Do you have problems with your feet such as bunions, heel pain, swelling, ingrown toenails, fallen arches or other issues? Are you sick and tired of these problems and know you need to do something about it? Or do you simply need a checkup to make sure your feet are okay?
Are you thinking of going to a podiatrist but you simply don’t know who to choose? Many people simply don’t know what to look for.
Caring for your feet is important because, although you may take your feet for granted, you rely on them everyday to get done what you need to get done and to go where you need to go.
Here are 9 important tips to pick the podiatrist that is right for you.
- Schedule an initial consultation with the podiatrist you are considering to learn more about the practice and make sure you are comfortable with who you will be dealing with.
- Make sure the podiatrist presents a variety of options to you in addressing your problem and that he explains the advantages and disadvantage of each. Some podiatrist don’t present all the options because they have not been trained in all the treatment approaches available. Some other unscrupulous podiatrists are only focused on how much money they will make from certain procedures as opposed to recommending the best option.
- Make sure the podiatrist is fully certified by the American Podiatric Medical Association Board of Podiatry. The APMA is an organization of leading podiatrists committed to the highest level of education and continual advancement in the practice of podiatry. This association is comprised of a select group of those practicing podiatry worldwide. Avoid any podiatrist who isn’t a member of this association because this is an indicator that they are not serious about their practice and always interested in staying current on the latest developments in their field.
- Do your research. For example search for online reviews by past patients to see what they say about the podiatrist and his practice. Make sure the podiatrist’s overall review ratings are primarily 5 star. Ask for patient testimonials. Those are usually available during your office visit. If you can’t see positive testimonials beware because this is one indicator that the podiatrist you are considering is someone you don’t want to deal with.
- Observe the office when you are there. Is it neat and organized? Is the equipment well maintained and does it look modern and up to date. How is the staff? Are they friendly, helpful and look like they truly care about your well being?
- Will the podiatrist approach your first meeting as a consultant who will spend adequate time with you listening to your symptoms as he asks questions? Will he spend adequate time with you to some up with the best solution instead of being in a rush to see the next patient?
- What kind of equipment does the podiatrist use? Does the podiatrist have the latest leading edge technology to address your needs in the most effective way? For example here at Advanced Podiatry we are only one of 3 podiatrist in New York state that utilize (equipment name).
- Don’t look for the cheapest podiatrist you can find. Getting your feet cared for properly is a small investment considering how important your feet are for living a healthy productive life without ongoing problems.
- Are same day appointments available if you have a serious issue? Is there a long wait time when you arrive at his office? Your time is valuable and should be respected and accommodated.
A family-friendly podiatry practice will be able to help everyone in your family, from the tiniest little toes to the diabetic foot and everything in between. Does your podiatrist run a family-friendly practice?
For the past twenty years here at Advanced Podiatry we’ve helped thousands of patients take care of their feet. To get the help you need for your feet pick up the phone and call one of our two convenient offices: