Ankles and Feet
North South North West Statewide
Refer to clinics if conservative treatment fails for the following:
- Pain and deformity in forefoot (including Bunions)
- Pain and instability in hind Foot
- Achilles tendon pathology
- Heel pain
All referrals should comply to referral standards and include in particular:
- Duration of condition
- Conservative management undertaken
Previous surgery on area, especially prostheses
- X Ray (Weight bearing AP, Mortise and lateral for ankle)
- X Ray (Weight bearing AP, Oblique and lateral for foot)
To refer a patient with this condition, please see the Orthopaedic Surgery clinic page for the full referral process and templates.
- Analgesics/anti-inflammatory medications
- Podiatry review +/- orthoses
- Comfortable / accommodating shoe wear
- Steroid injection if appropriate – avoid for Achilles tendon pathology
Direct link to Health Pathways - Lower limb folder
For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.
Urgent / category 1
Fractures that have been treated with initial management in ED or general Practice
Semi-urgent / category 2
Avascular necrosis of ankle
Red flags are clinical indicators of possible serious underlying conditions requiring further medical intervention. They may or may not indicate an emergency.
Proceed to Emergency Department (ED).
LGH ED Reception – Phone: (03) 6777 6405 Fax: (03) 6777 5201
MCH ED* – Phone: (03) 6478 5120 Fax: (03) 6441 5923
NWRH ED* – Phone: (03) 6493 6351 Fax: (03) 6464 1926
RHH ED Reception – Phone: (03) 6166 6100 Fax: (03) 6173 0489
Advice for medical practitioners can be given by the Medical Officer In Charge (MOIC) - see HealthPathways Tasmania for contact information.
*MCH and NWRH MOICs request GPs call them prior to referring a patient to ensure the patient is being sent appropriately to a safe destination.
We will endeavour to see these patients within four weeks, or sooner if clinically indicated.
We will endeavour to see these patients within 12 weeks
Next available appointment