The word "podiatry" changed from "chiropody" in the late 70s, and helped overcome the confusion with chiropractic. The word "podiatry" comes from the Greek podis (foot) and iatria (healing/physician).
Podiatry is the profession that deals with conditions affecting the human foot. As a member of a health team, podiatrists are educated to diagnose and treat a wide range of foot conditions.
You can find podiatrists working in a variety of locations including community health centres, private practice, hospitals, sports medicine clinics and nursing homes. Podiatrists work as part of your overall health care team and it is not necessary to obtain a referral to see a podiatrist.
Podiatrists are trained to diagnose and manage conditions of the foot. These include:
Cesar Puertolas has been practising podiatry for over forty years and is highly respected within his field.
Having graduated from the School of Medicine, Podiatry in Montevideo, Uruguay and Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Podiatry), Cesar is highly qualified in all areas of Podiatry. He also attends many professional education sessions and consults with other leading health professionals.
Opening his city practice in the Westfield Towers in 1984, Cesar provided an important foot health service to the residents and many workers in this inner city precinct. He then opened a second practice in the Belrose area in 1989. Both practices have grown considerably with Cesar providing quality foot care to patients with a very wide range of foot health issues.
With a special interest in sports podiatry for both adults and children, Cesar has helped many of his patients pursue their sporting passions.
“Children’s feet are very complex structures and their correct development is very important in providing them with the best possible physical movement when they are young and for later on in life. I have been able to treat many children with different conditions. I recently treated a teenage boy with Sever’s Disease, a common ailment in very active children. He was quite athletic and he was an avid soccer player. After proper treatment he no longer had pain in his feet, his swelling had disappeared and he was able to continue being active and playing soccer.”
Cesar is a member of the Australian Podiatry Association and has held senior positions within the organisation to further advance the profession. He also is a counsellor on the Primary Health Network Clinical Council which is a network of communities, health carers, Doctors, specialists and allied health professionals of the Sydney northern region.
Away from his practice, Cesar is a Volunteer Surf Life Saver Bronze at Whale Beach and is an avid swimmer, competing in the Maui Channel swim, Rough Water Waikiki, Rottnest Channel Swim, Bondi to Bronte, Palm to Whale Beach, Bryon Bay and Manly Cole Classic.