Matthew Hotchkis – B.App.Sci (Pod)

Matthew is the Director and Senior Podiatrist of Podiatry Professionals. He graduated from the University of Western Sydney in 2004 and having grown up in Canberra he decided to return to make a contribute to the Canberra podiatry community. Matthew initially worked for both A.C.T Health at the Canberra Hospital and various surrounding clinics and undertook numerous podiatry policy projects with A.C.T Health. In conjunction with this Matthew worked in a sports focused private practice, consistently treating elite athletes and their injuries.

It was during that year that Matthew took some time off to travel and play hockey on a semi-professional basis in Belgium which also allowed him to observe podiatry in a European setting.

Matthew returned to Australia and worked in a dual role both in private practice and at the Australian Defence Force which he is still involved in to date. It is during that time where Matthew developed his knowledge and passion for sports podiatry and orthotic therapy and enjoyed the intense biomechanical and sports injury patient load as he has observed and treated many out of the ordinary injuries. Matthew also combined this with a role with the A.C.T Podiatrists Board which he continued serving until the National Registration was introduced.

It was at this time that Podiatry Professionals was born! Matthew started Podiatry Professionals to provide the people of Canberra with a top-level podiatry clinic located directly in the city and to make a positive difference to people’s lifestyles. Matthew continues to develop the practice to serve the Canberra community and since its inception the practice has now expanded to over four locations to date.

Matthew revels in his role as the podiatrist of the A.C.T Brumbies and the responsibilities that come with it. He regularly spends time assessing and treating the players to ensure they are in the best shape they can be. He also enjoys his involvement with the Australian Kookaburras, Australian Boomerangs, Canberra Raiders, Canberra Lakers and Strikers, Canberra Darters and the A.C.T Academy of Sport.

Outside of Podiatry Matthew enjoys all sports but has a passion for hockey. Matthew had enjoyed competing at an elite level representing the Canberra Lakers and the Australian Indoor Hockey team but now he belongs more in the ‘veterans league’.

Matthew’s main passion, however, is his family and team at Podiatry Professionals. Now a father of two young children he loves spending time with them balanced with his role in mentoring and developing fellow podiatrists at the practice and regularly training university students on placements. Matthew’s goal is to extend podiatry services to everyone in Canberra and his podiatry mentoring role allows the clinic as a whole to treat many more patients with high quality treatment and ultimately reduce their pain and improve their lifestyle!

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

At Podiatry Professionals we consider your safety our highest priority. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic we would like to assure our patients that we are taking every precaution necessary in the clinic and following appropriate advice from authorities.

Our main priority is our patients. Given one of our core values is communication, we feel it is important that we give you as much information as possible about the procedures we adhere to in order to maintain a hygienic environment but more importantly ensure the safety of all patients and staff.

Following the advice of Australian Government authorities, Podiatry Professionals are taking additional precautionary measures to minimise risk of coronavirus. These include:

– Increasing the frequency of cleaning and sanitization of work, reception areas and equipment.

– Providing additional hand sanitizer.

- Increased seat distancing in waiting room areas.

- Use of protective equipment including gloves and masks for the protection of both patients and staff.

– All staff are required to declare their health and travel status – we ask that patients extend the same courtesy prior to appointment.

Telehealth appointments

Given more and more people are required to either isolate, work from home or are choosing to reduce exposure by staying indoors, we have been working hard on developing Telehealth video consults for some time now and we can now announce they are up and running.
Given our mantra is to ‘progress quality of life’ and we feel we can continue to do that via both in clinic appointments and Telehealth online appointments. Isolating at home presents a number of risk factors which can contribute to foot pain including increased bare foot walking, possible weight gain and likely increases in running (given gyms are closed) and this is the time we need to step up and be more accessible to our patients by providing value and direction.

Through Telehealth we are still able to offer:

  • Detailed pain and injury history.
  • Accurate diagnosis and education.
  • Advice on pain triggers and how to avoid them, conservative treatment options including footwear education and prescription, exercise program prescription, guidance on taping appropriate taping techniques, padding and wedging, orthotic modifications (via post or drop off and pick up), rapid turnaround for prefabricated and semi-custom orthotics required and dermatological assessments.
  • Detailed walkthrough videos on all the above for reference and any products required for treatment and pain relief can be express posted.
  • This option is available to be booked via online booking or phone on 61621130

If you feel unwell at any time, we respectfully ask that you do not enter our clinics for the safety of everyone. We apologise if this causes any inconvenience, we will be happy to reschedule your appointment if needed, including providing Telehealth Appointments.

We appreciate your understanding and co-operation during this difficult and uncertain time.