What can I do if my preferred appointment time is unavailable online?
Not all available appointments are listed online. If you can’t find a suitable appointment, give us a call or send an SMS and we will find a time that suits you.
What do Podiatrists treat or do?
Podiatrists are qualified to diagnose, treat, rehabilitate and prevent conditions of the feet and lower limbs. Our focus is to relieve pain and keep people mobile and active.
What do I need to bring to my appointment?
Please bring your everyday footwear ie school, sports, work or house shoes (this includes thongs or slippers if that is your main footwear). Also bring any in shoe devices you have such as orthoses, inner soles and toe wedges.
Does a podiatry treatment hurt?
No. At the First Step our podiatrist is experienced and gentle. For the treatment of ailments such as ingrown toenails, a local anaesthetic can be administered where required.
Do I need a referral to see a Podiatrist?
No. You do not need a referral to book an appointment with a podiatrist. However, your G.P may issue a referral, or recommend you see a podiatrist as part of your overall health plan.
Are there Medicare rebates for Podiatry services?
If you have a valid ‘Chronic Disease Management Plan’ allocated to podiatry from your doctor, then Medicare will partially cover your treatment. If you are unsure if your condition qualifies, speak with your G.P.
Can I claim Podiatry under my Private Health Insurance?
Yes! Your rebate amount will depend on your fund and level of cover. Please contact your health fund to determine how much you will get back from a consultation with First Step Podiatry.