Consider foot pain as a warning sign of potential health problems. Fungal infections, corns, calluses, ingrown toenails, bunions, and odor are all common problems that can trigger a visit to a medical professional. It is best to see a podiatrist before the problem becomes more serious. It is better to address the problem as soon as you feel uncomfortable than to wait for the symptoms to worsen. Find out more about podiatrists before you make an appointment so you are prepared.
A Typical Office Visit
An initial visit with a podiatrist is usually more of a conversation than anything else. The foot doctor is expected to ask a lot of questions in order to learn more about your symptoms and problems. Even if your feet are bothering you, chiropractors know the typical problems that many people suffer from. Your particular problem will be no more unusual or uncomfortable than any other patient’s problem that the doctor treats. A podiatrist may observe and evaluate your gait. Your typical gait pattern is an important factor in considering your health and foot problems.
Preparing for your appointment
Good preparation will help you get the most out of your appointment. Write down details of your medical history in case you may have forgotten. Also fill in details of any surgeries, illnesses, family health history, etc. If you have copies of test results or x-rays related to your current problem, please bring them with you. Write down any medications that you are currently taking, including over-the-counter medications such as vitamins. Bring the shoes you wear most often or bring them with you to your appointment. The podiatrist will examine these shoes and determine typical wearing patterns, which may provide important diagnostic information. If you have specific questions or concerns, write them down so that you can recall these issues. Think about when you are most likely to experience symptoms so that you can report them to your doctor. For example, if you feel discomfort when exercising or sitting down, make a note of it so you can tell your doctor later. If necessary, keep a diary of your symptoms for a few days.
What not to do
Many people may be tempted to be overprotective before going to a pedicure salon. If you are a woman, you may want to shave your legs before your visit, but this is not necessary. Do not wear pedicures or cover your toenails with nail polish. Do not polish your toenails so that the podiatrist can see them better. Do not cut your toenails. This will allow the doctor to take a sample, if necessary.
Wash your feet well before going to the chiropractor. Doctors usually like to see clean feet. Wear clean socks to prevent bad odors. Prepare a list of questions so that you can make an appointment with a clear understanding of the problem. Make sure you understand the information given to you by the doctor. Ask follow-up questions to learn as much as you can about your condition and the recommended treatment.
If your feet are not hurting, it is easy to neglect them. To keep your feet healthy, pay attention to symptoms and be proactive in seeking medical attention if a problem arises. With early diagnosis, problems can often be minimized and easily overcome.