While podiatrists specialize in the care of the foot and ankle, they also have knowledge of the lower extremities, which includes the knees. Depending on the nature and cause of the knee pain, a podiatrist might be able to provide a degree of assessment and treatment, especially if the pain is related to the biomechanical function of the foot or ankle affecting the knee. However, if the knee pain is due to other non-foot related conditions, such as ligament damage or arthritis, the patient may need to see an orthopedist or another specialist who focuses on knee issues.

Here’s how podiatrists might approach knee pain if it’s related to the lower extremity biomechanics:

  • Assessing the structural alignment of the feet and ankles to see if they are contributing to knee pain
  • Prescribing orthotics to correct misalignment and relieve pressure on the knees
  • Recommending exercises and stretches to strengthen the muscles of the lower extremities
  • Providing guidance on proper footwear to support the feet and knees

If the knee pain is not within the podiatrist’s scope of practice, they will likely refer you to an appropriate specialist. It’s important for patients to consult with their healthcare provider to receive a proper diagnosis and treatment plan for knee pain.

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