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How to Choose a Podiatrist

How to choose a podiatrist for your foot pain problem!

So you have suffered long enough with your foot pain problem and it’s finally time to get help! A friend, colleague or other health professional may have suggested that you go and see a podiatrist.

Now unless you receive a great referral or recommendation from someone, the first thing you will typically do is jump on Google and search for podiatrists in your area.

It’s likely that there will be plenty of options and it’s up to you to choose the best podiatrist for you.

This can be challenging!

What’s more, a poorly selected podiatrist may result in delayed treatment outcomes, greater cost to you the client, and potential feelings of disappointment and frustration.


But don’t worry you are not alone. A lot of people find it difficult to choose and compare the different options you have.

That’s why we’re here 🙂

The Foot & Leg Centre is a multi-award winning, well established clinic with 2 convenient locations in Kent Town and Glenelg. We want to make it easier for you to make an informed decision when choosing a foot health professional so that you feel more confident.


  • Ease of making your initial appointment
  • Clear diagnosis and personalised treatment plan with measurable outcomes (i.e. what the problem is and how to fix it)
  • The location, opening hours, parking, skilled practitioners, etc
  • The investment (cost)

Let’s take a closer look at these factors.


Firstly your centre of choice should have an easy to find, user friendly website. It should be simple to navigate and ideally help you to find the answers to a lot of your questions.

When you decide you’re ready to book their contact details should be straightforward to find.Receptionist Answering Phone

There should be multiple ways to book:

  • phone
  • email
  • and most importantly 24/7 ONLINE.

This will make it super easy for you to secure an appointment at a time convenient to you.

Once you have a booking you want a smooth system that:

  • Confirms your appointment, clinic location and practitioner you will be seeing.
  • Delivers a welcome email with all the forms you need to complete and the information you need to bring to your appointment.
  • You also want the clinic to confirm with you that your problem falls in their area of expertise and;
  • An SMS reminder confirming your scheduled appointment.

This process should be super easy, seamless, and enjoyable.

Along the way if you have questions then the team should be able to clearly answer them and confirm that you have chosen in right place for your problem.



When you decide to go and see a podiatrist, you will likely have a few key questions:

  1. What is my problem? (Diagnosis)
  2. What is the solution? (Recommended Action Plan)
  3. Who is the right personto help me?

You need to find a podiatry clinic that will answer all of those questions for you, on your first visit, so you can understand your problem and the best way forward.

To form an accurate diagnosis your practitioner should ask detailed questions about your past and present health. Complete a physical examination, analyse your foot posture and foot structure while you stand, and walk, and then check the range of motion of various joints in your feet and legs. Appropriate diagnostic test should also be ordered when necessary (eg x-rays).

Then your practitioner should be able to provide you with a diagnosis and a Recommended Action Plan with the goal of treating the cause and not just the symptoms.  So for starters…How to choose a podiatrist

Your practitioner should provide you with a written explanation of: 

  1. What is causing or contributing to your problem,
  2. An estimate of the costs involved, and
  3. A Recommended Action Plan that details what specific care is needed…and why.

When you walk out of your first appointment, you want to be crystal clear on having your questions answered and the way forward!


Obviously if you can find a local clinic with the right skills to meet your needs then this is fantastic.

However, in our experience, we have found that people often find it far more beneficial to drive a little bit out of their way to get the right care, experience and outcomes that they are truly looking for.

Easy access and convenient parking with before and after work appointment availability adds to the convenience.


When it comes to healthcare the most important point to consider when it comes to cost is VALUE.

It is no good if you see the cheapest podiatrist in town a couple of times, and yet don’t get the outcomes that you desire.

That is a waste of your money, time and you end up suffering longer than you should have too.

Of course paying top dollar also doesn’t always equate to the highest quality care and best outcomes for you either.

Ultimately, it’s about value.

Things to consider are:

  • The complexity of your problem
  • Are there clearly defined goals with measurable outcomes?
  • Is education around self-care and home based treatment/exercises provided to assist in outcomes, maintenance and independence?
  • Are there planned reviews and opportunity for feedback along your treatment journey?
  • How much you may be able to claim back from third parties such as private health insurance?
  • The effects of NOT getting the treatment you need?

At the end of the day you need to be comfortable with the recommended action plan and the investment required to get a solution to your foot pain problem.

We hope that by looking at these factors, you will choose the right podiatrist for you and fast track your way to a speedy recovery.



