Podiatry is a speciality that focuses on the lower limb (leg and ankle) and foot. Podiatrists deal with a broad range of issues that may arise in this part of the body. Musculoskeletal Podiatrists specifically assess the way that your feet and legs move. Perhaps you have pain in the area, or maybe you’re simply looking for advice before undertaking your next big adventure. Podiatrists are experts in footwear and orthotics, as well as the diagnosis and management of movement issues stemming from your feet.
When seeing a Podiatrist, you may be offered exercises to do, advice on footwear, custom made insoles (orthotics), or any of a range of other interventions. Most importantly, you will be provided with advice and leave with a better understanding of the role that your foot has in your overall movement patterns and/or symptoms.
Common reasons why someone may see a podiatrist include:
At Auckland Physiotherapy, our Podiatrist has been practising in musculoskeletal podiatry for 13 years and has studied for 9 years (so far…). He holds his Masters and is on track to finish his PhD in 2023. Meet Aaron Jackson here.
Whilst you do not need to be referred to see a Podiatrist, it is helpful to bring along any previous medical notes or reports relating to your case. Additionally, our Podiatrist would love to see your shoes so please bring along some examples of what you regularly wear.
Aaron can assist with:
The common things that podiatrists do that Aaron cannot help with: