Get Tips On Preparing For A Visit To The Podiatrist.
Podiatrists are doctors who specialize in treating the feet and ankles. A family doctor may be able to treat minor foot conditions, but if you’re having a specific foot problem, it’s best to see a Kirkland podiatrist.
Visiting a podiatrist for the first time? Many patients delay a much-needed visit to the podiatrist because they feel ill-prepared. Here are some do’s and don’ts to keep in mind to ensure that your visit to a podiatrist runs smoothly.
- Check with your insurance provider to determine whether a referral is needed.
- Make a list of your symptoms and keep a log of when the condition started, what aggravates it, and what diminishes the pain.
- Mention even the slightest symptoms because minor issues can lead to major problems down the road.
- Take notes and listen carefully to what the podiatrist says.
- Make sure you understand what the doctor recommends.
- Bring important medical records and laboratory tests with you.
- Make a list of any medications you’re taking and surgeries you’ve had.
- Describe your allergies.
- Tell your podiatrist if you’re pregnant or planning to get pregnant.
- Bring a pair of shoes that you usually wear, so the podiatrist can inspect their wear pattern.
- If your problem involves exercise, bring your exercise shoes with you to your appointment.
- Wash your feet before your appointment and wear clean socks because feet can become smelly at times. Your podiatrist will appreciate it!
- Don’t feel the need to shave your legs. Women often feel embarrassed about having hairy legs but hair on the legs and toes is actually a sign of healthy blood flow.
- Don’t get a pedicure. Many patients feel like they need to look more presentable for their visit to a podiatrist by getting a pedicure. However, many pedicure facilities are not sterile and can actually cause fungal, bacterial, and viral infections.
- Don’t paint or trim your toenails. If you have a condition like toenail fungus, the podiatrist will examine your toenails and possibly take a sample. Clear nails will allow your podiatrist to assess your nails more effectively.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions about your condition and treatment plan. If you don’t understand the podiatrist’s answers, ask for clarification.
Our feet are among our most neglected body parts, despite the fact that they’re the hardest working. Foot conditions often go unnoticed, and if left untreated, they can cause discomfort and lead to additional health problems. What’s worse, many people are afraid or embarrassed to visit the podiatrist because they feel like they aren’t prepared or their feet are too unsightly.
Foot problems that commonly cause embarrassment among patients include ingrown toenails, bunions, fungal infections, corns and calluses, and foot odor. You shouldn’t be embarrassed about visiting the podiatrist, however. It is a podiatrist’s job to treat feet, and your podiatrist has surely seen patients with similar problems before.
Schedule An Appointment With A Kirkland Podiatrist
To schedule an appointment with a Kirkland podiatrist, contact the Integrative Foot & Ankle Centers of Washington today. Call (425) 678-3877 fill out our online contact form to get in touch. We have locations in Kirkland, Redmond, Everett, and Renton.