Preparing for your appointment

You're likely to start by seeing your primary care doctor or a foot specialist (podiatrist or orthopedic foot specialist).

What you can do

To make the most of your time with your doctor, prepare a list of questions before your visit. Your questions might include:

  • What's causing my foot problems?
  • Is this condition likely to be temporary or permanent?
  • What treatment approach do you recommend?
  • Am I a candidate for surgery? Why or why not?
  • Are there additional self-care steps that might help?

Don't hesitate to ask any other questions.

What to expect from your doctor

Some questions your doctor might ask include:

  • When did you begin having foot problems?
  • How much pain do you have in your foot?
  • Where is the pain?
  • What, if anything, seems to improve your symptoms?
  • What, if anything, appears to worsen your symptoms?
  • What type of shoes do you wear?
Nov. 08, 2016
References
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  3. Bunions. American Podiatric Medical Association. http://www.apma.org/Learn/FootHealth.cfm?ItemNumber=979. Accessed Aug. 24, 2016.