A podiatrist treats various foot complaints and injuries that arise from the improper functioning of the feet. The ankle, knee, hip and back complaints are treatable. Also overloaded muscles which are painful with standing or walking can be treated. The podiatrist can also treat skin and nail problems.
Podiatry is a legally recognized paramedical profession. The podiatrist has followed a 4-year HBO study.
Podiatrists are recognized paramedics and meet a large number of quality requirements. We are regularly tested for our performance and knowledge. In addition, we are registered as podiatrists in the Paramedics Quality Register and are members of the Dutch Association of Podiatrists (NVvP).
The podiatrist and the Act BIG
Act (Art. 34) gives sixteen professional health care professionals the right to use a protected title. The only foot health profession that is entitled to a qualification is the podiatrist. The podiatrist may use that title after successfully completing the HBO Podiatry study at Saxion or Fontys Hogescholen. This course has a study load of at least 7,000 hours.
The quality of the profession is monitored on a private base by the paramedical profession itself, and not by the government. A visitation process has been set up for this. The NVvP collaborates with a large number of Article 34 professions in the Paramedics Quality Register. Independent of the NVvP, this organization tests whether the professional meets the criteria for registration. In addition, the NVvP has drawn up a professional code and the NVvP is affiliated with the National Paramedics Complaints Committee.
Direct accessibility Podiatry
In May 2011, the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport and the Council of Ministers made a final decision on direct accessibility for the paramedical sector. This also includes podiatrists.
You can be helped by your podiatrist without a referral from your GP.
This means that you no longer need a referral to go to the podiatrist, and you can go directly to your podiatrist, just like the physiotherapist and remedial therapist.
If you come to the podiatrist without a referral, it is mandatory for the podiatrist to do a screening with you. First the podiatrist needs to see if there is an indication for podiatry. If this screening shows that there is an indication for podiatry, it is legally required that you give written permission for the start of the consult and any subsequent treatment. (This written permission with your signature replaces, as it were, the written referral from a general practitioner or other specialist.)
If the screening shows that there is no indication for podiatry, you will be asked to confirm the discussion of the screening in writing. This screening will therefore also entail additional costs.
It is therefore important that when the general practitioner or specialist refers you, he / she also does this in writing, since otherwise the statutory screening must still take place and this in principle entails double costs.
What does a podiatrist do?
First, the podiatrist starts with an investigation into the cause of your complaints. We will then discuss the findings with you. Perhaps you have other (related) complaints? Then the diagnosis is made.
Are you coming with a referral? Then things remain unchanged and the investigation can be started immediately.
What does the treatment entail?
After the examination, your podiatrist will prepare a customized treatment plan and present it to you. Your treatment consists of one or more of the following therapies:
- Podiatry insoles – To reduce pressure under the foot or improve the position of the foot.
- Teen (Toe) Orthosis – To correct the position of your toes, prevent / reduce pressure spots and prevent / reduce friction of the toes.
- Mobilizing the foot – To prevent or improve the reduced mobility (mobility) of your foot.
- Mod Shoe modifications – Minor adjustments to your ready-to-wear footwear.
- Adv Shoe advice – Your shoe must be suitable for your feet and have the correct fit.
- Screening Diabetes screening – Risk analysis and advice for wound prevention.
- Rheumatism screening and treatment – Screening of the feet for pressure spots and wounds, (preventive) treatment of existing pressure spots and treatment of existing wounds.
- Felt therapies and taping – Temporary pressure relief therapy and / or support for other forms of therapy.
- Be Nail braces – With ingrown or crooked nails.
- Instrumental treatment – if your (medical) pedicurist cannot treat your nails, calluses or corns, for example if you have a risk rate.
- Wound treatment – For example, in people with diabetes mellitus or a rheumatic disease.
- En Information and advice – The better you know what is good for your feet, the better you can take (preventive) measures.
Gaan & Staan Podiatry has a Quality seal, which means that we meet the requirements set. Each room has the necessary safety conditions and hygiene is good.
We are proud of this quality mark and we want to show that by providing good care. We also need your help with this and that’s why we ask you to:
- Wash your feet at home before the consultation.
- Please clean your shoes that you take with you.
- Cancel your consultation in case of illness.
- Please bring your identification with you to check your personal details.
- We treat you with respect and kindness, please take care of it and also express it to the Gaan & Staan team.
We kindly ask you to take care of the above points to make your treatment as pleasant as possible. As a team, Gaan & Staan takes care of you as best as possible.