Questions to Ask your Podiatrist

Infographic: 3 steps to find the best podiatrist
April 23, 2020
Houston’s Foot Doc Sherman Nagler on Hallux Limitus / Rigidus Surgery
June 12, 2020
Show all

If you are planning to see a podiatrist in Houston soon, you likely have lots of concerns regarding your problem, the procedure as well as aftercare. However, you may have a hard time expressing your concerns in a way that will help you get the most out of the appointment. Writing down the important questions you have can allow the podiatrist to address all critical aspects of the issue at hand.

As a patient, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about your problem and treatment during the first appointment. However, sometimes you forget some of the questions you wanted to ask and you end up leaving the office. You then resort to calling your doctor with more questions or end up on social media support pages to try and find some answers from patients who had similar problems as you. Well, this is understandable, but it shouldn’t be the case.

One of the best ways to ensure you get detailed information from your caregiver is by coming up with all kinds of questions that you can think of before the appointment. Once you do, write them down so that your podiatrist in Houston can address them systematically. With that in mind, here are some questions that you should ask your podiatrist:

Why do I have this foot or ankle problem?

If you have no idea why you’re having ankle or foot pain, you should let your podiatrist explain to you in detail what is going on. Foot and ankle pains may arise due to different reasons. Your podiatrist is better placed to tell you what’s causing your discomfort.

What tests are you going to perform?

Your podiatrist will run some tests to diagnose your condition. Of course, they are the experts and have a better understanding of the process. But you must be in the loop of everything that’s happening. Some standard tests, including running, standing, or walking under observation. Your podiatrist may also take an MRI or X-rays.

What are the treatment options for my problem?

Once you are aware of the problem, the next question should be the cause of action. But before you settle for any treatment, it is essential to be aware of other options. For instance, your problem could be easily addressed with surgery. However, you may also have the “wait-and-see” approach for your situation, which you may not know if you don’t ask.

What complications can happen from my treatment of choice?

If you are going through surgery, for instance, it’s important to be aware of the potential problems that lie ahead. This way, you won’t be caught by surprise should anything happen. It will also help you make an informed decision whether to go through with the treatment or not. In case you are having surgery, you may also want to find out about:

  • Expected recovery time
  • Duration of hospital stay
  • Surgery essentials
  • Post-surgery care
  • Limitations
  • Potential risks

Do you recommend any lifestyle changes?

Some foot and ankle problems can be prevented with lifestyle changes. For example, you can prevent bunions by wearing well-fitting shoes. Your podiatrist will leverage their knowledge to help you make some lifestyle changes that will boost your foot and ankle health.


We cannot overemphasize the need to find a good podiatrist with whom you are comfortable with. Otherwise, you’ll have a hard time asking all these questions.