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What to Expect at the Podiatrist

Published on March 1st, 2021

At Great Lakes Foot & Ankle Centers, we do everything possible to make our patients feel at ease. We understand that doctor visits can be a source of anxiety for many people, even when they’re seeking treatment for a minor issue with a simple fix. To help ease those anxieties, we’ve put together this brief guide to inform potential patients about what to expect at the podiatrist.

If you’re visiting us for the first time, we’ll ask you to complete a few forms detailing your complete medical history. Foot problems, like any medical condition, are often intertwined with issues elsewhere in the body. Granted, conditions like ingrown toenails are probably isolated issues. But like any doctor, it’s important for your podiatrist to have a complete understanding of your health in order to develop the best possible treatment plan.

After patients finish filling out their medical history, we invite them into one of our examination rooms to discuss their current concerns. Whether your arch is aching from plantar fasciitis or heel spurs hurt your first steps in the morning, we want to hear why you’ve decided to visit a podiatrist. It’s helpful for us to know when the foot or ankle condition started bothering you, if it’s changed in any way since you first noticed it, as well as any recent changes in your life or diet.

Once you’ve helped us understand the nature and extent of your foot pain, we perform a physical examination. In podiatric medicine, we can diagnose many of the most common issues with a simple visual evaluation. Others may require x-rays or other tests to provide us with a full understanding of the problem.

With the diagnosis complete, we’ll explain the condition to you and discuss possible treatment plans. We can clear up a wide variety of issues with simple, non-invasive treatments, including medicinal ointments you can apply at home and/or physical therapy. More complex issues, such as diabetic foot care, often entail a multi-pronged approach. But before we begin treatment, we’ll make sure you understand all of your options and are comfortable with the path forward.

Now that you know what to expect at the podiatrist, your next visit should be worry free. As a leading foot and ankle specialist in Racine, we’ve treated every kind of podiatric issue there is. So whether you’re suffering from plantar warts or poor circulation, we can help. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment so we can help you overcome whatever it is that ails you.

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