Active Health Podiatry

Are you looking for a Podiatrist in Christchurch?

Are you experiencing problems with your legs, ankles or feet? Heel pain, aching arches or sore legs become the new normal? It shouldn’t be! Active Health has a team of experienced Podiatrists to help get you back to an active life. To book an appointment with a Christchurch Podiatrist at Active Health you can use our online booking platform OR phone: (03) 383 6290. 

How we can help support your health?

Podiatrists are an integral part of the multidisciplinary team at Active Health. They use their in-depth knowledge of the lower limb to give insight and intervention strategies for a wide variety of leg, ankle and foot complaints in all ages. Whether it be an intermittent discomfort, sports injury, arthritis or diabetic foot concerns, we understand that everyone has different needs and goals.

Gait and Running Analysis

The Podiatry team use high tech video and computer technology to provide an analysis of your gait and/or running technique. This analysis can identify factors contributing to an injury or affecting your performance. The contributing factors can then be addressed and interventions set in place to fix the problems identified.

Orthotics Design and Shoe Referral

For problems with your feet and lower legs your choice of footwear is a vital component. Sometimes aches and pains can be something as simple as the wrong type of footwear for your chosen activity. There are many and varied options with footwear on the market these days, particularly in the sports and active shoe area. If your condition requires more than a footwear change our podiatrists will design and fit an appropriate orthotic. Our podiatry department are the experts on footwear and orthotic requirements. For more information click here.

Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Pain

Having pain along the base of your foot or pain into your heel? You may be suffering from plantar fasciitis and the Active Health podiatry team will be able to help. For more information on this condition click here

General Nail and Foot Care

Are you having trouble with your foot or nail care including the common corn, callous and nail care difficulties, or need help with your diabetic foot health. The podiatrists at Active Health can help to identify the problem and carry out appropriate treatment. This includes general nail care and extends to nail surgery to when required, our podiatrists are qualified in it all. Call us at 03 363 6290 to book. 

Laser Fungal Nail Treatment

Fungal nail infections are complex to treat. The Pin Pointe Nail Laser provides an alternative to prescribed topical or oral antifungal medication which may need to be used for many months and in some individuals may cause serious side effects. The Pin Pointe Laser is targeted locally on the fungal infection, killing the fungus throughout the nail, allowing the nail time to grow back naturally. For more information on this treatment click here. 

Do I need a referral?

You do not need a referral to see one of our Podiatrists and we can generate ACC claims if applicable. We work collaboratively with all health professionals but do have a range of in-house services and practitioners we work closely with. This allows us to get you your desired outcome faster and more conveniently by providing back-to-back and joint consultations if and when required.

We can offer you ACC appointments and subsidised orthotics via ACC if your injuries meet the criteria outlined by ACC. We regularly see a wide range of lower limb injuries at various ages and stages of life. From sprains and strains to running-related injuries and post-operative care.

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Why Choose Our Team of Podiatrists?

  • We customise an individual treatment regime for you that fits your needs 
  • We use a high definition video on an unobstructed 30 metre runway for our gait analysis. No altered treadmill running. No unscientific filming outside
  • We have a collaborative approach with the ability to refer to our multi-disciplinary team members for a wider approach to your concerns

Podiatry Services Christchurch Locations:

Podiatry Manchester St, St Albans

Phone: 03 383 6290

Hours: Mon to Fri 8am-6pm.

545 Manchester Street, St Albans, Christchurch

Podiatry: Jellie Park, Burnside

Phone: 03 383 6290

Hours: Mon to Fri 8am-6pm.

295 Ilam Road, Burnside, Christchurch

Active Health: New Brighton Healthcare

Phone: 03 383 6290

Hours: Mon to Fri 8am-6pm.

22 Union St, New Brighton,  Christchurch

Christchurch Podiatrist

Meet Our Team

Simon Wheeler

Senior Podiatrist / Director  BHSc (Pod), PGDipSportsMed, M.Sport.PodNZ (Sports Accredited)

About Me

Simon is a vastly experienced podiatrist who provides management for all foot and ankle conditions. Simon has a long standing interest in diagnosis and treatment of sports injuries, and its associated areas, including orthotic design, sports shoe prescription, running analysis and bike setups. Simon also uses strengthening and stretching regimes along with manipulation of the foot joints to help alleviate many different complaints of the foot.

Through the years, as a High Performance Sport NZ Podiatry provider Simon has been involved with the treatment and rehabilitation a number of elite athletes especially in the Olympic Sports of Cycling, Athletics and Triathlon.

Simon has worked for Mizuno NZ as their Consultant Podiatrist since 2001, being involved in shoe range selection, technical training of retail staff throughout NZ and involvement in promotional events.

Simon has also developed a range of specific protective padding for contact sports which he custom makes for professional teams and private patients, including the All Blacks, Crusaders and Highlanders.

Kirwan Franke

Senior Podiatrist

BHSc (Pod), M.Sport.PodNZ (Sports Accredited)

About Me

Kirwan developed a passion for biomechanics following his own personal experience with injury, surgery and rehabilitation. This led him to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Podiatry, graduating in 2008 and moving to Christchurch to be part of the Active Health team.

Based between the Active Health locations in Christchurch and Rangiora he provides a full range of Podiatry services are including gait analysis, biomechanical assessments, footwear review, exercises prescription, orthotic therapy and general care. These services can be provided for all ages and are tailored to meet your individual injury, activity level and health goals needs.

In his free time, Kirwan spends as much possible in the backcountry fly-fishing and hiking. When in Christchurch he spends his time out and about on adventures with his young family.

Julia Oppert



BHSc (Pod)

About Me

Julia qualified as a Podiatrist in 2017, growing up in the North Island she moved to Christchurch to join Active Health’s team.

Having represented Waikato in both water-polo and netball, she has developed great interest towards the biomechanics of the lower limb and injury prevention. Julia is enthusiastic and passionate about all aspects of Podiatry ranging from footwear, sports, pediatrics, diabetes and the overall health and wellbeing of the individual.

Julia is based at Active Health’s main clinic on Manchester street as well as the satellite clinic in New Brighton.

Martin Faulkner

Martin Faulkner Podiatrist


BHSc (Pod)

About Me

Martin graduated from AUT University after completing his Bachelor of Health Science (Podiatry). He transitioned into Podiatry following more than six years in the Health and Fitness industry as a fitness instructor.

Martin returned to Christchurch after working in Auckland and the Hawke’s Bay. During his time in the North Island, his work in podiatric care included general skin and nail, diabetic foot, and biomechanical management including post-surgical and acute and chronic injuries.

With his experience in exercise technique and conditioning, he brings a holistic approach to rehabilitation. For him, it’s important to form a partnership with clients to get them back moving and then making them more resilient to injury. 

Outside of work, he is always seeking to stay active – be it in the gym, surfing the waves or on the golf course. 

Make an appointment today

Find a time that suits you and book an appointment online using our booking system. If you are not sure who to see, give us a call and we can help find the best clinician for you.