Your First Visit to a Podiatrist
There are many reasons that patients schedule a visit to see James M. McKee, DPM, FACFAS or any other podiatrist for the first time. Some have experienced foot and ankle injuries. Others have received a diagnosis of diabetes and know that the care of their feet has become particularly important to prevent complications. Still others have foot pain when they stand or walk and don’t know why. Whatever the reason, at some point, every patient has a first visit to a podiatrist’s office. If you have scheduled a first visit, you might have questions. Here is some advice from Dr. James M. McKee to help you feel comfortable the first time you see a foot and ankle expert:
1. Come prepared. Make a list of your symptoms and their history. Check in with your insurance company to be sure you understand your coverage and ask if you need a referral. Bring any test results, including lab results and images such as x-rays, with you.
2. Let go of your embarrassment. Your podiatrist is a medical specialist with years of training and experience. S/he has seen thousands of feet over the course of his or her career. There’s nothing weird or unpleasant about yours.
3. Ask questions during your appointment. Be sure you understand your doctor’s diagnosis and treatment plan. It’s better to clarify this information with your doctor than to look it up on the internet when you get home.
4. If a follow up visit is recommended, schedule it before you leave. Some conditions require ongoing care.
5. After your visit, be sure to follow your doctor’s directions and take any medication exactly as prescribed. this is the best way to protect your foot health.
If you are experiencing discomfort in your feet, ankles, or lower legs, or if you have a concern about the health and wellness of these parts of your body, it’s time to see a podiatrist. Schedule a visit in Podiatry Group of Annapolis, P.A.’s modern, comfortable office on Solomons Island Road. Call our friendly staff at 410-224-4448 or click here today.