EXPERT PODIATRIST IN CANBERRA
Heel pain hurting when you first get up?
Forefoot pain slowing up your walking and running?
Painful rolling ankles causing you concern?
My name is Alex Murray, I’m a Podiatrist in Canberra, and I’m here to help.
About Alex Murray
I’m Alex Murray. I’m a Podiatrist and I help people understand and overcome their foot, ankle and leg pain through personalised treatment plans focused on getting you back to what you love.
I’m also an educator, mentor and author, helping allied health professionals from around the world, help their patients overcome foot and ankle pain.
With over 10 years experience working with people in pain, from the clinic to the sport field, casual hikers through to elite athletes, I have learnt that people do best when they understand their condition and are put in the driver’s seat empowered to take actions about their health.
That’s why my patients and I work as a team, understanding what makes them tick, and crafting a plan unique to them.
I work with clients face-to-face and through telehealth. I also provide education and mentoring to Podiatrists and Allied Health Professionals globally.
As a person and a clinician, I respect diversity and welcome patients of any race, age, religion, ability, marital status, neurodiversity, sexual orientation, sex or gender identity. I also practice using size-inclusive/HAES® principles.
Not sure where to get started on managing your foot and ankle pain?
Specific ways I can help you:
- Help you understand your pain and symptoms
- Create a treatment plan, personalised to you and your goals
- Provide treatments you’d benefit from, such as foot orthoses and simple shoe modifications, footwear advice and rehabilitation programs
- Provide recommendations about comprehensive management strategies
- Work alongside your current management team, such as your GP or Physiotherapist, or connect you with the best person for you to see
- Guide you through implementing your plan to achieve the best results
My philosophy is working with my patient, not on them.
Drawing on my knowledge as an educator and author and experience working with a wide range of patients and clinicians from around the world, I join with the patient to develop a treatment plan that can be implemented into their daily life and builds towards their life- and activity-based goals.
I create online and in-person professional development programs designed from my perspective as a clinician using my patient management experience.
This makes my programs engaging and moves them from purely theoretical to real world solutions.
Too often mentors lecture about what to do.
I work alongside clinicians, Podiatrists and other Allied Health Professionals, providing them with skills and guidance to help them through their own process of development and becoming confident practitioners with sustainable careers.
I help develop and write academic papers, sharing my insights with a wider audience and assisting with the development of future research projects.
What People Are Saying
In Australia, Podiatry is a field of allied health focused on the treatment of all conditions of the foot and ankle.
This includes pain and injury to foot and ankle, conditions related to muscles, tendons, joints, ligaments, nerves and bones, skin and nail conditions, biomechanical and gait analysis (analysing how the lower limb moves, walks and runs), dermatological conditions, diabetes, wounds to the foot and ankle and autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Podiatry is also concerned with conditions of the whole lower limb (leg, knee, shin, hip and low back), where gait (walking/running), may be contributing to the condition, or where altering movement of the foot and ankle would help reduce symptoms. For example, knee-cap pain and buttock pain.
A Podiatrist can assess, diagnose, and treat all conditions of the foot and ankle.
They have a range of assessments/tools they can use to help them diagnose a condition. These include:
- A physical examination of the foot and ankle
- Visual analysis of a patient walking / running
- A biomechanical assessment of the whole lower limb – tests to figure out how the foot, ankle, leg, knee and hip move
- Blood flow (vascular) testing
- Sensation (neurological) testing
A Podiatrist can provide a range of specific services and treatments for the foot and ankle. These include:
- Diagnosis of all foot and ankle conditions
- Foot orthotics, including completely customised devices made by taking a mould of a patient’s foot or premade orthotics
- Modify orthotics to change their function
- Repair of damaged or worn orthotics
- Provide footwear advice and prescription for specific sport/athletic footwear.
- Foot and ankle exercises
- Refer for imaging of the foot and ankle, e.g. x-ray, ultrasound, MRI etc.
- Provide medical nail care for those who have difficulty reaching their feet or have conditions such as diabetes that put them at high risk of infection if done incorrectly
- Non-surgical and surgical management of ingrown toenails
- Injection of local anaesthetics
- Removal of corns and callous (hard dead skin on the feet)
- Wart treatment
- Taking a nail or skin sample for testing
- Fungal nail treatments
- Skin condition treatment and advice
- Diabetic foot assessment
- Treatment of foot and ankle wounds
A Podiatrist can also do further training to provide more services. In addition to all the standard Podiatrist skills Alex can also:
- Test a patient’s strength using specialised strength testing equipment
- Prescribe exercises for your leg, knee, and whole lower limb
- Prescribe a strength and conditioning program design to improve performance
- Provide a return to sport plan after suffering a foot and ankle injury
A Podiatrist can treat all conditions affecting the foot and ankle using the services they’re trained to perform.
Common conditions a Podiatrist treat are:
- Plantar fasciitis (heel pain)
- Bursitis e.g. forefoot, achilles
- Achilles tendon pain
- Ankle pain
- Midfoot pain
- Knee-cap pain
- Stress fractures
- Shin splints (medial tibial stress syndrome – MTSS)
- Ankle sprains
- Joint pain (synovitis)
- Sesamoid pain
- Stiffness in feet
- Hypermobile (flexible) feet
- High arched feet
- Fungal nail infections
Chiropody is the original name given to the field of treating and foot and ankle conditions.
Originally an unregulated profession in the 60’s and 70’s, it was primarily focused on the medicalised treatment of skin and nail conditions of the foot. Over the years, it became a regulated profession and with the increased skills and experience, became known as the field of Podiatry.
Depending on the country, the term may still be used interchangeably with Podiatry, but in Australia it is generally used to refer to its original focus; the treatment of skin and nail conditions. This is compared with the larger scope the field of Podiatry has, despite the field requiring the same training as Podiatry up until it was completely replaced in the early 90’s with that label.
In Australia, a Podiatrist or Chiropodist aren’t trained medical practitioners and are not a medical specialty. In other countries like the United States, Podiatry is a medical specialty, requiring more training and affording the title Doctor. They are able to provide more services, such as foot and ankle surgery.
Podiatrists and Chriopodists in Australia can use the title doctor, but it must be made clear when used they aren’t a medical practitioner to avoid confusion. Because of this, most Podiatrists don’t use the title.
The cost of an appointment depends on the practitioner and the specific service.
At The Rehab Podiatrist, we have three different types of appointments.
- For diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle pain/injuries (muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, joints etc.)
- For diagnosis and treatment of nail and skin conditions
- For diabetic foot assessment, treatment and advice
There are also different costs if this is the first time you’ve seen the clinic for this issue, or a subsequent visit.
For foot and ankle pain/injuries
Initial appointment (1 Hour) – $230
Subsequent appointment (30 min) – $120
For nail and skin conditions
Initial appointment (30 min) – $130
Subsequent appointment (30 min) – $120
For diabetic foot assessment
Initial (30 min) – $150
Subsequent appointment (30 min) – $140
There are also other costs for specific services such as foot orthotics and ingrown toenail surgery.
You can find the fee’s located on our webpage here (https://therehabpodiatrist.com/clinic/#fees)
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My name is Alex Murray and I’m a Sports Podiatrist and Rehabilitation Coach based in
Located inside Sportscare Barton
7a/3 Sydney Avenue, Barton, ACT, Australia
Monday – Thursday: 8am-6pm