How a Podiatrist Can Help You If You're Disabled

If you have a disability and are dealing with a foot or leg problem, then you might need to see a doctor. Specifically, you may need to see a podiatrist who specialises in providing care for people who are suffering from foot and leg injuries and disabilities. How a podiatrist will be able to help you will depend on the specific health challenges that you face. Some examples of ways that podiatrists often help disabled individuals can be found below.

Helping You Get Approved for Disability

Some people are disabled and unable to work for many reasons. If you have serious problems with your feet or legs, for example, then you might not be able to get around easily. Because of your mobility issues and the pain that you might deal with, you may not be able to work a full-time job or you might not be able to work at all. You might still be in the process of applying for disability, and you may need to have proof of your disability in order to get approved. Your lawyer can give you more advice about what you need to do, but you might find that they will recommend you see a podiatrist. If the podiatrist diagnoses you with a disability that is related to your feet or legs, this could be one step that can help you with getting the disability approval that you need.

Being Covered By the NDIS

If you have already been approved for disability and are already covered under the NDIS, then you might be looking for a doctor who can help you with your foot and leg issues without you having to pay out of pocket. As long as you choose an NDIS podiatry provider, then the cost of seeing them should be covered by the NDIS.

Helping You Regain Mobility

As a disabled person who might suffer from mobility issues, you might have found that your day-to-day life has been seriously impacted. It's possible that getting surgery done could help you regain mobility. Physical therapy, using mobility aids or other things could help with this, too. Your podiatrist should be able to give you an idea of whether or not you will be able to regain mobility and should help you with this as much as possible.

Helping You Get Rid of Pain

One of the worst parts of dealing with your disability might be dealing with the pain. Surgery, physical therapy, special footwear or pain medication—or a combination of all of them—could be recommended by your podiatrist to help you get rid of your pain, or to at least make it more manageable. 

For more information, contact a local NDIS podiatry provider