Your first appointment.

Your first appointment  – (preparation).

Patient Checklist. 

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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.