Unlike visiting your regular physician, podiatrists specialize in a certain area: your feet. When you experience pain or discomfort in your feet or ankles, it is time to contact a podiatrist. There are specific things you will want to do in order to prepare for your podiatrist.
Lists: In order for your podiatrist to help you in the best way possible, they will want to know where your foot hurts, when it does, previous medications, etc. You’ll want to make sure that you have answers to all of these questions, particularly questions about your symptoms. Make a list of symptoms and any medication you’re on, as well as any questions you have about your feet.
Insurance: Know who your insurance provider is and have your insurance card with you. In addition, check with them to see if a referral is necessary.
Discuss: When you are at your appointment, really talk to your doctor about what your symptoms are, what treatment options are available, any allergies you may have, and more. Your podiatrist is there to help you and without the proper information, they will not be able to give you the best care you deserve.
After your appointment, be sure to know when your test results will be available, when applicable. Before you leave, understand what your treatment plan completely and schedule any follow-up appointments you may need.
Foot pain is not normal. The best option for you is to visit a podiatrist rather than your regular physician, as they are trained in foot and ankle problems. Contact Alpine Foot Specialists to schedule your podiatric appointment today.
Courtesy of: American Podiatric Medical Association