Participating in sports such as football or basketball, or activities such as gymnastics or dancing, are the main culprits when it comes to foot fractures.
However, even a simple stumble or fall can result in this painful injury, which can sometimes be difficult to detect.
The Foot Care Professionals
Podiatrists are the foot care professionals, undertaking four years of training so that they can provide expert diagnosis, treatment and management of all concerns relating to the feet – toes, ankles, toenails, heels and lower limbs. In order to practice, they must also be registered, which entails keeping up to date on all the latest developments in the foot care field.
That’s why we recommend a trip to your local podiatry clinic if you suspect you have a fracture, sprain, or other foot injury. Most people think of going to a doctor, or hospital Emergency Department, not realising that a podiatrist is the expert when it comes to your feet.
Sadly, we often see patients at our podiatry clinic, who have already visited a GP or physiotherapist regarding a foot injury – but have not received the correct diagnosis. Often this is because they were never sent for an x-ray which would have revealed that a foot fracture was present.
You do not require a referral to visit a podiatry clinic, and just like a GP, we can give you a referral for an x-ray to determine if there is a fracture present. Currently there are no out of pocket expenses for these x-rays, as they are covered by Medicare.
Recovering from Foot Fractures
Once your podiatrist has arrived at a diagnosis, they can prescribe the best treatment and rehabilitation options – so you will be running around again in no time!
If you suspect that you may have a foot fracture, or just want some advice on another aspect of foot care, call us today on 3207 4736.