Gait Way Podiatry
Suite 2, 9 Gregor Street West, North Lakes (07) 3385 0567

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a health care professional that deals with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of specific conditions related to the foot and lower limb. Podiatrists are registered practitioners that belong to a professional body. This sets us aside from other ‘footcare’ providers such as beauty therapists. Podiatrists are expected to do continued education to maintain their professional membership.

Do I need a referral to see a podiatrist?

A referral is not required to see a podiatrist.

Is podiatry covered by medicare?

Should your Doctor deem you eligible for a care plan (EPC), the consultation is covered by Medicare. There are restrictions and limitations to these referrals and they are best discussed with your regular GP. Read for more information

Is podiatry covered by private health insurance?

This depends on your personal level of extras cover you may or may not be covered by your private health insurance.

Is podiatry covered by veteran's affairs?

Veterans are covered for Podiatry care provided they have a referral from their GP. This referral needs to be renewed annually. Read for more information

What is an orthotic and and what are they used for?

Foot orthoses are devices that are worn in your shoes that are designed to alter and correct the timing force of your body causing pathology. Orthoses are used for the treatment of various foot conditions such as Plantar Fasciitis and heel spurs. Orthoses are worn by many age groups generally starting from the age of 8.

Are orthotics covered by health insurance?

It depends on your level of health insurance. Orthoses are not covered by Medicare.

Can a podiatrist prescribe antibiotics?

No, a podiatrist can not prescribe antibiotics.

Can a podiatrist prescribe X-rays?

Yes, a podiatrist can refer for an X-ray and ultrasound.

Do we offer discounts for pensioners and health care card holders?

Yes, we do offer reduced rates for pensioners and health care card holders. Cards must be presented at the time of consultation.