Your Podiatrist Wants To Know

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At Gentle Professional Foot Care, we are committed to providing the best podiatric care possible. This means that our podiatrist, Dr. Charles A. Suleskey, may ask you some questions that you are not expecting. Being prepared for your appointment will help the foot doctor make an accurate and timely diagnosis and also help him devise a treatment plan that will best suit you. Some areas the podiatrist may want to discuss include:

What do you do for a living? This question is not about your career or finances, it’s about what type of strain your work may put on your feet. School teachers, firefighters and custodians, for example, are just a few professions that keep people on their feet for long periods every day. This can contribute to a number of foot conditions, especially heel pain and flat feet. Patients who work in construction or places where toxic chemicals are used have other risks. Your work may provide clues to a foot disorder that the podiatrist is trying to diagnose.

Are you being treated for any other medical conditions? Your feet are affected by systemic diseases that affect the rest of your body, such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and circulation problems. In fact, in some cases, your feet are the first place where these problems manifest. The foot doctor will also need to know if you are taking any medications in case a prescription is required.

May I see your shoes? No, the podiatrist isn’t the fashion police. Your shoes reveal information about your gait and also certain biomechanical issues with your feet. For these reasons, the foot doctor may want to see the wear pattern in your shoes.

Tell me about your parents’ feet. Many foot conditions or the faulty foot mechanics that cause them are hereditary. Getting a complete medical history is a standard part of a foot examination.

Do you have a list of questions you’d like to go over? Writing down questions and concerns before your appointment can be helpful. You may forget certain things that you wanted to ask about once you are in the middle of your appointment. Of course, if after your appointment you find that there was something you forgot to ask or if part of your diagnosis or treatment plan is unclear to you, don’t hesitate to contact our Venice office at 941-493-7999 and ask for clarification. We want you to be comfortable and confident about your podiatric care.