Why have I been referred to a Podiatrist?
Your referring clinician will have discussed the reasons for your referral with you before attending for your Podiatry assessment but generally a Podiatry assessment becomes appropriate when changes are required to the way you are walking, standing or playing sport that cannot be achieved by other techniques alone. As a whole, this assessment is referred to as ‘Clinical Gait Analysis’ and will include a full medical history and history of your problem; Podiatric lower limb biomechanical examination; gait analysis and video gait analysis. The results of these assessments will result in a clinical gait analysis report and recommendations for treatment, which will be discussed with you at your appointment. Treatments are variable and may include gait re-training, running technique changes, exercise therapy, footwear changes or modifications, foot orthoses or ankle-foot orthoses.
What are foot orthoses?
Foot orthoses (or orthotics) are similar to spectacles, in that they are designed to a prescription which is individual to you and is generated from your clinical gait analysis report. When you stand on the foot orthoses, they change the way your lower limbs function in line with that prescription. There are different types of orthoses and you will be advised what type, if any, are best for you after your initial assessment.
What do I need to bring to the 1st appointment?
In order to assess you fully, please bring along:
- Shorts / short trousers – to assess your gait properly.
- Selection of shoes – please include sports shoes as well as street shoes for assessment.
- Any foot orthoses you may have been previously prescribed.
- A list of your medications.