Appointments and podiatry services are claimable through private health insurance using our hicaps facility, this allows our patients to claim on the spot, we then only require the gap.
All our podiatrists also welcome patient care plans, TAC, Workcover and DVA referrals.
Clinical Director & Senior Podiatrist
Mark is a Mornington Peninsula local and graduated from La Trobe University in 2003. He has since worked extensively in sports injury clinics on the Mornington Peninsula and founded the Base Podiatry network in 2009. Base Podiatry was developed with a passion for providing exceptional foot care and the most thorough treatment for any foot and ankle injury. in 2012 Mark developed the Fit2Cycle bike fitting system where he can spend some clinical time performing bike fits for road cyclists and triathletes. In 2014, Mark along with 2 podiatrists founded a clinical education company, providing professional development for podiatrists with a focus on rehabilitation and advanced treatment techniques.
Mark loves his cycling and mountain biking and has competed in numerous multi day events and 24 hour MTB races. Regular golf has taken time away from time on the bike, but he is not complaining to much. With a young family of 2 kids, Mark loves weekend time, camping and hiking holidays.
Mark specialises in sports injury management of the foot and ankle with particular interest in gait analysis for running and walking related injuries, dry needling, prolotherapy and the use of foot orthotics to manage injury. Bike fitting is another passion that is conducted at the Mt Eliza clinic and Mark loves nothing more than blocking out 2 hours to assess and play with other peoples bikes.
Dr. Matthew Cotchett
Matthew is a podiatrist experienced in all facets of the profession. He obtained his undergraduate degree, with Honours, from La Trobe University in 2000 and his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Podiatry, in 2015. Matthew’s PhD focused on the effectiveness of dry needling for plantar heel pain as well as psychological factors associated with pain beneath the heel. Matthew has a major interest in the assessment and management of exercise-induced musculoskeletal disorders but also general treatment of the foot.
Teaching: Matthew has 10 years’ experience as a Lecturer at La Trobe University in Melbourne. He has predominantly taught subjects that focus on musculoskeletal conditions of the foot and ankle, orthotic therapy, and biomechanics of the foot and lower limb. Matthew regularly conducts dry needling workshops to podiatrists.
Research: Matthew is a researcher in the La Trobe Rural Health School at La Trobe University. He has published widely in the field of musculoskeletal medicine with a particular focus on pain beneath the heel and psychological factors associated with musculoskeletal pain. In addition, Matthew is leading projects focused on the effectiveness of different treatments for heel pain and improving the education of this condition. Matthew is currently supervising post-graduate students in the Master of Applied Science (Research) program at La Trobe University. A list of Matthew’s recent publications can be found here:
Since graduating from La Trobe university in 2003, Michael has amassed a wealth of experience specialising in the area of the High Risk Foot and associated conditions. He has worked across many areas including Diabetic clinics, Paediatric clinics, Wound clinics, Refugee health, Acute and Community clinics in the public setting.
An avid sportsman, Michael has a keen and active interest in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of biomechanical issues of the foot and lower limb. He is accomplished in employing therapies such as custom foot orthoses and dry needling.
Still pulling on the boots for St Bede’s Mentone Tigers in the VAFA after more than 200 games, he is acutely aware of the competitive nature of sports people and with it, the eagerness to resume their chosen pursuit. Michael is well equipped to assist patients to rapidly yet safely overcome injury and return to activity