“Musculoskeletal pain and injury may be a part of life, but it doesn’t need to be an ongoing part of life and it shouldn’t have to be put up with.”
Podiatry at Physio Connect is so much more than just the feet or lower limb ailments - it’s recognising that the ability to walk and move without pain and injury is a key component in maintaining a healthy and happy quality of life. We believe that you should be able to fill your days with the activities you love without being hindered by ongoing and unresolved pain. This is why we are committed to delivering a gold-standard, innovative and patient-centred service that is grounded in the latest clinical evidence and accessible to anyone in the region.
Our Podiatry team are not only highly skilled but share a genuine passion for sports medicine, biomechanics and clinical excellence. Exciting advances in podiatric healthcare are constantly being made and we aim to utilise this research from around the world to offer you effective treatments with the highest level of care right here in Auckland. The diverse needs and goals of every patient remain at the forefront of everything we do - we not only want to help you meet these goals but exceed them. We believe that healthcare should have an integrated approach, surrounding you with the right health professionals and their expert knowledge to tailor and optimise your treatment plan, outcomes and most importantly, your long-term health.
What to bring to your initial consultation
For your initial consultation, please bring with you any related medical imaging studies you may have had such as x-ray, ultrasound and MRI, any letters and material from any other health professionals you have seen that are directly related, the footwear you wear the most often during the day and for exercise, and a list of any medications that you may be taking.
Your appointment begins with a 30 - 60 minute consultation with one of our highly skilled and experienced podiatrists. This includes a detailed medical history and information collection about your concern or injury. We undertake a thorough biomechanical examination that may involve the palpation of soft tissues and bony structures, range-of-motion testing of your joints and musculature, muscle strength testing, evaluating your foot posture index, computerised gait analysis on treadmill or hard ground, footwear assessment, photographic documentation of any areas of interest, and more. Your podiatrist will inform you if any further imaging studies are required, such as x-ray or ultrasound, and if these are necessary, write the appropriate referral. From here, you podiatrist will provide and explain your diagnosis - the what, how and why - and answer any questions you may have. Following this, you will discuss treatment options and of importantly what is going to get you the best results in the best time frame. If time allows, we may be able to begin your chosen treatment immediately. We will also discuss the potential for integration with other health professionals at Physio Connect as part of our holistic and ‘whole’ approach to healthcare and long term well-being.
Injection therapy appointments
Injection therapy (ACS and PRP) is a simple process and begins with a small amount of blood being collected from a vein in the arm, exactly as if you were having a blood test. This blood is then placed in an incubator and centrifuge which spins the sample at a high speed for the required number of repetitions to achieve the concentration of proteins necessary for the type of injection therapy you are having. Any processing of the harvested blood is done in a sterile and safe environment within a biosafety cabinet. When the blood is ready to be re-injected, local anaesthetic and anaesthetic spray are used to minimise discomfort and then a round of the cytokine/platelet-concentrated blood is injected. The remaining sample is frozen and held in the clinic for up to 5 months to be used to complete the full course of treatment. Your podiatrist will discuss with you what to expect throughout the treatment, including what may help and hinder the therapy, and schedule your subsequent treatment(s).
Appointments for minor surgeries begin with some brief pre-operative checks including the blood supply to the surgical site and absence of existing infection. The surgery is performed within a sterile field and local anaesthetic is applied to numb the area. Procedures last approximately 30 minutes and typically do not require you to have any time off work. The surgical site is dressed following the procedure and you will be given a take-home bag containing materials for re-dressing the area prior to your next appointment along with clear instructions. Your podiatrist will go through the steps of your specific procedure at the time of your consultation and answer any questions you may have. Your podiatrist will advise if you require pain relief or antibiotics following your appointment. Physio Connect maintain the highest standards of care throughout our surgical procedures and use only the highest quality of surgical materials as part of our commitment to clinical excellence.
Palliative appointments (toenails, skin conditions, corns, verrucae) are scheduled for 30 minutes. Your highly skilled podiatrist will ascertain your medical history and the nature of your concern, examine your feet and provide a diagnosis where applicable. The concern is typically addressed and treated within this appointment time and any follow up appointments will be advised.