Things to Consider When Visiting a Podiatrist

Feet If you're suffering from Achilles tendonitis, you'll need to visit an ankle specialist in Conroe, TX. If you have a bunion or ingrown toenail, you'll need to go to a foot specialist. Whether an ankle, lower leg, or foot problem, you're headed to a podiatrist's office. You'll need to prepare for the visit.


Insurance

Check to see if your insurance will cover your visit to the podiatrist. Your insurance provider may require a referral.


Your Symptoms

Make a list of your symptoms. Do you experience constant or intermittent pain? Where is the pain? Do certain activities aggravate the pain in your ankle or foot? What have you tried to relieve the pain? For the podiatrist to make an accurate diagnosis, you'll need to describe your symptoms in detail.


Medications

Bring a list of your medications to your appointment with the podiatrist. Certain medications have side effects. For example, some medications cause feet or ankles to swell.


Medical Records

Bring your medical records, test results, and lab work with you. Don't assume that the podiatrist already has this information.


Relevant Information

Reveal anything you think may be relevant. Tell the podiatrist or the staff about any allergies you have. Let someone know if you are pregnant.


Shoes

Bring the shoes you normally wear. If the problem with your feet is related to walking or exercising, bring the shoes you wear when walking or exercising. The problem could be your shoes, not your feet.


Dos and Don'ts

Here are some things you should and should not do before visiting a podiatrist:


    • Wash your feet and wear clean socks.
    • You don't need to shave your legs.
    • Don't get a pedicure.
    • Don't paint your toenails. Clear nails permit the podiatrist to assess conditions, like a fungus, more easily.
    • Don't cut your toenails short. The podiatrist may need to take a sample of the nail.
    • Ask questions. Prepare a list of questions before your visit so you don't forget one.

After the Visit

After your initial visit, the podiatrist may order tests. Ask what you'll need to do before the tests, whether the tests will have side effects, and when the results will be available. Schedule a follow-up appointment if necessary. Call the podiatrist to check on your results.