Is this the first time you have visited a podiatrist? This handy guide will prepare you for your appointment and help make the most of your time with us.
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).
- 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.
- Discuss your symptoms and any recent changes you may have noticed.
- Talk about all new medications.
- 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.
We will conduct an assessment to work out the cause of your problem and to establish which treatment is right for you. This may involve watching you walk, treating any skin lesions if required, providing padding or strapping to your foot and assessing your footwear. Most foot problems are easily diagnosed and managed using a variety of treatments but some may require diagnostic x-rays or ultrasound or prescription medications; foot and ankle orthotics, or foot surgery.
A follow up appointment may be required if other management is required such as orthotics.