In a first for South Australian healthcare, sportsmed provides patients with challenging foot and ankle conditions the chance to have their case reviewed by a dedicated team featuring our foot and ankle surgeons, podiatrists and physiotherapists. The panel of experts work together to solve these complex cases.

The revolutionary clinic, which is the first of its kind in South Australia, began in 2011 and has since helped many patients to understand their problems and receive the appropriate treatment to assist them in making a full recovery.

The innovative concept was born out of “corridor meetings” between practitioners at sportsmed who found themselves regularly swapping advice with one another on how to treat challenging cases. Practitioners soon realised that by formally structuring a clinic they would be able to offer patients access to a group of experts and provide an improved service.

Principal Podiatrist Nigel Rowe, believes the unique multidisciplinary structure of sportsmed enables practitioners to work together to achieve the best outcomes for patients.

“The concept when we started sportsmed over 25 years ago was to create a one-stop shop for patients and due to that it was a natural evolution to create a multidisciplinary clinic that can provide patients with a service not offered before in SA,” he said.

“These are patients who have usually been suffering for some time and have yet to find a treatment that works. Having that ability to sit down with a number of experts and discuss their needs is very welcomed.

“Through cross-dialogue and cross-collaboration we learn from each other and can come up with a management plan that we feel is appropriate and can produce the best outcomes. It’s really valuable, both from a practitioner and patient perspective.”

The Foot and Ankle Clinic meets each month and involves up to ten practitioners. Orthopaedic surgeon fellows and final year podiatry students on placement are also invited to attend in an effort to share knowledge and encourage education within the industry.

At each meeting, typically three patients will meet with the team at Stepney to have their case examined. This includes looking at the history of the problem, analysing past instances and cases of similar conditions, viewing treatment records and inspecting imaging such as x-rays and ultrasounds.

The three-hour process is rounded out by patients undergoing a physical and hands-on assessment. This is all done at no cost to the patient.

Contact

Our Foot and Ankle Clinic team consult from the Stepney Healthcare Hub. If you would like more information about the clinic or wish to make an appointment with one of the practitioners, contact 08 8362 8122. Patients require an assessment before they can access the Foot and Ankle Clinic.

Foot and Ankle Team

Conditions

We specialise in preventative care, treatment and rehabilitation for a range of ailments, injuries and conditions of the hip, knee, foot, ankle, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand. Our fact sheets are designed to provide you with a brief overview and basic understanding of the range of ailments, injuries and conditions relevant to the upper and lower limbs.

Learn about condition symptoms, non-operative and surgical treatment options, risks and complications, recovery times, and much more. Please keep in mind that treatment methods and outcomes vary from patient to patient. Each individual patient has specialised requirements that may be different to the information provided on the fact sheets.

Make an appointment

Our podiatrists are available at the below sportsmed locations with appointments available Monday to Saturday. To make an appointment with one of our podiatrists, contact the location directly or email podiatry@sportsmed.com.au. A GP referral is not required.

All patients including private health members, uninsured, workers’ compensation, DVA, third party and public liability patients are welcome at sportsmed.

Day of appointment

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your allocated appointment time. Our staff will provide you with the appropriate paperwork required to be completed before the consultation with your practitioner.

Our podiatrists understand that the cause of the problem and an accurate diagnosis is the key to effective treatment, therefore every patient will undergo a thorough and comprehensive assessment process. We aim to work in conjunction with our patients to develop individual treatment plans that are effective and relevant to their condition. When necessary, advanced diagnostic tools including x-rays (available onsite at Stepney) and computerised gait analysis will be used.

Should you require the combined skills of other sportsmed practitioners to help reach an appropriate diagnosis, such as one of our physiotherapists and/or our Foot and Ankle Surgeon, we will assist you in this process and liaise with them to provide you with the most appropriate and effective management plan for your needs. Our podiatrists will be more than happy to consult with your own existing medical professionals to ensure your management plan is consistent and free from confusion.

What to bring to your appointment

For your podiatry appointment, please ensure you bring the following with you:

  • Sports and casual shoes that show wear patterns
  • Current orthotics (if applicable)
  • Medicare card
  • Private health insurance card (if applicable)
  • DVA card (if applicable)
  • Claim number (workers’ compensation and third party patients) and contact details for your case manager*
  • Any relevant x-rays, scans and/or medical reports.

*Workers’ compensation and third party patients must have a current claim and approval from their case manager to attend. In the event of a claim not being accepted, the patient is personally responsible for any costs incurred.

Financial information

For podiatry consultations, please bring along your private health insurance card or relevant documentation (workers’ compensation, DVA, third party etc.), if applicable, and Medicare card to ensure your claim can be processed at the time of consultation.

All private health funds and patients including uninsured are welcome at sportsmed. Some health funds may cover a percentage of the cost for podiatry services, however we recommend you check your level of cover with your private health fund to know exactly what you are entitled to for each consultation and the gap you may be expected to pay. Any gap payments are expected to be settled on the day of consultation.

You can claim a rebate under a Chronic Disease Management (formerly Enhanced Primary Care or EPC) program which must be obtained via a GP referral. There is criteria to meet to qualify for the program and it is only available to patients with chronic or terminal medical conditions (present for six months or longer).

We provide onsite HICAPS and ask that all accounts are settled on the day of consultation via EFT, Visa Card, Mastercard, cheque or cash.

Cancellation policy

We understand your time is valuable. All of our practitioners endeavour to run on schedule and your punctual attendance will assist this. Please feel free to ring us 30 minutes prior to your appointment to confirm if your practitioner is running on time. Should you arrive late for your appointment your practitioner will do their best to provide you with your full treatment time, but in rare instances, appointments may need to be rescheduled.

We do ask that you contact us and give at least 24 hours notice should you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment. Regular cancellations or cancellations with less than 24-hour notice may incur a cancellation fee.