An Initial Consultation will take approximately 45 minutes (a little longer than the time taken for a General Consultation). Your podiatrist may need to conduct a thorough taking of your child’s medical history as well as gaining all the information about the presenting complaint. In some cases the consultation may involve reviewing of any previous diagnostic tests such as x-rays or MRIs. Your podiatrist may also wish to review your child’s footwear and any additional correspondence from medical practitioners.
Dependent on the presentation, the initial consultation will typically include preliminary treatment such as in-shoe padding, strapping, nail care, education etc. Some children may be required to return for additional treatment or a Biomechanical Gait Assessment. Patients may also be referred for imaging (x-ray or MRI) or for the purchase of prescribed footwear prior to returning for follow-up appointments.