Bloodflow Assessment

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Bloodflow Assessment

A Doppler test is used to detect blood flow. It shows whether a pulse is present and whether there is blood flow to a limb. It can diagnose or help to manage conditions such as peripheral arterial disease (PAD) or diabetic foot ulcer.

The Significance of Bloodflow for Foot Health

Bloodflow to our feet is one of the most critical aspects of good foot health. Bloodflow allows our feet to grow, fight infections, remove “waste” (e.g. carbon dioxide). Some patients who are high risk of poor bloodflow are long term smokers and diabetics.

Without sufficient bloodflow our ability to heal from trauma will be reduce or even inhibited. Wounds that are slow to heal are known as ulcers. These can take months or even years to heal.

Assessing Bloodflow in the Feet

As podiatrist we like to check a patient’s bloodflow by feeling for pulses, observing the colour and temperature of their feet, and look for hair and nail growth.

If we want to check the quality of the bloodflow we can also use a doppler ultrasound to listen to the strength and regularity of bloodflow.

If bloodflow is insufficient then we may need to refer for further testing and in extreme cases revascularisation via surgery may be required.

Here at Leading Edge Podiatry (formerly Complete Podiatry Blackwood), we like to check our patients foot health and educate our patients on how they can optimise their foot health to stay healthy and active.

If you would like to learn more about how we can help you contact us on 08 7120 6063 or Book Online! We look forward to seeing you at our Leading Edge Podiatry (formerly Complete Podiatry Blackwood)!

FAQ's

You don't usually need a referral from a doctor to see a podiatrist. However, DVA/NDIS, Workcover& Medicare Chronic Disease Programme patients will need documentation before their initial appointment.

NDIS patients who are on a managed plan we will need to know your Plan Manager's contact details and approval for assessment.

Workcover patients we will require case manager details and approval details for assessment.

Medicare Chronic Disease Patients (e.g. Diabetes, Heart Disease), we will require an EPC referral form.

DVA patients will need a DVA patient referral. D904 form from your GP.

Please call us on 7120 6063 for further information.

Health Insurance: Podiatry comes under “Extras cover”. Private health insurance can vary from one health fund to the next. Before booking your appointment it’s always good to check your health fund policy to determine how much cover you will receive from your private health insurer. Leading Edge Podiatry is a Bupa Members First provider.

Medicare: If you have a chronic medical condition, you may be eligible for a Medicare rebate to cover some of podiatry services under a Chronic disease management plan. Common chronic conditions include: Diabetes, High Cholesterol, High Blood pressure & Heart Disease. Please note: Medicare appointments are NOT bulk billed.

NDIS: Patients that are on a managed plan we will need your NDIS number and details of your case manager and account details. For plan managed we prepare a Service Agreement and can invoice the plan manager.

DVA: You may be able to receive podiatry services if you have a Veteran Gold or are approved for specified foot conditions as DVA White Card.

We understand that life is unpredictable and you may not always be able to make your scheduled appointment. If you are unable to make an appointment please contact our reception at least 24 hours prior to cancel or arrange for another time. Please call us on 7120 6063 or email: admin@leadingedgepodiatry.com.au
Missed appointments and appointments cancelled without 24 hours notice may be charged a consultation fee.

Your private health fund card (if applicable). Any relevant medical records, test results, x-rays, MRI scans, or ultrasounds. A list of your current medications (if you have not filled in the new patient form before arrival). Any previous orthotics or insoles and a couple of pairs of shoes if you are suffering from foot pain.

Podiatrists are experts in foot and ankle health. They are healthcare professionals who can diagnose and treat problems relating to your feet and lower limbs. They can also work with you to relieve pain, correct deformities, sporting injuries, help prevent foot conditions from occurring, as well as keep you active and mobile throughout your life.

Podiatrists play a key role in the early detection and treatment of foot problems in people with diabetes. Neuropathy (nerve damage), arthropathy (joint damage), vasculopathy (blood vessel damage), and other complications, most of which can be avoided or delayed with annual foot exams and treatment.

Yes, our podiatrist Jason Kuang is endorsed for schedule medicines. He can prescribe medicines for common foot ailments e.g.: antibiotics, antifungal, gout medications.

We do treat children of all ages, if your child is experiencing pain in their ankles or feet, it's a sign that you need to see a podiatrist. Pain isn't a normal sign of growth and it should be professionally assessed, diagnosed, and treated where necessary. Our podiatrists are very experienced in helping young children with feet issues.

At Leading Edge Podiatry, we have a limited footwear selection, including brands like Archies thongs and slides, Revere sandals.

 

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