Patient Checklist

Is this the first time you have visited a podiatrist? Well, don't worry. This handy guide will prepare you for your appointment and help make the most of your time with the foot and ankle expert.

Before Your Visit:

  • Make a list of your symptoms and questions.

  • Make a list of all medications and any previous surgeries.

  • Gather and bring important medical records and laboratory test reports from other doctors or hospitals (including X-rays, MRIs, and lab results).

  • Check with your insurance provider to see if a referral is needed.

  • Call before your visit to tell the office if you have special needs.

  • Bring a friend or family member if you think it will be helpful.

  • If your problem involves walking and/or exercise, bring your walking/exercise shoes with you to the appointment.

During Your Visit:

  • Go over your list of questions.

  • If you do not understand an answer, be sure to ask for further explanation.

  • Take notes and listen carefully.

  • Discuss your symptoms and any recent changes you may have noticed.

  • Talk about all new medications.

  • Ask why it has been prescribed, and how to take it.

Describe any allergies.

  • Tell your podiatrist if you are pregnant or if you are trying to get pregnant.

  • Let your podiatrist know if you are being treated by other doctors.

After Your Visit:

  • Prepare for any tests your podiatrist orders.

  • Ask about what you need to do to get ready, possible side effects, and when you can expect results.

  • Ask when and how the test results will be made available to you.

  • Schedule a follow-up appointment (if necessary) before you leave your podiatrist's office.

  • Call your podiatrist's office and ask for your test results if you do not hear from the office when you are supposed to.

*Source: APMA