Podiatry

QUT Health Clinics - Podiatry provides general foot care, diabetes management, children's foot care and orthotics and treatment for acute foot problems.

New patients attending the Podiatry Clinic are examined comprehensively by podiatry students under the direct supervision of fully qualified Podiatrists to determine your individual treatment care plan. Following initial consultation, patients may be required to return for further specialist services.

Podiatry services include:

  • General foot and nail care
  • Biomechanics and gait analysis
  • Computerised plantar pressure analysis clinic
  • Diabetes foot care
  • High risk foot clinic
  • Ingrown toe nail prevention, management and treatment
  • Nail surgery
  • Orthotic prescription and dispensing
  • Paediatrics clinic
  • Physical medicine
  • Sports clinic
  • Vascular and sensory assessment

No referral is necessary to attend this clinic. We also offer evening appointments and Saturday morning appointments (8:00am - 11:00am).

Schedule of Fees

  • Initial Consultation - $30.00 (concession $20.00)
  • Review Consultation - $20.00 (concession $10.00)

High Risk Foot Clinic

The High Risk Foot Clinic at QUT is dedicated to managing those individuals with either a current or previous foot wound or who have a high likelihood of foot infection, an admission to hospital or possible amputation.

Foot wounds can occur on any part of the foot and generally result from complications arising from chronic health issues such as diabetes. These complications arise due to a combination of factors such as poor feeling in the feet (known as peripheral neuropathy), lack of blood flow down to the feet (peripheral arterial disease) and/or foot deformity.

Did you know?

  • Rates of diabetes amputations have risen 30 per cent over the past decade and diabetes is perhaps the nation's greatest public health challenge, affecting over one million Australians
  • Australia has the second highest rate of lower limb amputations in the developed world with approximately 85 diabetes sufferers having a foot or part of their leg removed each week
  • The 3600 diabetes-related amputations that occur in Australia are almost 'entirely preventable' with the right care.

With guiding principles outlined in the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) ‘National Evidence-Based Guideline: Prevention, Identification and Management of Foot Complications in Diabetes’, the High Risk Foot Clinic at QUT Health Clinics provides a comprehensive evidence-based framework for the management of wounds on the foot.

Appropriate follow up and close surveillance of patients within this clinic is maintained to ensure that problems are detected early and treatment can occur promptly. Assessment and treatment sessions will often involve a detailed look at the feeling in your feet, the blood flow to the feet and strategies to minimise any pressure areas under your feet, and the provision of optimum wound care.

The clinic is managed by a senior podiatrist with interest and specific skill in the area of diabetes and high-risk foot management. Access is also available to an on-site vascular surgeon, wound care nurse practitioner, endocrinologist, credentialed diabetes educator, nutrition and dietetics clinic, and exercise programs as appropriate.

If at any time in the past you have had a foot wound or ulcer, an amputation or your doctor or a nurse has told you that you have lost the feeling or have a lack of blood flow to your feet, please contact the QUT Health Clinics to make an appointment at the High Risk Foot Clinic. Below is a suite of patient education material for your information.

High Risk Foot Clinic - Offloading Package

This clinic package has been developed to offer Queensland Health clients with a current or recently healed plantar foot ulcer an optimised, custom made offloading solution to offload and reduce elevated foot pressure.

Why is this important?

  • Patients with active plantar foot ulcer and patients with recently healed foot ulcers require optimised plantar pressure offloading using quantitative methods of evaluating in-shoe or in-device plantar pressure, according to international best practice guidelines.
  • To our knowledge there is a need for quantitative methods of evaluating plantar pressures for patients attending Queensland Hospital and Health Service (QHHS) facilities to encourage wound healing and prevent ulcer recurrence.

What does this package include?

  • Real-time plantar pressure measurements using an in-shoe plantar pressure system (prior to, during and after offloading adjustment)
  • The provision of a customised orthotic device which is constructed using measurements obtained through real-time in device plantar pressure evaluation and designed to reduce plantar pressure at the ulceration site by at least 30%
  • 4 consultations at QUT Podiatry Clinic for plantar pressure assessment and the provision of optimised offloading, during or immediately following foot ulceration, including review of this offloading twice after prescription
  • Collaboration and communication with referring clinician to optimise offloading and meet the offloading needs of the patient
  • NB: all wound care will be continued by the referring clinician, however, wound re-dressings will be performed at each plantar pressure evaluation by QUT staff and students.

QHHS clients

Your podiatrist may have identified the need for optimisation of your foot pressure offloading and referred you to the QUT Podiatry Clinic. Please speak to your QHHS podiatrist if you have not yet been referred but feel you would benefit from the service.

We offer foot pressure measurement and custom made offloading device solutions (orthotics) during and following the development of foot ulcers (wounds).

We will work collaboratively with your QHHS podiatrist to optimise the pressure offloading for your feet. Therefore, it is important that you attend your regular appointments with your podiatrist in addition to attending our clinic for 4 visits over 12 weeks.

We are a student-led podiatry clinic, providing real world learning opportunities for future podiatrists. There will be no charge to you for this service.

Location and Transport information

QHHS Podiatrists

Who is eligible?

  • Patients with a current plantar foot ulcer
  • Patients with a recently healed plantar foot ulcer requiring custom made offloading
  • High-risk patients requiring optimisation of offloading based on in-device plantar pressure measurement
  • Patients who can ambulate

How do I refer a patient?

  • Fill out a referral form (PDF file, 162KB) for the High Risk Foot Clinic at QUT Podiatry Clinic, and attach the most recent Queensland High Risk Foot Form and fax them to 07 3138 6812 or email to healthclinics.pod@qut.edu.au
  • Fill out a purchase request with QUT vendor details for approval. The total cost to QHHS is $250.

Contact

Podiatry
Phone: (07) 3138 9777