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Click on to a profession in one of the segments in the schematic below to see the services which may be provided by the selected health care professional to assist patients undergoing stroke recovery.

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Trigger points for a GP referral to a podiatrist

  • Clinical diagnosis or history of falls
  • Peripheral neuropath (PN), periopheral vascular disease (PVD), pressure sores/foot ulcer
    • Biomechanical and gait analysis
    • Footwear and off-loading
    • Exercises for strengthening and balance

Trigger points for a podiatrist referral to a GP

  • Other falls risk management such as medication management, nutrition and visual disturbances
  • Referral to medical specialist

Potential treatment by a podiatrist

  • Assessment, diagnosis and management of foot ulcers, Charcot joints, with an emphasis on PN (especially motor neuropathy) diagnosis and management and falls risk
  • Wound dressing
  • Debridement of wounds and calluses
  • Off-loading wounds and/or high plantar pressure areas with orthotics, casting and wound boots
  • Biomechanical and gait analysis
  • Footwear advice and prescription
  • Podiatric foot care and diabetes education
  • Monitoring for conditions, including infection and PVD
  • Coordination and/or correspondence with the multidisciplinary stroke recovery healthcare team