You’ve been experiencing some discomfort in your foot (or ankle) and you’ve made an appointment at Long Island Foot & Ankle Group, PC to get it evaluated. Below are some ways to prepare for your visit so that it will be of maximum benefit to you and enable our podiatrists, Dr. Russell Caprioli, Dr. Mary Ann Bilotti, Dr. John Haight or Dr. Marzana Mleczko to give you a prompt and accurate diagnosis and make your visit go as smoothly as possible.
Create a Symptom History—the foot doctor will want details about your symptoms. Take a few moments to jot down the following:
- When the symptoms first started
- How you would describe the pain—stabbing, burning, aching
- Is the pain constant or intermittent
- Is there any activity that makes the pain better or worse
Come Prepared—bring a list of any medications or supplements you are currently taking and also be sure to tell the podiatrist if you are currently being treated for any other medical conditions. Also bring the shoes that you wear most often or any footwear that you notice exacerbates the foot pain. The podiatrist may be able to get clues about your gait or the biomechanics of your feet which may aid in diagnosis.
Make a List—if you have questions about your condition be sure to write them down and bring the list with you to the foot doctor’s office. If you are concerned about remembering everything the physician tells you, consider asking a friend or relative to accompany you on the visit.
Be Accommodated—have difficulty with stairs or have other special needs? Call us ahead of time so that we can be prepared and make it as easy as possible for you to access our office.
Check Your Insurance—bring a current health insurance card with you and call your provider ahead of time to make sure you don’t need a referral for your appointment.