Do’s and Don’ts for Your Next Podiatrist Appointment
At NY Foot Health we want to help you get the most out of your podiatrist appointment. Whether you are going to see the foot doctor because you are in pain, monitoring a chronic podiatric condition or just for a checkup, there are do’s and don’ts you can follow to ensure that your appointment is productive and results in the best outcome for the health of your feet.
DO: write down a list of any questions or concerns that you have about your feet or condition to bring with you to your appointment.
DO: bring your walking or exercise shoes with you to the appointment if a pain you are experiencing occurs during or after working out.
DON’T: forget to bring a list of all medications and supplements you are taking. It’s important that all your physicians are aware of what other doctors have prescribed in order to avoid harmful drug interactions.
DO: request that a friend or family member to go with you to your appointment if you think it will be helpful in remembering what the foot doctor tells you.
DO: ask the podiatrist questions about anything you don’t understand regarding your diagnosis or the treatment plan the podiatrist wishes you to follow.
DON’T: forget to tell the podiatrist about any unusual changes in your feet or worsening symptoms of an existing condition.
DO: ask the podiatrist about potential side effects if any medication is prescribed for a foot problem.
DO: schedule a follow-up appointment, if needed, before you leave the podiatrist’s office.
DON’T: assume test results are normal if you don’t hear from the office. Ask when you can expect to receive test results and call the doctor if you do not get them.
Foot problems have the best outcome when they are diagnosed and treated in the early stages. Contact your podiatrist as soon as you notice a foot problem starting. If you don’t have a podiatrist, our online directory can help you locate a qualified one in your area. To learn more about caring for your feet, contact us.