What is a Podiatrist?
Podiatry or Podiatric Medicine is a branch of medicine devoted to the study of, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle, and lower leg. A Podiatrist is a specialist qualified by their education and training to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg.
Podiatrists may refer patients for Medicare rebatable plain x-rays of the foot, leg, knee and femur, as well as ultrasound examination of soft tissue conditions of the foot. Podiatrists may refer patients for other radiology investigations such as CT, MRI or bone scans, however Medicare rebates do not currently exist for these examinations. Similarly, podiatrists may refer patients when needed to specialist medical practitioners, or for pathology testing, however similar exclusions in the Medicare Benefits Schedule prevent rebates being available to patients for these referrals.
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