In Australia, Podiatric Surgeons generally operate in private hospitals within a surgical team, which 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.
Foot and ankle surgery may be preformed as day surgery, or with an overnight stay if necessary. Surgery is performed under local or general anaesthesia. In the post-operative setting, each patient’s progress is followed closely and managed according to their individual needs and phases of recovery.
Podiatric Surgeons are uniquely qualified to care for bone, joint, ligament, muscle and tendon pathology of the foot and ankle, including:
- Painful flat foot and high arch deformities
- Bone spurs
- Heel pain
- Nerve entrapments
- Tendon and soft tissue problems
- Arthrosis of foot and ankle joints
- Skin and nail conditions
- Congenital deformities
- Trauma-related injuries
For most disorders there is more than one form of treatment, and management of foot and ankle problems may involve surgery, medicines, casts or splints and allied therapies.
Dr Kingsford will discuss with you the merits of relevant treatment options and help you select the best treatment plan to facilitate an active and functional life.