Talking to Your Doctor About Foot Pain
Talk openly and often with your healthcare provider. It will help you make the best choices for your care.
Tips for Getting Information
Here are some tips that will help you talk to your doctor:
- Bring someone with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask. They may also be able to provide more details to the doctor.
- Write down your questions so you do not forget them.
- Write down the answers you get. Make sure you grasp what you are hearing. Ask for help, if needed.
- Do not be afraid to ask questions. Ask where you can learn more. You have a right to know.
Questions to Ask
About Your Feet and Your Foot Problem
- What sort of footwear do you think I should wear?
- What is causing my pain?
- Can I do something about this?
About Your Risk of Getting Foot Problems
- What are my risks for foot problems? How can I prevent problems?
- Should I see a foot specialist, such as an orthopedic surgeon or a podiatrist?
- What are my options to treat this problem?
- Will I need surgery?
- Should I see a specialist?
About Lifestyle Changes
- Is there an activity I should avoid because of my foot problem?
- Will I be able to go back to it later?
- Do I need a walking aid?
- How can I prevent more pain?
- Will this get worse and limit my activities? Is it only temporary?
- Do I need to worry about this problem coming back?
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- Getting the most out of your doctor appointment. Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: https://familydoctor.org/tips-for-talking-to-your-doctor.
- Warren A. Bodine, DO, CAQSM
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