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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
July 13, 2016

At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we pride ourselves on really listening to our patients and partnering with them to provide the best podiatric care in the Pittsburgh area. As a patient, you can help us better help you by coming to your appointment prepared to give the foot doctor the following information:

Medical History—Our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker believes in a total body approach to foot care. The foot doctor will want to get a complete medical history including operations you have had, foot and other conditions that run in your family, past injuries and diseases and problems that you have had in the past with your toes, feet or ankles.

Current Symptoms—In order to make an accurate diagnosis, the foot doctor will need to know specifically what symptoms you are experiencing and also whether they are constant or intermittent and what makes them feel better or worse. Mostly like the podiatrist will want to know how long you have had these symptoms—even if you know you’ve waited longer than you should, be honest. The duration of your symptoms can be a factor in the foot doctor’s diagnosis. Don’t hesitate to tell the foot doctor about symptoms even if they seem inconsequential to you, such as burning sensation or discolored skin or nails.

Medications—Have a list of all the medications you are currently taking and what they are for. It’s essential to let the foot doctor know if you have any allergies to medications. An accurate record of other medical procedures you have had is also important. People with certain types of implants, for example, will not be able to have and MRI, a test podiatrists often use to evaluate foot and ankle conditions.

Lifestyle—If you have a foot health issue, the podiatrist will need to know about your job and leisure activities. Do you spend much time on your feet? Do you have a job that requires you to squat and stand frequently? Are you a runner or participate in some other sport or fitness activity on a regular basis? Do you have young children to care for? All of these factors will play a role in choosing the best treatment option for you.

If you are experiencing any pain or unusual symptoms in your toes, feet or ankles, make an appointment at our conveniently located Washington office by calling: (724) 225-7410.

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