercard credit cards, HICAPS, cash payments, and AMEX.

Can a podiatrist help diabetes?

If you have diabetes, it is suggested that you have your feet evaluated by a podiatrist at least once a year. Diabetes can cause ulcers and other complications such as gangrene, and it is critical to detect these issues early.

Do you treat children?

Yes, we do treat children on a regular basis. Children make up a sizable portion of our clientele.

Does Medicare cover podiatry?

The Australian government considers podiatry to be an allied health profession, and as a result, Medicare rebates are often not available for visits to a podiatrist.

A Chronic Disease Management Plan (EPC) is accessible for people with chronic conditions who require complex management. This government-sponsored program enables people with chronic medical issues to earn Medicare refunds for podiatrist treatments. Consult your doctor to check whether you are qualified.

What should I bring to my appointment?

Please bring any referrals or letters from doctors, past x-rays or scans, and a current list of medicines if relevant. Any previously issued orthoses, as well as any footwear you often use, are also quite beneficial.

Are you open any evening hours?

Yes we are! Our open hours during the week are:

Opening Hours:
Mon – 8:15 am to 5:00 pm
Tue – 8.30 am to 6:00 pm
Wed – 8:30 am to 8:00 pm
Thu – 8:30 am to 7:00 pm
Fri – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

With Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday catering to those who work.