Prep for Your Podiatrist Appointment
Here at the New York State Podiatric Medical Association one of our top goals is educating patients and helping you take the best possible care of your feet. When you have foot or ankle pain you should turn to a skilled podiatrist for relief. (If you need to locate a podiatrist in your area check our website for a list of highly trained foot doctors.) It’s a good idea to do a little preparation for your appointment in order to make the most of your time with the foot doctor and speed the diagnosis of your problem. Below are a few suggestions:
· Take a few moments to think about the discomfort you’re experiencing and be able to answer the following questions: where exactly on my foot does it hurt? Is the pain constant or does it come and go? How would you describe the pain (throbbing, dull, stabbing, aching)? When did the discomfort start and did it come on gradually or all of a sudden? Does rest or activity affect the pain?
· Make a written list of all the questions and concerns you have regarding your condition.
· If the foot pain you are experiencing is related to exercise or a sport bring your athletic shoes with you. If not, wear a pair that you use frequently. The foot doctor may want to examine the wear pattern of your shoes for clues about your condition.
· Check with your insurance provider to find out if you need a referral for your visit. Be sure to bring your insurance card with you if this is your first appointment.
· Bring any prescription medications or supplements that you are taking currently with you to the podiatrist’s office. The podiatrist will want to get your complete medical history and know what other medical conditions you are currently being treated for.
· If you have special needs call the office ahead of time and inform them.
· Plan to bring a family member or friend with you to your appointment if you would like their assistance.