The Podiatry Clinic was established in 1995 by Lindy Begg, who continues to own the practice. The podiatrists are experienced in all facets of podiatry, including High Risk and routine foot care, nail surgery, biomechanical assessment, children's foot care and custom-made insoles.
The Podiatry Clinic has a strong focus on treating the foot complications of diabetes, since Lindy Begg also established the Foot Wound Clinic at Westmead Hospital.
The Podiatry Clinc offers complete care for high risk feet, including wound management, wound off-loading and diabetic foot screening, using a photoplethysmography device and a neurothesiometer. We can assess the plantar pressures that impair wound healing, using a Novel emed ® force plate. This gives patients with foot wounds a better chance to heal and prevent new ulcers forming. It also helps reduce the risk of ulceration in patients with peripheral neuropathy.
Advice on the safest footwear for high risk feet can be given. Shoes (and insoles) can be tested by measuring the plantar pressures while they are being worn, using the Novel pedar ® Technology.This system can be used to identify shoes associated with the lowest plantar pressures during walking.
Plantar pressures can be compared while walking barefoot with pressures in shoes, with or without custom insoles. This gives a clear indication of which shoe or "moon boot" is giving the best results. This can reduce ulcer healing times and better prevent re-ulceration.
Novel emed ® technology is used to fabricate custom-made insoles. Your dynamic plantar pressures during gait are recorded coupled with your 2D scan, the data is sent to Germany for analysis (www.pedcad.de). A completed design is then sent to The Podiatry Clinic for manufacture. This superior manufacturing process produces insoles which are tailored to your individual needs. These insoles are designed to protect a specific problem area, such as a healed ulceration, a painful joint, a bony prominence or heavy callous. Insole materials are available to complement the patient's activities and footwear, such as tennis, golf, running, diabetes, arthritis, fashion shoes, sports shoes or custom-made surgical footwear.
Principal: Lindy Begg
Lindy founded The Podiatry Clinic in Wentworthville more than 25 years ago. Her goal was to bring the best scientific research into every-day clinical practice. Her career has also included work in the public sector, founding the High Risk Foot Clinic at Westmead Public Hospital.
Lindy is on medical leave from the Clinic due to an injury, however she has always had a special focus on original research in podiatry. Her research findings have been published in many peer-reviewed medical journals, a key research interest has been plantar pressure offloading of diabetic foot wounds.
A trusted professional, Vesna has been a part of The Podiatry Clinic since it began in the 1990s. She is a much-loved member of the Wentworthville community. Vesna's qualifications in Podiatric Medicine are complemented by many years of expert practice. A leader within our team, Vesna is highly skilled in biomechanics and orthotic prescription, general foot care and nail surgery. Her patients also benefit from her years of treatment experience with diabetic foot wounds. When she's not working, Vesna loves spending time with a growing family.
Katie completed a Bachelor of Podiatry and Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) in the topic of plantar pressure measurement at the University of Newcastle. Katie has a special interest in the care of diabetic feet. She is highly skilled in managing diabetic foot wounds, ensuring her patients have the best chance of recovery. She has a passion for preventing relapse by prescribing the most protective footwear and orthotics. Katie's gentle manner and compassionate approach are very reassuring and give her patients confidence. In her spare time, Katie enjoys getting out in the natural world and taking time to visit friends.
Liz holds a Bachelor of Podiatry from the University of Newcastle and a Master of Public Health from the University of New South Wales. An all-rounder in podiatry care, Liz enjoys helping patients become pain-free as quickly as possible, whether they have difficulties with nails, callouses, feet or movement. Focusing on the whole person, Liz aims to prevent complications and promote good foot health for all her patients. Outside the clinic, Liz has completed additional university study in the Arts and Languages. She also enjoys dancing and raising a pair of energetic sons.
Carissa graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor in Podiatric Medicine in 2022. Carissa was also awarded the Phillip Vasyli Orthoses Excellence Award, which is given to the most outstanding student in Podiatry practice. Carissa strives to improve patient’s quality of life by having an individualised approach tailored to one’s lifestyle. Specifically, she is interested in the high-risk foot, ingrown toenail removal and biomechanics of the lower limb. Carissa’s gentle, compassionate and approachable nature ensures patient’s feel comfortable and reassured. On her days off, Carissa loves to go on nature walks, hiking and the driving range.