What To Expect When Visiting A Podiatrist

There are many different reasons that your lower back and other lower joints could be hurting you. For the most part you may be able to explain the pain away with a recent injury or many try to point to a bad night rest. The truth is that your feet may be the biggest problem of all.

Each time your foot takes a step the tendons inside the foot stretch. The foot can become worn out very quickly and start making adjustments to help keep the foot in a working condition. The problem is that when the body tries to adjust to keep the feel in working condition, other joints take the rest of the energy. This means that your lower joints could be experiencing pain because your feet are not being supported enough.

In order to fix the problem you should visit with a podiatrist. Here are a few thing that you can expect when visiting a podiatrist office. 

Your Gait 

In the words of RUN-DMC, your podiatrist wants you to "Walk This Way." The way that you walk is very important to the problems you may be having. The first thing that the podiatrist will have you do is walk for them. The doctor will pay particular attention to the movement of your feet and watch your lower joints. It is very possible that your gait will show the doctor exactly why you are experiencing lower body pains. When in the doctors office do not be surprised to walk in barefoot, in your normal shoes, and then in shoes with corrective insoles. This shows the podiatrist how arch height may help you with your problem. 


The podiatrist is sure to tell you exactly what is going on with your gait, to cause the problems. If nothing is wrong with your gait, then the doctor will also tell you why your joints hurt so bad. For many simply knowing what is causing the problem can be a nice relief. However, the doctor will start showing your exercises that you can do that will help. Most of the time you can strengthen the muscles around the area to help create a better gait, or to support the joint that are hurting. You may also be given corrective insole to help you maintain good posture, and help give your feet the support they need to keep your entire lower skeletal system in line.