Trying something new can be nerve-wracking. Think back to the first time you learned to ride a bike, or rode your first roller coaster. You were probably excited, but you may have been a little nervous, too, because you weren’t entirely sure what to expect. Other new experiences—like visiting a new doctor—can be even more nerve-wracking, though, as you deal with your foot pain. Preparing ahead of time for your first podiatry visit can help you cut back your nervousness and feel confident and calm as you go to your appointment.
As you get closer to your first appointment, preparing the things you need to bring with you will help avoid last-minute scrambling. Many offices, including ours in Berkeley, CA, have new patient forms that can be printed off. Filling out these forms beforehand means you won’t have to take extra time doing them on the spot at the front desk. Instead you can simply hand them to the front desk staff, along with your ID and insurance cards.
Preparation can make the post-check in time easier, too. By writing down your medications, relevant medical history, and any questions you may have, you ensure you won’t forget that information when you’re talking to the doctor.
Once you’re actually at your first appointment, you’ll spend some time talking about your symptoms and what brought you in that day. Then your feet will be evaluated. This definitely means looking at and feeling your lower limbs, but you might also be asked to stand up, walk around, or perform certain movements, depending on your complaints. Some injuries might even require diagnostic imaging.
Through all of this, our team is happy to answer your questions. We want to make sure you understand what is going on and what will come next. Once we have a clearer picture of a diagnosis, we’ll go over treatment options with you. These will be different depending on what’s up with your feet as well as your unique needs.
Your first podiatry visit doesn’t have to be a nerve-wracking experience. After all, it’s your first step toward healthier feet. Preparation and knowing what’s coming can help you get the most out of your appointment. If you have any questions about what to expect or what to bring to our office, please let us know! Simply contact Yuko Miyazaki, DPM through the website or by calling (510) 647-3744.