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

We also offer evening appointments and no referral is necessary to attend this clinic.

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.

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Podiatry
Phone: (07) 3138 9777