Julie Steele has suffered with foot pain most of her adult life, now with the help of podiatry students from the University of Newcastle Central Coast campus, the Wyee mother is back on her feet again.
The University’s Kanwal Podiatry Clinic at Wyong offers undergraduate podiatry students a chance to develop their skills in a supervised environment, and for clients like Ms Steele it offers quality care at a lower cost than the private system.
“I have suffered night time leg cramps and pain in the heel and sole of my feet for most of my adult life and have been to private and Medicare-funded podiatrists in the past,” Ms Steele said.
“I first went to Kanwal for an in-grown toenail. Now my student carer is making me some orthotics to put in my shoes and I come to the clinic for a check up about every six to eight weeks.”
October is Foot Health Month and Dr Vivienne Chuter from the University’s School of Health Sciences at the Central Coast campus, said foot problems affect people of all ages and greatly affect daily life.
“Foot pain can affect people of all ages and activity levels,” Dr Chuter said.
“At some stage, between 75 to 80 per cent of the adult population will have a foot problem and often these problems can be easily fixed by a visit to a podiatrist.”
Ms Steele said she had confidence in the care provided at the clinic.
“I like the fact the clinic is staffed by students. Not only are they keen to help and learn, everything they do is overseen by a qualified podiatrist. The service is so good, my parents who have diabetes and problems with circulation, have started going there and I encourage people to give it a go; they will get you up and moving again.”
The clinic has the latest equipment and caters for all foot and lower limb-related problems across every age group.
“The podiatry clinic is a great opportunity for staff, students and the community to access low cost, quality health care at the same time providing a fantastic learning experience for our future podiatrists,” Dr Chuter said.
Situated at Kanwal Medical Centre adjacent to Wyong Hospital, the clinic is open from 9.30am to 5.30pm on Tuesday and between 9am and 5pm on Thursday and Friday. Appointments are available by calling 02 4392 2756.
Photo and interview opportunity: A podiatry undergraduate, their qualified supervisor and Ms Steele are available for photograph and interview by appointment.
For more information: Leonie Brann, Media and Public Relations Officer, 4921 6856 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday), 4348 4139 (Tuesday and Thursday), or 0448 898 813.