Of all the things you should prepare for, one of the most critical ones is a visit to the podiatrist. Your time with a doctor is limited, so you want to be able to communicate all the pertinent information about your symptoms and lifestyle for better quality treatment that you are going to be happy with. Going to the doctor can be anxiety-inducing, as nobody likes to be sick, and coming in prepared gives you confidence and a sense of control.
A visit to a podiatrist, or foot and ankle doctor, is as important as your visit to any other doctor. Foot health is for better function and continued mobility. Below, we share with you some tips on how to come prepared for your visit to the podiatrist.
Be Clear and Detailed About Your Symptoms
Before your appointment, take some time to think about your foot symptoms and make a list of them, so you don’t forget anything. Be honest about your symptoms – the podiatrist is a highly trained doctor who has seen it all, from simple to rare and complex conditions. Include information such as when the symptoms appear, what makes them worse, what makes them better, and what treatments you have been administering so far.
The podiatrist may ask you about your lifestyle and other factors that can influence your foot and ankle health. Let the foot and ankle doctor know more about your medical history, family medical history, lifestyle, and occupation, so they can get clear understanding of you as a person and your symptoms.
Bring Your Footwear
When visiting a podiatrist, it’s important to wear comfortable, supportive footwear that is easy for you to take off when the doctor examines your feet. It is also important to bring your often-worn footwear for work, exercise, and sports, so the podiatrist can assess their features.
Bring Relevant Medical Records
If you have had any previous foot or ankle injuries or surgeries, bring along any relevant medical records, such as X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs, as well as laboratory tests and previous treatment records. This will help the podiatrist to better understand your medical history and create a treatment plan that is highly effective.
Lastly, it’s always a good idea to arrive early for your appointment, so you have time to relax and communicate in a calm, clear, and concise manner.
Experienced Podiatrist in Naples, FL
Dr. Cody Togher is our fellowship-trained foot and ankle surgeon at the Joint Replacement Institute. Dr. Togher appreciates patients who are prepared for their visit and works with them to achieve the best possible outcomes from treatment. Dr. Togher also regularly treats professional and amateur athletes who are at high risk of foot and ankle injuries.
Whatever your podiatric issue may be, Dr. Togher will handle your feet with great care and treat you with respect and compassion. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Togher, call our office today at (239) 261-2663 or use our convenient online request form.