Tips from a New York Podiatrist: Be Prepared for Your 1st Office Visit

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Nov 25, 2014 9:00:00 AM

new_york_podiatrist_handshakeYou’ll find yourself visiting a podiatrist if you have chronic foot pain caused by a variety of problems and lifestyle choices or a foot or ankle injury. A podiatrist is a foot doctor. They specialize in problems involving your feet and ankles and how to treat them. If you’re experiencing foot pain the best thing you can do for yourself is schedule a consultation with a podiatrist as soon as possible. A New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare will first help you manage the pain right away, then will ask you questions in order to make a proper diagnosis and treatment recommendations. Before you contact a podiatrist, it helps to be prepared.

Know Your Symptoms

Why are you visiting the podiatrist in the first place? Come prepared with a list of symptoms that you’re experiencing. Try to be as detailed as possible. For example, note the day and time your foot problem is the worst, the shoes you’re wearing, what you did that day, and even the weather outside. The more information you include the more context the New York podiatrist will have. You can begin educating yourself by reviewing our patient library.

Do Your Own Background Check

This is a background check on yourself, not the podiatrist (see #3 for that!). Come prepared with any important background information about your medical history and family history. If you are currently taking any medications, jot those down or bring the bottles in so the podiatrist knows what you’re taking, the dosage, and how often. This will allow the New York podiatrist to be aware of any health conditions you may have and to accurately be able to prescribe medications that won’t interfere with current medicines you’re taking.

Check the Qualifications of the Podiatrist & Practice

Just like other doctors, podiatrists have their areas of expertise too. For example, Dr. Adler is a Professor of Minimally Invasive Surgery by the Academy for Ambulatory Foot and Ankle Surgery. Adler Footcare is recognized as a HyProCure® Center of Excellence, one of 11 nationwide. Doctors Adler, Tievsky and Kulhan are all Master Surgeons for HyProCure® implantation. The on-premise operatory Podiatric OR of Midtown Manhattan has received Joint Commission Accreditation. These kinds of designations mean that our New York podiatrists and the practice meet a specific set of standards and are routinely evaluated by outside nationally recognized organizations to assure excellent surgical outcomes and patient safety.

Being well-prepared for your first visit will ensure the doctor has all the needed information to provide the best care for you. Your first visit with a podiatrist at Adler Footcare allows you to ask questions and get to know your New York podiatrist. Meet our doctors here and rest assured that at Adler Footcare we believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.

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Topics: Foot Care, Tips from a New York Podiatrist