A podiatrist is a specialist of the foot & ankle as well as the lower limb in general. Podiatrists who specialise in the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal aches and pains are focused on how the body interacts with the ground during our walking and running activities. This can be anything from just getting around in our daily routines all the way through to high performance running activity. Podiatry considers how the forces involved in these activities create stress in the tissues in our lower limbs and how we can modify these forces to help our tissues feel better.
This nearly always involves working together with physiotherapists to ensure that our tissue quality and movement patterns are optimal.
Sometimes, podiatrists also prescribe an orthotic device. This is a tailor made insole for your shoes that fits your foot shape exactly and balances forces around the foot and ankle to assist our muscles in creating these optimal movement patterns.