If you’ve never been to a podiatrist before, it can seem a little daunting as you don’t know what to expect. And, unfortunately, people are not usually showing up in podiatrist’s office until there is a problem—a big one—which typically compounds the anxiety associated with the visit.
In order to allay any fears or concerns about your podiatry visit, here is short list of some dos and don’ts before visiting your friendly foot doctor.
Don’t: Don’t feel the need to get a pedicure. Often, patients think that they need to get a pedicure to be “presentable” for their visit. Honestly, most pedicure establishments are not medically sterile and you can actually contract a “foot” problem while receiving a pedicure. Just skip it and save the money!
Don’t: Along the pedicure line, don’t polish nails before coming to see me. Such problems like fungal nails require me to see your toe nails in their natural state. Clear nail polish is o.k. though!
Do: Take notes on what’s bothering for you! Write down when the condition started, what makes it worse, and what helps it. Being prepared to answer questions accurately during a clinical examination makes the visit go more smoothly and aids in diagnosis.
Don’t: Don’t feel pressure to shave your legs. Many female patients will apologize for not shaving before their trip to the office. Having hair on your legs and toes is often a sign of good circulation. Absence of hair could actually signal circulation problems! So skip the razor and relax…
Stay tuned next week for Part II of The Do’s and Don’ts of Your Podiatry Visit!
If you or a loved one are looking for a podiatrist in the Sarasota-Bradenton area or are experiencing heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, Dr. Goecker, or Dr. Sotelo for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.
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