Podiatry and foot care supports are what we call disability-related health supports. We can only fund these supports if they directly relate to your disability and help you undertake activities involved in day-to-day life.
Learn more about what we mean by disability-related health supports.
Podiatry and foot care supports are supports that help you manage conditions that affect your feet, ankles and legs. Podiatry and foot care supports can include things like the assessment and development of a podiatry care plan.
This care plan will describe how to care for your feet, or foot orthotics to help you move. Foot orthotics are specialised shoe inserts that support your feet and posture.
If you need podiatry and foot care supports, you should talk to your doctor first. They can link you to health services that are paid for through Medicare. You can continue to access health services from Medicare, even when you are a NDIS participant.
Learn more about the help you can get through the health system or other services.
Your disability might mean you can’t manage your foot care on your own. In this case, we may include funding for a podiatrist to help you manage your foot care.
Foot care may include cutting your toenails to prevent foot problems.
Podiatry and foot care supports could also include funding for a support worker to help you manage your foot care. For example, helping you use specific shoe supports or to help you with foot exercises.