Key Information to Bring to Your First Office Visit
Your first visit to the podiatrist will require laying some groundwork as it relates to your medical history. We’ve pulled together a few key pieces of information to help ensure your first visit is smooth sailing.
While it may or may not be directly related to your current injury, providing a comprehensive medical history is incredibly valuable. Be sure to notify your podiatrist of any former injuries you’ve had, medicines you may be taking or illnesses that we should know about. Any diseases in your medical history or your family medical history related to nervous system issues, spinal problems or birth defects should be disclosed.
If you’re currently undergoing any treatment, such as chemotherapy or vaccinations, be sure to let your podiatrist know. Any type of surgery you may be preparing for will fall under the current treatment category as well.
Injury Related Information
Give careful consideration to when your specific foot, ankle or heel injury occurred. Was it sudden and specifically related to an activity or did it develop over time? You’ll want to provide as much detail about your symptoms as possible. Has your injury caused any other issues, such as an infection? Give consideration to whether your injuries have caused any level of paralysis and be sure to communicate that if so.
Taking your medical history is only one component of your first visit. Your podiatrist will also conduct a physical examination. A physical examination will provide your podiatrist valuable insights into your nervous system as well as your muscles and bones. Depending on what information your podiatrist gleans from your physical examination, further testing may be required.
Remember, painting as accurate of a representation of your medical history as possible will help your podiatrist effectively diagnose and treat your foot, ankle or heel injury.