Getting Ready for Your Podiatrist Appointment
Have you made an appointment with your podiatrist? Good for you! With years of specialized training and experience, your podiatrist is an expert and the best-qualified medical professional to examine, diagnose, and treat your feet, ankles, and lower legs. Here are some recommendations from Dr. Boris Abramov and Dr. Tatyana Abramova to help you make the most of your time with your foot doctor.
Enlist a friend or family member to bring you to your appointment if you’re not able to drive yourself.
Consider your symptoms. Be ready to describe them in detail. Not just, “My foot hurts,” but where does it hurt? What does the pain feel like? Is it stabbing? Burning? Throbbing?
Think through any questions you might want to ask.
Know your medical history, including past illnesses and surgeries.
Make a list of all of your medications, including dosages.
Bring any relevant medical records and your insurance card with you.
Don’t worry about shaving your legs or getting a pedicure. Your podiatrist is a doctor! She or he is interested in hygiene that might affect foot health, but not in a little bit of razor stubble or the color of your toenails. In fact, diagnosing some issues such as ingrown toenails or toenail fungus requires that the doctor be able to see the whole nail clearly.
It’s not unusual for footwear to be the source of unexplained foot pain. If your feet hurt, bring your everyday shoes or athletic shoes for the doctor to inspect.
Tuck a little notebook into your bag and feel free to take notes while the doctor talks to you. It can be hard to remember everything you hear, and you may want to do some further investigation after you get home.
If you’re experiencing foot pain or if you have any concerns about the health and well-being of your feet, ankles, and lower legs, it’s time to see a podiatrist. Schedule a convenient appointment with Boris Abramov, DPM and Tatyana Abramova, DPM in Abramov’s Comprehensive Foot Care’s comfortable Pikesville office today. Call our friendly staff at 443-872-7052 or click here to get started today.