Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You're likely to start by seeing your family doctor or regular health care provider. Depending on the suspected cause of foot drop, you may be referred to a doctor who specializes in brain and nerve disorders (neurologist).

Because appointments can be brief, and because there's often a lot of ground to cover, it's a good idea to be well prepared for your appointment. Here's some information to help you.

What you can do

  • Write down any symptoms you're experiencing, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment.
  • Take note of key personal information, including any major stresses or recent life changes.
  • Make a list of all medications, as well as any vitamins or supplements, that you're taking.
  • Write down questions to ask your doctor. Your time with your doctor is limited, so preparing a list of questions will help you make the most of your time together.

For foot drop, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:

  • What's causing my symptoms?
  • What kinds of tests do I need?
  • Is my condition likely temporary or chronic?
  • What treatment do you recommend?
  • Do you have any brochures or other printed material that I can take home with me?

In addition to the questions that you've prepared to ask your doctor, don't hesitate to ask questions anytime you don't understand something.

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, such as:

  • When did you first notice symptoms?
  • Are your symptoms present all the time, or do they come and go?
  • Does anything seem to make your symptoms better?
  • Does anything seem to make your symptoms worse?
  • Do you notice any weakness in your legs?
  • Does your foot slap the floor when you walk?
  • Do you have numbness or tingling in your foot or leg?
  • Do you have a history of diabetes?
  • Do you have any other muscle weakness?
Nov. 10, 2011