Make the Most of Your Podiatrist Visit
A podiatrist is a doctor who deals with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of lower extremity conditions, which includes your lower legs, ankles, feet and, toes. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in any of those areas, it’s best to make an appointment with a podiatrist so that you can have your condition evaluated and diagnosed and the foot doctor can prescribe any necessary treatment. If you don’t currently have a podiatrist, we at FL Foot Health can help you find one in your area with our online directory.
Here are a few tips on how to ensure that your podiatrist appointment is productive and helpful.
Before Your Visit:
Make a list of your symptoms. Write down any questions that you want to ask the podiatrist.
The podiatrist will want to get your medical history. Be prepared to give a list of any previous lower extremity surgeries as well as health conditions you have now or have had in the past. The foot doctor will also want to know about any medications you are currently taking and any allergies.
If you have medical records, laboratory test results, x-rays or any other test results that pertain to your foot problem, bring them with you or have them sent to the podiatrist ahead of your appointment.
Check with your insurance company to see if you need a referral for your appointment.
Let the office know if you have special needs.
If your foot problem is related to walking or exercise, bring the shoes you wear for those activities to your appointment.
Ask a friend or family member to accompany you if it would be helpful.
During Your Visit:
Tell the podiatrist about your current symptoms and any changes you’ve noticed in your feet.
Go over your list of questions. If you do not understand the podiatrist’s answer, ask for a further explanation.
If you have asked someone to accompany you ask them to take notes or you can take notes on what the foot doctor tells you.
Let your podiatrist know if you are being treated by another doctor or doctors.
Go over any treatment or medications your podiatrist is prescribing and make sure you understand fully how to implement or take. Tell the podiatrist if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant.
After Your Visit:
Arrange for any tests your podiatrist wants you to have.
Schedule a follow-up appointment and make sure you receive test results.
To learn more about how to better care for the health of your feet, contact us.