What to Expect From a Podiatry Consultation

What is Podiatry?

Podiatry is a branch of health care dedicated to diagnosing, managing, and preventing diseases and conditions affecting the feet, ankles, and related structures of the leg. These structures play a crucial role in keeping us healthy and mobile. Whether you’re dealing with a minor foot problem or a complex condition, visiting a podiatrist can provide the necessary solutions. But what exactly does a podiatry consultation entail? Let’s dive in.

Booking Your Podiatry Consultation

The first step towards your podiatry consultation is to make an appointment. Be prepared to provide some basic information about your current problem, past medical history, and current medications. You may be asked about any symptoms you’re experiencing, how long you’ve had them, and any treatments you’ve tried. 

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Before your appointment, it’s useful to gather any relevant medical records, X-rays, or scans, including lists of medications, prior surgeries, and any treatments you’ve received for your current condition. Also, consider your footwear. Your podiatrist will likely want to examine the shoes you wear most often to assess their fit and wear patterns. 

During Your Consultation 

The consultation usually begins with an in-depth discussion about your medical history and current symptoms. The podiatrist will ask you a series of questions to understand your lifestyle, the nature of your problem, and any factors that may be contributing to it. 

Next comes the physical examination. The podiatrist will examine your foot visually and manually, checking for abnormalities such as swelling, redness, warmth, or deformities. Depending on your symptoms, you might be asked to walk or perform other movements to evaluate your gait and the biomechanics of your feet and ankles. 

In some cases, the podiatrist may recommend diagnostic tests such as X-rays, ultrasounds, or MRIs to gain a more detailed understanding of your condition. These tests help to visualise the internal structures of the feet and ankles and can identify issues such as fractures, tumours, or soft tissue injuries.

Discussion and Treatment Plan

Once your podiatrist has diagnosed your condition, they will discuss the findings with you and propose a treatment plan. These plans could range from simple interventions like shoe modifications, orthotics, exercises, or physical therapy to more complex solutions such as medication, injections, or surgery. The goal is to relieve your symptoms, improve your function, and prevent future problems.


Following the consultation, you may need to schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and adjust your treatment as necessary. Your podiatrist may also give you instructions or recommendations to follow at home, such as exercises, foot care routines, or modifications to your footwear or activities.

In conclusion, a podiatry consultation is a comprehensive process that aims to identify and address the root cause of your foot or ankle problem. By understanding what to expect, you can prepare effectively and play an active role in your foot health.

If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort linked to a foot, ankle, or lower limb injury or condition, please contact Southwest Foot and Ankle Centre today, or book a podiatry consultation online. We’re here to help.

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