Podiatry & Foot Care

At Pilbara Health Centre our Podiatrists are dedicated to providing a high level of foot and ankle care for patients of all ages. Our Podiatrist will prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate medical conditions of the feet.

In particular, Podiatrists have a fundamental role to play in identifying and managing patients at risk of developing diabetes related foot complications. Patients who are newly diagnosed with diabetes, or who have limited understanding of the impact of diabetes on their foot health, will often be referred to a Podiatrist for foot care. This is usually the first opportunity for patients to be screened for diabetes related foot complications, such as peripheral neuropathy, peripheral arterial disease, foot ulceration and Charcot neuroarthropathy.

Early and regular clinical examinations of the feet, and prompt management of common problems such as corns, calluses and blisters, can have a tangible impact on the risk of developing more serious foot complications. The management of high pressure areas and providing education regarding appropriate footwear are other fundamental aspects of foot care in patients with diabetes. National and international guidelines recommend all people with diabetes should receive an annual foot screening by an appropriately trained health professional, and Podiatrists, as foot and ankle specialists, are the primary care clinicians best placed to do this.

What we can do

  • Foot & ankle – plantar fasciitis, heel pain, flat feet, Achilles pain, ankle pain, Morton’s neuroma, rolled ankle
  • Toe pain – bunions & big toe joint pain, forefoot pain, ingrown toenails
  • Leg pain – shin pain, calf strain, foot & leg cramps
  • Knee pain – patella femoral pain, knee pain, arthritis
  • Children – Sever’s, heel pain, walking difficultly, running concerns, balance & strength
  • General foot care – blisters, callus, corns, warts, cracked heels, disorders of the toenail, diabetic foot care
  • Orthotics – prefabricated and prescription custom foot devices
  • Other – provide orthotic solutions for people of all ages and sizes around the Pilbara, medical grade footwear, fit arch supported thong options

Orthotics

Prescribed shoe inserts to improve foot function. These may be a product customised by individual assessment and digital 3D foot scan mapping.

Orthaheel

Now selling Scholl/Orthaheel footwear at an affordable price. These podiatry designed comfort footbeds are built into the shoes. Come in and see the range. Just right for the Pilbara lifestyle.


Panaceum Podiatry – The Team

Pilbara Health Centre was established in 2019. We currently have three podiatrists, working with the ICDC team and providing private patient services. We can advise you on many matters relating your feet & legs including footwear, skin care, walking difficulties and sport injuries. We stay up to date with the latest methods in podiatry and foot care treatment options and can give you the information to relieve your condition.

It is our goal to provide each of our patients with personalised care and intervention to meet their specific needs.

Lara Reynolds

Principal Podiatrist

Lara is the Principal Podiatrist, who has over 18 years’ experience working in private practice having completed her Podiatry degree at Curtin University in 2001. Lara is based in Geraldton and provides visiting services and support to the Podiatry team in Karratha. Lara has an interest in diagnosing, treating and managing chronic pain and sporting injuries. She has gained experience in dry needling and joint mobilisation therapy to compliment her knowledge of biomechanics, rehabilitation programs and orthotic therapy to treat disorders of the feet.


Suzanne Higgins

Podiatrist

Suzanne qualified as a Podiatrist in 2002 in the UK, with a Diploma in Podiatry. She moved to Australia with her husband and has obtained a degree in Podiatric Medicine. Suzanne has been committed to providing Podiatry services to the residents of Karratha for the past nine years. Suzanne enjoys all aspects of Podiatry and has particular interest working with the elderly and chronic disease. Suzanne is well regarded for her kind and compassionate nature. She enjoys living and raising her family in Karratha.


Alison Pitts

Podiatrist

Alison graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine and a Bachelor of Science (Genetics). Alison has a strong interest in diabetic foot care, wound prevention & management and community health. Alison is committed to providing evidence based podiatric care and finding the most appropriate treatment plan for each individual.