Frequently Asked Questions
What does a podiatrist do?
A podiatrist specializes in diagnosing and providing treatment for the foot and lower limb related conditions. Here at SportsMed we treat general and sports related podiatry issues. Patients seek treatment for many different injuries and conditions including: Ingrown Toenails, Verrucae Pedis, Plantar Fasciitis, Callus, Sever’s Disease, Sesamoiditis, Neuroma, Cuboid Syndrome, Calf Strains, Ankle Sprains, Achilles Tendonitis, Shin Pain, Knee Pain and Low Back Pain. For more information on these conditions click here.
Why sports podiatry?
Here at SportsMed we treat general and sports related podiatry issues. Sports podiatry focuses on sporting injuries and conditions that athletes regularly present with. These issues, which also affect non-athletes, include Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendonopathy and Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome.
We also specialize in conditions affecting children such as Sever’s Disease and Osgood Schlatters Disease. Sometimes systemic issues such as Diabetes Mellitus and arthritic conditions can affect your ability to exercise and we are able to assist you to move effectively with less pain.
Sports podiatry can benefit all people from elite sportspeople to the non-sports person. While the bio-mechanical principles are the same, we provide individualized care specific to your needs and goals. Our results are so great, that the team at SportsMed regularly treat New Zealand’s top athletes!
How long are the appointments?
Most of our podiatry appointments are between 20 and 30 minutes in length. Sometimes we make longer appointments if we need to provide more investigative tests e.g. pressure plate analysis, or plaster casting. We will let you know at your initial consultation if this is required.
How much does an appointment cost?
Prices vary depending on what the treatment is, how long it lasts and whether you need orthotics or other support materials or services. Our podiatrists will explain and make sure you agree with your treatment plan with you before commencing.
What services and products do you provide?
We help with orthotic devices, palliative care, finding the right shoe and footwear prescription, strapping, kinesiotaping, shockwave therapy, nail surgery, strengthening and stretching, bike set up, cycle analysis and running techniques, PODBB Biomechanical Assessment for dancers. More on these treatments here…
What happens at the appointment?
Your podiatrist will provide a thorough injury examination which includes any necessary strength and specific functional tests e.g. hopping and gait analysis. We then provide you with a diagnosis and discuss the best personal treatment plan. Your treatment plan may include recommendations such as new footwear, taping, exercises, fitting orthotic devices, or modifying your running technique. Click here to learn more about the podiatry equipment we use.
What should I wear to the appointment?
You should wear or bring a pair of shorts for us to assess your lower limbs. Also bring any footwear that you think we may need to see such as excessively worn shoes, shoes that you feel pain in, and specific sports footwear.
Do I have to book in advance?
It is best to book appointments in advance but if your injury is acute then let our friendly reception team know and we will try and fit you in on the day.
Does ACC cover appointments?
ACC will usually pay a portion of each podiatry consultation fee for most accident-related injuries. Unfortunately this is not the full consultation fee and the patient will need to pay a small surcharge difference. At your initial consultation, your dedicated podiatrist will explain exactly what is/is not covered by ACC dependent on your injury and the type of treatment required.