How To Prepare For The Podiatrist

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, although a large number of Americans (47%) have foot ailments, only about 26% actually go see a podiatrist in order to alleviate or even address the problem. You might be one of these Americans who have ignored or avoided dealing with your feet problems and therefore, haven’t visited the podiatrist. Before you show up at the podiatrist’s office, you’ll need to prepare for your appointment. In order to prepare do the following:

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Make sure to prepare for your podiatry appointment ahead of time.

– Create a list of what foot symptoms you might have and which questions you would like to ask

– Bring the list of medications you are on and any surgeries you might have had in the past

– Get together your medical records and any tests you’ve had done in the laboratory in any hospital or doctor’s office (this might be X-rays, MRIs, and labe results)

– Talk to your insurance company about whether or not a referral is needed

– Let the podiatry office know about any special needs you might have

– Take a close friend or a family member with you in case you are anxious or worried

During your visit make sure to have a discussion about any questions you might have and ask for further information if you don’t understand something. Pay close attention to what your podiatrist says about your specific condition and talk to him or her about any symptoms you might be enduring. Being as specific and honest as possible will help your doctor prescribe the best treatment or medicine for your condition. Also, be clear about any allergies you have and how to take the medicine your doctor prescribes you.

After your visit, make sure to follow the podiatrist orders and find out what exactly you need to do and possible side effects and how long it will take to see results. Next, set up a follow-up appointment before you leave the office. Also, prepare for any tests that your podiatrist might need you to take and find out when the tests results will be available. Keep track of the test results and make sure to call your doctor about the state of your results. Follow