It’s normal to feel nervous about seeing a new doctor. However, the discomfort you feel about your visit is nothing compared to the foot pain you have been living with— especially since your anxiety can be overcome with a little preparation.
How to Make the Most of Your Visit to Our Podiatry Offices
The first thing you need to know is that our doctors and staff will do everything possible to make your office experience enjoyable. We have seen nearly every type of foot condition, so there is no need to be embarrassed or to attempt to hide your pain. The more you share with us, the better our chances of finding the right solution.
Here are a few things that can help us find the right course of treatment:
- Write down your symptoms. Little details can make a big difference in your diagnosis. Make note of the things that ease or decrease your pain, the date or even when you first noticed the problem, and how you have been treating your feet at home.
- Come as you are. People who are self-conscious about clinical examinations may choose to dress up for the occasion, getting a pedicure or painting their nails. Unfortunately, this can make it more difficult to do nail cultures or take nail samples to confirm your diagnosis.
- Wear your everyday shoes. Your shoes can reveal a lot of information about how you walk, how your weight is distributed, and other body mechanics. If you have any orthotics or walking devices, bring these too!
- Tell us your biggest concerns. We want to know about your activities both before and after the injury, any special needs you have, and how your condition is affecting your lifestyle.
- Bring a list of current medications. We will need some basic medical information, such as the medications you are taking, relevant lab tests, drug allergies, and whether you have undergone any previous surgeries.
- Ask questions. We want you to be comfortable with your treatment plan. If you have concerns about fitting your treatment into your daily life, please let us know so we can address them and avoid further injury.
If you are suffering pain in your feet or ankles, the foot specialists at Greater Washington Advanced Podiatry offer free initial consultations and can create a customized treatment plan to get you back on your feet as soon as possible. Simply fill out our online contact form or call us at (301) 515-FEET to set up your first visit.