What is it?
Podiatrists are able to refer for diagnostic imaging of the foot and ankle. X-rays and musculoskeletal ultrasounds (US) are covered under the Medicare Benefits Scheme, however some private radiology clinics may have a gap fee.
Podiatrists are also able to refer for more advanced diagnostic imaging services such as computed topography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), these are not covered by Medicare when referred by a Podiatrist and the full cost will be charged to the patient.
Imaging is useful to help diagnose conditions such as fractures, osteoarthritis, tendon and ligament injuries to muscle strains. It is very useful to rule out other conditions and ensure your treatment plan is specific and appropriate to your diagnosed condition.
Your podiatrist is also able to refer for therapeutic injections to the foot and ankle. These include corticosteroid injections for painful joints and tendinopathies and advanced techniques such as radiofrequency and ethanol ablation for Morton’s Neuroma and plasma rich platelet injections for tendinopathies.