Bunions, foot ulcerations and corns are not often spoken about in polite company, but Southern Cross University pedorthics students will make them front and centre at a fortnightly clinic dedicated to helping people get back onto their feet.
The University’s Gold Coast campus has become the first in Australia to offer student-led pedorthics appointments to the public, for an affordable fee.
Every second Thursday from May until September, Southern Cross University Health Clinic pedorthics students will conduct comprehensive assessments of foot conditions with professional supervision, and will offer solutions such as manufacturing footwear, orthosis and supportive devices.
The clinic will enable students to work directly with clients, implementing their learning from practical placements and the classroom, then building multiple appliances in state-of-the-art labs.
Pedorthists are health professionals who assess for, prescribe and manufacture medical-grade footwear which includes customising pre-made footwear and designing and manufacturing custom-made footwear, orthoses, and bracing for the foot, ankle and lower leg for clients.
Southern Cross University are calling for anyone with foot conditions which require specialised footwear or appliances to book an appointment. Anyone with diabetes which affects their feet, bunions, rheumatoid arthritis in the foot, amputations, misshapen or deformed feet or feet which are very difficult to fit would be ‘the right fit’ for this clinic.
Pedorthics initial assessment appointments cost $40, subsequent consultations are $20 and can be made by calling 07 5589 3252. Footwear and appliances will have additional costs.
Southern Cross University Health Clinic offers student-led appointments across a range of disciplines, including osteopathy, exercise physiology, speech pathology, as well as podiatry and pedorthics.
Image: Pedorthics and podiatry student, Christie Owen