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Why Our Melbourne Podiatry Clinic?

Long Appointments

All our appointments are a minimum of 30 minutes to ensure that we can provide thorough diagnoses and treatment of your foot problems.

Convenient Location

Easy to find on Nepean highway, with off street parking in Medical One (via Sari lane) and plenty of additional parking in the service road.

Claim on the spot

Claim your Private Health Insurance and Medicare rebates on the spot with our friendly reception staff. Our clinic has HICAPS and Eftpos facilities.

Support the community

We support our local community through the sponsorship of the Hampton Cricket Club and Cheltenham Football Club.

We Treat Patients


A bunion is a bony mass or bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. Bunions can form when your big toe pushes against your next toe, making the joint of your big toe to get enlarge and stick out.

Flat Feet

Flat feet can cause people to experience foot pain in the arch and heel area. Exercise can exacerbate pain and even ankle swelling can occur as a result.

Foot Pains

From plantar fasciitis to flat feet to calluses and beyond, there can be many different reasons why you are experiencing foot pains. Foot pains can be caused by injury, overuse or other conditions which cause inflammation to your lower limbs.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are a common condition where a part of a toenail grows into the skin. Ingrown toenails can be incredibly painful and can present with swelling, bleeding, redness and in some instances infection.

Plantar Fasciitis

One of the most common causes of heel pain in patients is Plantar fasciitis. Some patients describe the pain of Plantar fasciitis as like they are being stabbed in the bottom of their feet.

Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are also quite common. They are caused by an infection of the skin by human papillomavirus (HPV). When they’re on your feet they can be quite painful and should be treated quickly.

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Our Podiatrists

Oliver Tate

Oliver graduated from La Trobe University in 2014 having completed his Masters of Podiatric Practice. He has since spent most of his time in private practice, where he enjoys helping people stay happy, healthy and active by managing their foot health.


He has a particular interest in exercise and strength-based rehabilitation, Shockwave Therapy, load management, footwear modifications, orthoses therapy and injection therapies for foot and ankle injuries.


Oliver keeps up to date on current research through his membership with the Australian Podiatry Association, affiliate membership with the Australian College of Podiatric Surgeons and regularly attends professional development seminars. He has completed his Endorsement for Scheduled Medicine and has ambitions of completing his surgical fellowship.


He is a keen sportsman, playing football for Geelong in the VFL, and also enjoys going to the Gym, playing Cricket, Golf, Tennis and Snowboarding. He has spent time in Niseko, Japan as a Custom Ski Boot Fitter, converted a campervan which he loves getting away in and will regularly head down to Ocean Grove to see his family.

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Josh Rickard-Ford

Josh joins the team after relocating from NSW bringing valuable experience to the team.


Josh previously worked at two well-established clinics in Sydney, honing his skills in across a wide variety of client pathologies and injury presentations.


Josh has a special interest in biomechanics, sports injuries and chronic pain conditions, which he has developed as a result of suffering multiple injuries himself, including having two ankle reconstructions.


With this experience and knowledge, Josh enjoys creating comprehensive management plans for his clients that focus on reducing pain, restoring movement and improving function long term.


Josh also has over 10yrs experience in shoe expertise having worked with Rebel Sport and Brooks Running.


Outside of work, Josh loves Rugby, Cricket, Golf and Fishing, and is a big fan of the Sydney Roosters in the NRL, Sydney Swans in the AFL and New England Patriots in the NFL.


As well as a Bachelor of Podiatry from the University of Newcastle, Josh also holds a Bachelor of Applied Psychology from the University of Notre Dame, which aids in thoroughly understanding each clients perspective and individual needs.

Josh Rickard-Ford


Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Podiatrist?

A Podiatrist is a health care professional who specialises in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of local and systemic conditions affecting the lower limbs. Melbourne Podiatrists are registered practitioners who can diagnose foot and lower limb conditions, refer for diagnostic imaging modalities, and prescribe a variety of treatment interventions. Podiatrists undergo extensive training that includes clinical and theoretical classes in order to turn them into highly skilled professionals. Podiatrists use special equipment to detect patho-mechanical anomalies, this enables them to ensure appropriate and effective treatment is provided. They use biomechanics of the foot to prescribe special footwear, orthotics, and prosthetics to help correct foot imperfections, and leg structure and function. Podiatrists also care for various sports-related injuries, such as shin splints and stress fractures.

What Causes Foot Pain?

The foot is a very complex structure and therefore can become sore for a variety of reasons. Common causes of foot pain include sports injuries, poorly fitted shoes, health problems and trauma. They can be a combination of many predisposing factors or an effect of a single cause. The day to day stresses on the foot can be aggravated by various environments and conditions such as in workplaces and in sports. Poor biochemical alignment, ill-fitted, or inappropriate footwear can also lead to foot discomfort.

What do Orthotics do?

Orthotics are inserts placed into your shoes to help treat an acute injury or assist in the ongoing management of a chronic foot condition. Functional Foot Orthotics are designed by your podiatrist to control the movement of your feet and re-distribute forces around the foot and lower leg. By manipulating the forces, we aim to reduce the load on the musculoskeletal structures of the foot, better allowing them to function within their optimal range and below their threshold for injury.

Why are Your Feet so Important?

We begin by taking baby steps, and then we learn to walk, run, skip, hop and jump every single day of our lives. Healthy feet are important to everyone, irrespective of age, for your overall health and well-being. At some point in life, most people will experience some type of foot problems. Your foot problem(s) could be something as simple as a blister, or as major as a structural injury affecting your muscles and bones. However, most people with foot ailments do not seek appropriate medical attention that could provide relief to the pain. There can be several causes for foot problems, such as improper foot care, poorly fitting shoes, poor muscle strength or flexibility, posture related problems, and genetics. A Podiatrist can help regardless of the cause of your ache, pain, and burning, or throbbing pain. A Podiatrist is a medical professional who specializes in medical and surgical care for those with foot, ankle, and leg problems.

Preventing Foot Pains and Problems

Podiatrists are not limited to diagnostics and treatments of foot ailments; they are also a valuable source of information on how to prevent a variety of foot conditions, and how to keep your feet healthy. In other words, Podiatrists advise patients on how to prevent foot problems and keep their feet healthy. Podiatrists in Melbourne can help keep older people active by continuously maintaining and managing their feet. Some of the most commonly treated foot problems in elderly people include soft tissue disorders, toenail and skin problems, and arthritis.

Treating Foot Abnormalities in Children

Podiatrists are able to diagnose and treat foot complications in children through a careful examination of the food and lower limbs. The examination allows the podiatrist to provide information on how to prevent or reduce the food deformity, which often does not develop until the second decade of life. This information may include information on footwear, recommendations of physical exercises, treatment through the use of splints or orthotic control of the feet.

Additional Podiatry Resources

Leah Waters Podiatry Melbourne – Our Podiatrist, Leah, Podiatry portal website. Contains full details on foot problems and associated podiatry services.

Podiatry Today – Extensive Podiatry resource, written for Podiatrists covering the latest research and developments in the Podiatric industry.

Podiatry Board of Australia – The board in Australia, responsible  for registering podiatrist’s and podiatry students, developing codes, standards and guidelines for podiatry professionals, and approving course for accreditation .

Australian Podiatry Association – Provides a variety of information on common ‘foot problems’.

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