Preparing for your appointmentBy Mayo Clinic staff
While you may initially consult your family physician, he or she may refer you to a doctor who specializes in orthopedic surgery.
What you can do
You may want to write a list that includes:
- Detailed descriptions of your symptoms
- A concise explanation of how the injury occurred
- Information about other medical problems you've had
- All the medications and dietary supplements you take
- Questions you want to ask the doctor
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor may ask some of the following questions:
- How did this injury occur?
- Were you barefoot at the time?
- Exactly where does it hurt?
- Is more than one toe involved?
- Do any particular foot motions make your injury feel better or worse?
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