Preparing for your appointmentBy Mayo Clinic staff
If you're having problems with your feet, you're likely to start off by seeing your primary care doctor. In some cases, however, your primary care doctor may refer you to a foot specialist (podiatrist).
What you can do
To make the most of your time with your doctor, prepare a list of questions before your visit. Your questions might include:
- What's causing my foot problems?
- Is this condition likely to be temporary or permanent?
- What treatment approach do you recommend?
- Am I a candidate for surgery? Why or why not?
- Are there any additional self-care steps that might help?
If you have trouble understanding what your doctor says at any time during your appointment, don't hesitate to ask for clarification.
What to expect from your doctor
Some questions your doctor may ask of you include:
- When did you first begin having foot problems?
- How much pain do you have in your foot?
- Where is the pain located?
- What, if anything, seems to improve your symptoms?
- What, if anything, appears to worsen your symptoms?
- What type of shoes do you normally wear?
What you can do in the meantime
While you're waiting for your appointment, avoid wearing shoes or doing activities that seem to make your foot problems worse. Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes with good arch support and plenty of room for your toes.
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