What does a podiatrist do? A podiatrist is a university trained medical health professional who specialises in the prevention, diagnosis, assessment and treatment of the feet and lower limbs. Katie’s goal is to keep your feet in the best condition they can be by identifying and fixing problems and to educate you on how to continue to keep your feet healthy.
Do I need a referral? No, you don’t need to have a doctor’s referral to visit us.
Is Katie Nilan Podiatry located on the ground floor with easy access? Yes, we are located on the ground floor for your convenience. There is a disabled parking spot located across the road for your convenience. For patients with walking aids, wheelchairs or arthritic knees there are no steps at the clinic, allowing pain–free access, in and out of the clinic.
Does Medicare cover podiatry?
You may be eligible for rebateable podiatry services under Medicare through your GP. Eligibility is dependent upon a patient presenting with a chronic condition such as diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, cancer or arthritis. This plan may entitle you for up to 5 podiatry visits a year.
Do private health funds cover podiatry?
Yes, the majority of all private health funds cover podiatry. However coverage is dependent upon your level of cover. To find out about your rebate, please contact your private health fund directly.
Do you have HICAPs?
Yes we have HICAPS at the clinic. This is an on the spot claim system that allows us to process your health fund card immediately for your convenience. This removes the time-consuming paper trail of manual claims from the equation.
Are you Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) approved?
Yes, all the podiatrists at Katie Nilan Podiatry are approved to deliver a full treatment plan for DVA patients.
Is podiatry painful?
Not at all. Katie has over 14 years’ experience working closely with patients and uses specialised, gentle treatments to make sure you are comfortable when having your feet looked at.
Do you sterilise your instruments?
Our podiatry clinic has an onsite autoclave/sterilisation unit and all sets of instruments are labelled with a unique stamp to guarantee sterility of all instruments used in treatments.
I have diabetes, how can Katie Nilan Podiatry help me?
Achieving high distinction in postgraduate university studies in Diabetes Education and Management, Katie Nilan is one of few podiatrists uniquely qualified to better help you manage your diabetes. She gained first hand experience completing her studies in the Diabetes Clinic at Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards. All our podiatrists will perform comprehensive assessments on your feet to check nerve response and circulation readings. This allows us to works alongside your GP in providing the best quality of care and treatment plan suitable to your needs.
Diabetic patients are more at risk from suffering nerve damage and loss of circulation to their feet. This can lead to higher risk of infection to feet and reduced healing of the wounds. These can cause foot ulcers. In the most severe of cases the foot ulcers may lead to amputations of the infected toes, foot and lower leg. It is estimated that 65 foot amputations are caused by diabetes in Australia every week (AIHW Diabetes, Australian Facts 2008)