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What Makes A Good Podiatrist Appointment Better?

At Weil Foot & Ankle Institute, we want all our Lake, Cooke and Roselle-Dupage county patients who come to our Bannockburn, Orland Park, Roselle or any of our other 16 conveniently located offices to enjoy the best podiatric health possible. One way we accomplish this is by providing the highest quality foot and ankle medical care in a compassionate and efficient manner. Your podiatry appointment can go even more smoothly, however, with a little preparation on your part.

What’s the Problem?

Take a moment before your appointment with one of our podiatrists to reflect on the symptoms and pain you are experiencing. Answers to the following questions will provide important clues to your condition:

  • When did the pain start?
  • How would you describe the pain—sharp, dull ache, burning, pins and needles?
  • Is the pain constant or does it come and go?
  • Is there anything that makes the pain worse/better?

Things to Bring

You’ll want to bring any referrals or necessary insurance paperwork with you to your appointment as well as any previous medical records and test results that relate to your condition. If your pain seems related to exercise or sports, bring your fitness shoes with you for the foot doctor to examine. The podiatrist will also want to know what medications (over-the-counter and prescription), vitamins and supplements you are taking and the names of any other physicians that are currently treating you. Finally, it’s a good idea to write down any questions you have regarding your symptoms to refer to during your appointment.

Good Communication

When the podiatrist explains your foot or ankle problem, don’t hesitate to ask questions or to hear something over again if you don’t quite get it the first time. Go over all treatment and medication instructions to be sure you understand how, when and the frequency of your treatments.

Follow Up Matters

Ask if you need to be seen again and schedule the appointment before you leave the office. Arrange to have any tests the podiatrist requests promptly and inquire how long it should take before you hear the results. If you have any additional questions or if you see changes in your condition, contact us by calling 847-390-7666.

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