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Podiatrists

Podiatrists are healthcare professionals who diagnose and treat conditions of the feet and legs. They also help rehabilitate people after injuries or surgery that affect their feet and legs.

How do I find a podiatrist?

You can find a podiatrist by searching your area on the Podiatry New Zealand website.

What qualifications do podiatrists have?

Podiatrists in New Zealand are educated to degree level (Bachelor of Health Science in Podiatry), but many podiatrists also hold post-graduate qualifications in related areas. They must also be registered with the Podiatrists Board of New Zealand and hold a current annual practising certificate.

When should I see a podiatrist?

You can see a podiatrist with any foot, leg, or related problems, including ACC injuries.

For example:

What do podiatrists do?

Podiatrists diagnose and treat conditions of the feet and legs. They also help rehabilitate people after injuries or surgery that affect their feet and legs.

The treatments are wide ranging, from a simple removal of a painful callus from your foot to minor surgery for an ingrown toenail.

For movement problems or sports-related issues, your podiatrist may provide some exercises, footwear advice, or supply you with a pair of foot orthotics to fix the way your feet and legs move.

Where do podiatrists provide their services?

Podiatrists mostly work out of private podiatry clinics or within larger health clinics. For example, your podiatrist may be located within a physiotherapy clinic or your general medical practice.

If you qualify for publicly funded care (see below) you may see a podiatrist in a community or outpatients clinic.

Is treatment funded or do you have to pay?

The cost of your first visit can range from $45 to $90, but follow-up visits usually cost less. Orthotics can cost anywhere from $75 to $500 depending on the type and the materials used.

In some circumstances you may qualify for publicly funded care from a podiatrist (you won't have to pay). These include:

ACC

ACC might pay part of the cost of your podiatry care if it results from an injury. It may also pay part of the cost if you have an ingrowing toenail that needs surgery, and which is the result of an injury. However, you need to make sure that your podiatrist is registered with ACC (not all podiatrists are).

Private health insurance

If you have health insurance it may cover care from a podiatrist. Check with your insurer to find out whether you are covered, and whether you need a referral from your GP.

Compiled by Canterbury podiatrists. Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Updated August 2016.

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