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17 Responses to How to Choose a Podiatrist

  1. Duncan Lance November 20, 2018 at 9:13 am #

    Not many people have to look for podiatrists on a regular basis, so it helps to have an idea of what to look for. I particularly like that your article recommends looking into the location and hours of the podiatrist. After all, you will want to make sure that you can easily get to your appointments on time.

    • Mike Talbot December 6, 2018 at 4:58 pm #

      Access is so important Duncan to make sure you can get the consistent help you need.

  2. Caden Dahl February 20, 2019 at 1:05 pm #

    With my feet, I’ve been having some pain as of late and I think that I really should get them looked at sometime soon. Now as you said here, it would be good to make that first appointment so that I could get them properly diagnosed. I’d just be sure to find out what kind of education the doctor has so that I could get the best care possible.

    • Mike Talbot February 23, 2019 at 2:08 pm #

      Hi Caden, It is always better to seek appropriate professional help for foot pain early as this the longer it is left the more complicated it can become. Being skilled and qualified as health professionals is vital to providing clients with the best possible advice. Our podiatry team are all fully qualified and board registered with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency) and are continually learning and growing with ongoing education to bring the best possible clinical outcomes to our clients.

  3. Dean Phillips April 2, 2019 at 9:26 am #

    I thought it was great how you said that a reliable practitioner should be able to provide your foot pain with a diagnosis as well as an action plan. My brother was playing football when he fell and injured his foot. It may be beneficial for him to seek the help of a professional podiatrist.

    • Mike Talbot April 13, 2019 at 6:56 am #

      It is always good to get professional help for foot injuries if they are not resolving. A great local podiatrist would be a fantastic place to start Dean.

  4. Absolute Footcare April 15, 2019 at 3:14 pm #

    Glad to come across this article! Thanks for being thorough on how to get a good one out of the many options in Google. I’ll surely keep these tips in mind when I’m searching in my local area.

  5. Katie Wilson May 23, 2019 at 4:22 am #

    Thanks for these tips on how to find a podiatrist. It would make sense to find somewhere that is easy to get to and who makes your initial appointment easier. My husband and I are looking for a podiatrist, so we’ll have to consider how they make their appointments first.

  6. Kate Hansen July 30, 2019 at 4:56 am #

    I like how you considered that you should consider the location when finding a podiatrist. My feet have had lots of problems for years and I’m finally deciding to look for a podiatrist. I’ll keep this in mind while I search for one.

  7. Hannah Neilson July 30, 2019 at 6:10 am #

    Thanks for these tips on how to find a podiatrist. I agree that you want to check how easy it is to make appointments first. My husband and I are looking for a podiatrist, so we’ll have to check how easy they are to work with.

  8. Jenna Hunter July 30, 2019 at 8:17 am #

    My dad has been having a lot of pain in the heel of his foot. It could be really nice to get a professional to take a look at it. Thanks for the tips about how to choose a podiatrist.

  9. Olivia Nelson August 7, 2019 at 5:54 am #

    Thanks for these tips on how to find a good podiatrist. I agree that you want to find someone who offers personalized treatment. My husband and I are looking for a podiatrist, so we’ll have to check their qualifications.

  10. Jane Burt August 21, 2019 at 1:50 am #

    I appreciate how the article explains that when you are looking for a podiatrist, you should make sure to find one that will ask you detailed questions about your health so they can be able to properly diagnose your problem. My husband has been having a lot of foot problems that is causing him a lot of pain that we want to fix. We will make sure to find a podiatrist that will get detailed information from us.

  11. Eli Richardson November 15, 2019 at 7:26 am #

    It’s awesome how this article suggested choosing a podiatrist that will ask for details about once health. My sister started exercising, but she is having a lot of ankle pain. This information will surely help her find the right podiatrist for her condition.

  12. Eli Richardson November 22, 2019 at 2:28 am #

    My sister-in-law has been fighting with pain in the ball of the feet and needs to find a podiatrist. It will be great to consider the location when finding a podiatrist, and who makes your initial appointment easier. These tips will help her choose the specialist for her condition, so thanks for the help.

  13. Houston Podiatrist June 24, 2021 at 8:13 pm #

    Good information about podiatrist, Great article!

  14. Charlotte Fleet October 6, 2021 at 5:29 am #

    I appreciate what you said about checking to see if potential podiatrists have a website that is user-friendly. My older brother has been experiencing some foot pain and is hoping to find a good podiatrist. I will help him check the website of any podiatrist he considers before hiring anyone.

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