What is Podiatric Surgery

Podiatric surgeons are unique, dedicating themselves to research, investigation and mastery of surgical therapeutics of the foot and ankle, exclusively.

Podiatric surgeons have a long history of leadership and innovation in the field of foot and ankle surgery around the world.

Podiatric surgeons are podiatrists who have completed extensive, post graduate medical and surgical training and perform reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle. The qualifications of podiatric surgeons are recognised by Australian State and Federal Governments. It is an approved specialty by the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency. Podiatric surgeons are included within both the Health Insurance Act and the National Health Act.

Podiatric surgeons are concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the foot and ankle. They are uniquely qualified to care for bone and soft tissue pathology of the foot and ankle, including:

  • Structural deformities – bunions, hammertoes, painful flat foot & high arched foot deformity

  • Bone spurs

  • Heel pain

  • Nerve entrapments

  • Tendon and soft tissue problems

  • Degeneration and arthrosis of the joints of the foot and ankle

  • Skin and nail conditions

  • Congenital deformities

  • Trauma-related injuries – fractures & dislocations & post- traumatic arthrosis

In Australia, Podiatric surgeons operate in private hospitals, leading a surgical team that includes anaesthetists, medical practitioners, surgical assistants and nursing and hospital staff. Patient care and safety is paramount and the surgical team works closely together to ensure each patient receives the highest quality of care and respect.

 

For more information on Podiatric surgeons, please visit: Australasian College of Podiatric Surgeons.

Podiatric surgeons have a long history of leadership and innovation in the field of foot and ankle surgery around the world.