About Barry Matthews

About Inform Podiatry

Barry Matthews

 

Barry is a registered health professional with over 30 years of clinical experience after graduating from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 1991.

Barry's passion is to provide ethical, evidenced-based assessment and treatment that helps the patients who see him and to explain their foot problem in language and concepts they can understand. He has a special interest in forefoot problems after completing numerous research projects on a number of separate forefoot conditions.

 

After working as an employed Podiatrist for a few years, Barry was invited to develop a scope of practice and protocols for the first Community Health Podiatrist position on the northside of Brisbane. He worked as a Community Health Podiatrist until 1998 establishing two community diabetes clinics which still operate today at Chermside and Pine Rivers Community Health Centres. 

Barry has owned private podiatry clinics on the northside of Brisbane since 1997.  See About Inform Podiatry for information on the years, names and locations of the clinics.

Barry has shared his extensive clinical and professional knowledge with undergraduate Podiatry students for more than 20 years via professional placement supervision, clinical tutoring and lecturing in the Podiatry course at QUT.

 

Community service is a core value that has guided Barry throughout his life. He is a former President and board member of the Australasian Podiatry Council (now Australian Podiatry Association) for seven years.  The Australian Podiatry Association is the peak body representing the Podiatry profession in Australia. Barry is also a former President and board member of the Australian Podiatry Association Qld Inc (now part of the Australian Podiatry Association) for 13 years. This Association was the peak body representing the Podiatry profession in Queensland. For his services to the Podiatry profession, Barry was awarded the Peter Quinn Award in 2004 and Life Membership  in 2008.

Barry continues his community service by regularly volunteering at his local Park Run in Kedron.

Another core value for Barry is continuing professional development. After years of organising, presenting at and attending conferences and seminars for the Podiatry profession, he finally found the time to begin a research project in 2016. The results of the research were published as a systemic review and meta-analysis in 2019.  The review assessed the best published evidence for the non-surgical treatment of a forefoot problem called Morton's neuroma.  Barry was subsequently invited to join a research group for another systemic review and meta-analysis which was published in 2021. This review assessed the best published evidence for the non-surgical treatments of bunions (hallux valgus).

If you have a foot problem, book an appointment at Inform Podiatry with Barry.
 

 

Inform Podiatry

 

As the name suggests by the end of your consult you will have a better understanding of your foot problem. Knowledge is a powerful tool to help you actively manage your foot problem. 

We will take the time to listen to you while you describe your foot problem. Once we have assessed your foot problem we will discuss our findings with you in language and concepts that make sense to you. Listening and communication skills are important in developing trust and understanding your foot problem.

 

Then we can discuss if further assessment is required and/or the best treatment options for you including their costs, benefits and risks. After this discussion we will take the time to confirm you understand your foot problem and the assessment/treatment plan.  With your consent we email a copy of the treatment plan to you with links to additional information about your foot problem.

 

When an exercise program is required we use Physiapp to create and manage your program which you can access for free from a desktop computer or an app on your smartphone or tablet. For those who don't use email or apps we can print a paper copy of your plan.

We believe in monitoring your response to treatment with validated outcome measures and creating SMS/email reminders to monitor your foot health (with your consent). We also consider your overall health (eg exercise for fitness, strength training, falls prevention) in the assessment and treatment we provide.

Inform Podiatry is located at 52 Isedale St Wooloowin on the ground floor of a renovated workers cottage in a quiet suburban street with free parking next to the front door of the clinic or on the street.

We are conscious of our environmental footprint although some aspects of our footprint is limited by the infection control standards for Podiatrists (which has increased post COVID-19).  The clinic is powered by solar panels and the toilet uses rainwater. We avoid using milled EVA orthoses (where possible) which create significant waste materials.

Inform Podiatry has changed names, locations and size over the years.  Beginning as Barry Matthews Podiatry with two clinics in Chermside and McDowall in 1997 to a group practice called The Foot Spot at Stafford Heights in 2002. The current name Inform Podiatry began in 2009 with a clinic in Kedron which moved to it's current location, Wooloowin in 2014.

If you have a foot problem, book an appointment at Inform Podiatry with Barry.