Make the Most of Your Podiatrist Appointment
A podiatrist is a medical doctor that is qualified to diagnose and treat any conditions related to your feet, toes and ankles. This includes skin and toenail issues, infections, sprains and fractures, sports injuries, deformities and diseases that affect the health of your feet. If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort in your feet or ankles or you notice unusual symptoms such as swelling, a growth or lump, unexplained redness or bruising, or any other abnormality, you should make an appointment to see the podiatrist. If you don’t have a podiatrist, we at NY Foot Health can help you find a highly qualified foot doctor in your community through our online directory.
Below are some suggestions for ensuring that your appointment with the podiatrist is as productive as possible.
Before You Go
A little preparation on your part will help the podiatrist better diagnose your foot problem and make sure that you leave the office with all your questions answered. Some ways to do this include:
Make a list of all your questions and concerns and bring it with you to your appointment.
Check your insurance to see if a referral is needed.
Bring a list of all medications and supplements you are currently taking.
Wear a pair of shoes that you use frequently—the foot doctor may want to check the wear pattern. If your complaint is related to sports or exercise, bring the shoes you use for the activity.
During Your Visit
Clear communication between you and the podiatrist is very important. Consider the following:
Be sure you understand the podiatrist’s diagnosis of your condition. If you have questions, ask the foot doctor to go over the information again.
Inform the podiatrist if you have other health conditions and/or are being treated by other physicians.
Let the foot doctor know if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, and also if you have any allergies.
Make sure you understand all the podiatrist’s instructions regarding your treatment and any medications prescribed.
Double check that all the questions you brought in have been answered.
After Your Appointment
Follow up after your visit by:
Scheduling a follow up appointment if necessary.
Make appointments for any tests the podiatrist has requested.
Call the office for test results if you do not hear back when you are supposed to.
Inform the foot doctor if there are any changes or worsening of your condition.
If you have questions about when to see a podiatrist, contact us.