Our feet and ankles are the most overlooked part of the body. While we notice every other bodily structure on a daily basis, we hardly notice our feet and ankles, which support the entire weight of our bodies. Whether you go for a morning run or wait in line at a grocery store, your feet and ankles are always there to support you. When they are hurt, it can change your mobility, productivity, and quality of life.
When your foot or ankle is hurt, it’s important to see a foot and ankle doctor for treatment and avoid further damage. Before seeing your foot and ankle doctor, it’s important to compile a list of questions that you can ask. Having a list of questions will ensure you don’t forget to ask about your concerns or specific questions.
Here are some important questions you can ask your foot and ankle doctor and the responses you can expect.
What is Wrong with My Foot or Ankle?
This is often the major question patients ask their doctor during appointments. To answer this question, your doctor will ask what your symptoms are, how long you have been experiencing symptoms, and what possibly could have caused them. You will be asked to provide a complete medical history, including conditions you have had in the past, your current medical conditions, and any medications you are taking. After getting all the necessary information, your foot and ankle doctor will be in a better position to diagnose your condition. They will do a physical examination and may perform some tests for a better diagnosis. After a complete assessment, your doctor will make a diagnosis and make treatment recommendations.
Why and How Did the Issue Occur/Develop?
When you feel pain after an injury, you know the injury caused the pain. However, sometimes, the cause of your condition is not apparent. For example, you may be unaware that your foot condition is due to diabetes, or that being overweight or wearing ill-fitting shoes is resulting in pain.
Often, an underlying medical condition, behavior, or lifestyle contributes to a foot or ankle problem. Your doctor will help you find out the factors or underlying causes of your problem.
How Will You Treat My Foot or Ankle Problem?
After making a diagnosis, your foot and ankle doctor will customize a treatment plan for you. Asking for details about your condition and treatment will make you familiar with your treatment plan, and you are more likely to stick to it.
Your doctor will discuss all possible treatment options with you and help select the best treatment for your condition. They will also guide you about your medications and how they play a role in treating your condition.
How Can I Prevent the Problem from Happening Again?
It’s wise to ask this question to prevent the same condition from happening again. Your doctor will share some preventive measures to keep your feet and ankle safe. These simple measures include:
- Keeping your feet clean to prevent fungal infection
- Making sure your salon sterilizes equipment before pedicures
- Massaging your feet regularly if you suffer from diabetes or high blood pressure
- Regularly inspecting your feet for minor injuries or cuts when suffering from diabetes
- Wearing shoes that are comfortable and fit just right to prevent calluses, corns, bunions, and lesions
Foot and Ankle Doctor at Advanced Orthopedic Center in Port Charlotte, Florida
Whatever foot problem you may be experiencing, our skilled foot and ankle doctor, Dr. Steven Anthony, at Advanced Orthopedic Center is here to help. Dr. Anthony is dedicated to getting you back on your feet as quickly and comfortably as possible.
Call Advanced Orthopedics Center today at (941) 629-6262 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Anthony, or use our convenient online form.