Your first appointment – (Your possible preparation).
If this is the first time to visit podiatrist.
Don’t worry, this simple guide will help you prepare you for your first appointment & help make the most of your scheduled time.
Before you visit.
• Make a list of your symptoms and questions.
• Make a list of all medications, illnesses, injuries and surgical procedures.
• Bring any records you may have of X-rays, MRIs, and lab results.
• If you have medical insurance you should check with your provider before your appointment (to see if a referral is needed).
• Call before your visit to tell the podiatry office if you have special needs.
• Bring a friend or family member if you think it will be helpful.
• If your problem involves walking and/or exercise, bring your walking/exercise /sports shoes with you to the appointment.
During your visit .
• Go over your list of questions.
• If you do not understand an answer, be sure to ask for further explanation.
• Take notes and listen carefully.
• Discuss your symptoms and any recent changes you may have noticed.
• Talk about all new medications.
• Describe any allergies.
• Tell your podiatrist if you are pregnant or if you are trying to get pregnant.
• Let your podiatrist know if you are being treated by other professionals.
After your visit.
• Prepare for any tests that the podiatrist may advise.
• Ask about what you need to do to get ready, possible side effects, and when you can expect results.
• Ask when and how the test results will be made available to you.
• Schedule a follow-up appointment (if necessary) before you leave your podiatrist’s clinic.