Initial appointments at Feetology are forty minutes in duration, giving the podiatrist an opportunity to get to know you and your feet, to formulate a treatment plan and get started on treatment.
Upon arrival you will be welcomed by our friendly receptionist who will assist you to prepare for your appointment. You will be asked to complete the new patient form to tell us about pertinent medical history: any injuries or surgeries, infections, and disease to your feet and lower limbs. We also need to know the medications that you are currently taking. This information is essential to helping the podiatrist to understand your health and to tailor treatments to your specific needs.
It is also a good idea to bring the following items:
- Referral (if your doctor or other health professional referred you to the clinic)
- Regularly worn footwear (sneakers, work or school shoes)
- Any x-rays or ultrasounds taken
- Private health insurance cards – so that you can claim your rebate at the appointment
As podiatrists, we treat a broad range of conditions affecting the feet and legs. Below is a guide as to how your appointment will be run, however depending on your specific issue it may differ slightly.
Your podiatrist will start with taking a thorough history including your current issue, your medical history, any exercise or activity that you participate in and footwear history.
The information you supply the podiatrist will help them to get to the root of your problem. Consider the following points before your appointment:
- Where and when does the complaint occur?
- Is there something in particular that causes the problem? Is it a particular pair of shoes or a particular activity that causes the pain?
- Is there anything that makes it feel better?
The podiatrist will then perform a thorough assessment of your feet and legs. They will then discuss with you their finding and recommendations for your treatment. On occasion this may require further diagnostic tests (ie Xray or Ultrasounds). Once you agree on your treatment, this can often be started at this time.
The initial visit finishes with the podiatrist giving you a detailed treatment plan that acts as a reminder of what you need to be doing so that you can get back to doing what you love most.