How to choose a good Podiatrist
Many are the times we get feet and ankle injuries or experience some health problems related to the two. While suffering feet and ankle related problem, the patient has no idea of where to get help. When a patient has not been referred by a doctor to a podiatrist, he or she can keep searching without knowing where to get help. Note the following points when looking for a podiatrist.
The first and best person to get you a good podiatrist is your doctor. From the experience your doctor has, he will give recommendations on the best podiatrist. If you have friends or family members who are in healthcare profession, ask them for recommendations to a good podiatrist.
Look up in the internet for registered podiatrists. The government has established a board responsible for registering and licensing podiatrists in every country. Contact the board to get a list of the registered members. Also from online resources, check the websites of most known hospitals as well as the reviews from the hospital and the podiatry department.
Most insurance companies have contacts of the best medical practitioners around, therefore, contact your medical insurance company for referrals. Depending on the cover, you will also note that the scheme will cover certain podiatrist and leave some, always seek treatment from the podiatrists in your scheme.
Factor in the location of the clinic. Remember you will have a problem with your foot or ankle and will need to minimize on walking especially if you have an injury. Get a clinic near home to able to attend clinic visits during treatment. Visit the clinic physically when booking for an appointment before committing to start the treatment process. Sometimes, your preferred podiatrists might be engaged to the extent that he or she cannot see any patient in a number of days, seek to get another podiatrist if the condition of your problem can not wait. Choose a clinic that has all related treatment services in one place, such as x-ray, surgical equipment, etc.
During your first appointment, ask the doctor as many questions as you can. The answers the doctor will give based on the questions you have asked will be able to guide you on whether to proceed with the treatment or not. However, you can continue searching for another podiatrists if not contented, and only if the condition of your problem allows. Avoid settling for less as your feet or ankle is important part of your body.
When you visit the podiatrists, you might find his or her training certificates displayed on the walls of the clinic as well as his past achievements.
If the podiatrist recommends surgical procure, seek to know some of the side effects, including the medicine effects before the surgery takes place.