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Talking to Your Doctor About Foot Pain
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
- Write your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get. Make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask the doctor to explain further, if needed.
- Don't be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are talking about. You have a right to know.
- What sort of footwear do you recommend for me?
- In my case, what caused the pain I'm having?
- Can I do something about this?
- Given my anatomy and activities, what are my risks for foot problems? How can I best prevent trouble?
- Should I see a foot specialist, such as an orthopedic surgeon or a podiatrist?
- What treatment options are available for this condition?
- Will I ever need surgery?
- Should I see a different specialist for this problem?
- Should I talk to my diabetes doctor about this?
Is there an activity I should avoid because of my foot condition?
- Will I be able to return to it later on?
- Do I need a walking aid?
- How can I prevent further pain?
- Will this get worse and limit my activities? Is it only temporary?
- Do I need to be concerned about this condition returning?
- Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board James Cornell, MD
- Review Date: 03/2017
- Update Date: 03/15/2015