Picking the right podiatrist, or any doctor for that matter, can be a very arduous and time consuming process. Internet reviews are a good way to start, but as I'm sure you have found in your searches, the internet isn't always the most reliable source. Asking friends and relatives is also a good way to find a podiatrist, but even then, how do you know that this podiatrist is the best one for you? Of course, finding a podiatrist that accepts your insurance is a key factor, however, if you have several choices, what things should you look for? After working in many different offices, here are some of the things I try to notice. From the time you walk into the office, how are you greeted? What is the condition of the waiting room? In my experience, these two simple things are a good indication of the way the practice is run. Appearances aren't everything, but modernization and attention to detail are some of the best qualities you could hope for in a medical professional.
When the podiatrist comes in, how does he or she treat you? Do they give you enough time to diagnose your problem and give you adequate treatment options? It seems like some doctors are always in such a rush. When you're in the chair, it should be a throne, which you vacate only when you are informed of the course of treatment and all your questions have been answered. You're not on the doctors time, the doctor is on your time.
Medicine is a rapidly changing field, with new medicines and updated technologies being utilized practically monthly. Make sure the podiatrist you see is using the most updated equipment possible. An example I like to reference is laser treatment for nail fungus. Lasers have been used since the late 90's for toenail fungus, but FDA approval has only been granted in 2010! Even some devices made after 2010 still don't have FDA clearance as being appropriate for clearance of fungus from toenails. With laser treatment being the most costly but successful way to treat toenail fungus, you want to make sure if you elect for this treatment, you are getting the best value for your money. Never be afraid to ask your podiatrist about the medicines and treatments they offer!
Check the podiatrist's credentials with hospital and professional medical associations. Rarely will you see a doctor on staff at a hospital without board certification or at least qualification. That is an indication that the Podiatrist is in good standing with state and national organizations.
All things considered, go with your instincts. The regime of dry, humorless physicians in lab coats are a thing of the past. Find a podiatrist with some smiles to go with the smarts and keep your feet happy, healthy and ready to take on the new year!!