Adelaide’s Experienced Podiatrists

Our highly skilled podiatry team offer a range of management strategies for foot, ankle and leg problems affecting people of all ages. We are able to address these issues using exercise programs, strapping, dry needling, mobilisation, orthotics, and ongoing advice and education. Our podiatrists are also able to provide general foot care, including routine skin and nail management, as well as diabetes assessments and education.

We work closely with our orthopaedic surgeons, physiotherapists and exercise physiologists to provide an all-round approach to management and keep our patients moving forward.

Areas of interest include:

  • Pre-operative assessment’
  • Sports injuries
  • Post-operative rehabilitation
  • Children’s and adolescent podiatry
  • Complex cases
  • Falls prevention.

Contact

Our podiatrists are available at the below sportsmed locations. To make an appointment or enquiry with one of our podiatrists, contact the location directly or email podiatry@sportsmed.com.au.

Stepney Healthcare Hub08 8130 1222
Monday – Thursday: 7:30am – 8:00pm
Friday: 7:30am – 7:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 12:00pm

Blackwood08 8130 1181
Monday: 8:00am – 7:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am – 7:00pm
Thursday: 8:30am – 6:30pm
Friday: 8:00am – 7:00pm

Henley Beach 08 8130 1128
Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 8:30am – 12:00pm

Morphett Vale – 08 8130 1110
Monday – Thursday: 8:30am – 7:00pm
Friday: 8:00am – 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:30am – 11:30am

Normanville – 08 8558 3834
Thursday: 9:30am – 5:00pm

You can find out more about our podiatrists near Adelaide, their special interests and consulting locations by visiting their profiles below.

Foot Health

Download below an informative Foot Health fact sheet from the Australian Podiatry Association that looks at the main causes of foot and lower limb pain and the best course for treatment. Watch the video too which highlights the importance of good foot health.

Foot Health fact sheet_2018

Prevention

Our podiatric surgeons in Adelaide can provide the following preventative initiatives:

  • Individual assessments and patient specific programs developed and implemented for balance and strength development, with particular focus on feet and lower limbs.
  • Dance assessments to screen particularly pre-point dancers to identify their strengths and challenges.
  • Falls prevention and balance classes in conjunction with our exercise physiologists.
  • Footwear assessment and education help patients to make informed choices as to the most appropriate footwear for their foot type and specific activities. We work closely with leading footwear experts and fellow locally owned and operated organisation, JoggersWorld, to provide a specialist, custom shoe fitting service to the South Australian community.
  • Gait assessments help to identify compromising gait patterns.
  • General foot care education includes offering information from basic hygiene to self-care practices, possible podiatry interventions to potential referrals to other medical specialists.
  • Condition specific foot care education to help minimise foot and lower limb complications.
  • Vascular and neurological assessments of the feet and lower limbs.
  • Ongoing general foot care, maintenance and treatments to help maintain optimal foot health and condition.

Treatment

With a wealth of experience and knowledge coupled with the latest innovations in patient technology, our podiatrists provide the most appropriate and comprehensive treatment options available for foot and ankle conditions.

  • Treatment plans suited specifically to the individual patient to ensure optimal outcomes in a timely manner.
  • Pre and post-operative management of foot and ankle conditions, working closely with our Foot and Ankle Surgeon Dr James Clayton.
  • Experience and skills that can help the following patients:
    • Children
    • Adolescents
    • Athletes of all standards
    • Dancers
    • The active elderly
  • Management of routine type foot care for all ages and patients including those with workers’ compensation and third party claims.
  • Foot and Ankle Clinic for patients with complex foot and ankle conditions to have their case reviewed and appropriately treated by a multidisciplinary team of sportsmed practitioners.

Rehabilitation

In the near future, our foot and ankle surgeons along with our podiatry team will co-exist in a new ‘foot and ankle wing’ of the Stepney Healthcare Hub to improve the patient rehabilitation process. A similar service offering will be available at all podiatry locations.

  • Streamlined foot and ankle post-operative reviews due to the changes in clinic environment and shared spaces.
  • Podiatry team intending to manage early foot and ankle post-operative wound and dressing requirements allowing clear and concise messaging to the post-operative patient by reducing multiple visits.
  • The change in clinic set-up will allow clearer and more efficient communication between surgeon and podiatrist.
  • Working closely with Adelaide Occupational Medicine and Occupational Physician Dr David Cullum to ensure best practice in rehabilitation for workers’ compensation patients.
  • Using the latest advancements in mobility devices, orthotics and braces – both customised and generic – to allow efficient and evidence-based return to normal function.
  • Podiatry based intrinsic foot muscle programs to ensure optimal return to function, and assisting in the future health and mobility of the patient.

Our podiatrists

Foot and Ankle Clinic

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 Surgeon Dr James Clayton, 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.

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

At sportsmed, 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.