What to expect from your first visit to the podiatrist

Visiting the podiatrist can be an exciting and nerve-wracking time for those who haven’t seen a podiatrist before, or for those who aren’t 100% sure what they do. Though you may have been recommended to see a podiatrist by another medical professional, or you have done your research online, there is no need to be nervous during your first visit. In this article, we take you through some of the likely things that could happen when you see one of our Perth Podiatrists, so you know exactly what to expect!
 
Foot inspection
 
Podiatrists are specialists of the feet and the mechanics that surround the movement of the feet and ankle. One of the key areas the podiatrist will need to examine is your feet, paying particular attention to the skin condition, bone structure and the hygiene of the toes and skin. If you have ticklish or sensitive feet, advise your podiatrist upon your first meeting to ensure you have a pleasant experience.

Gate inspection
 
Particularly if you have come to see the podiatrist due to lower limb pain or to improve your exercise performance, a podiatrist will often complete a gate review in your initial appointment. You may be asked to walk a certain length, or walk or run on a treadmill, to assess how your feet and ankles move. Therefore, it’s recommended you bring your exercise shoes to your first appointment, and wear clothing that you can comfortably move in.
 
Medical history

Depending on the condition that has brought you to the podiatrist appointment in the first place, your therapist will need to know your medical history and the medications you are currently on. Some conditions, such as diabetes or previously broken bones, can have an impact on the structure of your feet, and the mechanics of your gate and certain medications can affect your skin or the health of your feet.

Scans and Treatment
 
It is very common for a podiatrist to order scans during your first appointment; most commonly the podiatrist will request X-rays of the affected areas, however, there are cases in which something more in-depth is required. If the condition you have presented can be attended to with on the spot treatment, a podiatrist will likely do this during a first visit, or schedule you for a lengthier follow-up session, depending on your condition.
 
Your feet are easily one of the most neglected parts of your body; don’t let your foot pain, ankle pain or foot condition slow you down anymore. Book in to see one of our podiatrists, here in Perth, today!

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