At Paul S. DeMarco, DPM, our goal is to provide you with the best podiatric care. That means a prompt and accurate diagnosis of your foot or ankle problem and a custom designed treatment plan that will help you get back to your normal, active life as quickly as possible. As a patient, you have a role to play in this process. Providing us with accurate and specific information about your symptoms can greatly increase the speed and effectiveness of treatment.
Here are some ways to prep for your podiatry appointment:
- Record your symptoms. Our podiatrist, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco, is going to want to know where exactly you are experiencing discomfort. Be able to describe what you are feeling: is it pain? If yes what kind of pain—stabbing, aching, burning. Do the symptoms come and go or are they always present? If you notice the pain after a particular activity, try to do that activity right before your appointment. Also be prepared to tell the foot doctor when the pain first began and any injury or other circumstances that occurred at its onset.
- Bring your shoes. Footwear can be a factor in many podiatric conditions. Shoes that are too tight or worn out can be a contributing cause to a foot problem. Bring the shoes that you wear most often or the ones that most noticeably bring on your symptoms. The wear pattern of your shoes can also provide important clues to the podiatrist regarding the structure and mechanics of your feet and your gait.
- Know your history. If this is your first visit, the foot doctor will want to get a complete medical history as well as perform an examination of your feet. Why? Many of the diseases that affect our whole body show signs or symptoms in the feet. Also, genetics and heredity play a role in many foot disorders.
- Have a list of questions. Of course you can always contact our Somers Point office after your appointment by calling us at: (609) 927-4894, but writing down any questions you have ahead of your appointment is a good way to make sure you leave with answers. Be sure you understand the treatment plan for your condition before you leave and also confirm what the follow up is for your condition.
A little bit of preparation can go a long way to smoothing the diagnosis and treatment process for your foot or ankle problem.