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Visiting a Mission Viejo podiatrist is an important step in your foot care health. We see patients for sports injuries, foot and ankle conditions, nail problems, overuse injuries, and more. Whether you decide to come visit us for specialized care or your primary physician has referred you to our office for a focused opinion, we are able to provide you and each one of our patients with a treatment plan that is specifically tailored to your needs. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help relieve your symptoms and be active.

Many patients experience extreme foot pain each year, but only a fraction of them take the initiative to

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visit a podiatrist for diagnosis and treatment. A podiatrist is a medical practitioner specializing in ankle and foot care who has the experience in identifying and treating related diseases. Although a foot exam and different tests can lead to accurate diagnosis, the history of the condition is crucial in determining the cause of the problem.

To prepare for your visit with a Mission Viejo podiatrist, make sure to have the following:

  • Comprehensive medical history

Mission-Viejo-Podiatrist-by-Mission-Viejo-Foot-and-Ankle--(1)If you are visiting the podiatrist for the first time, make sure you compile your medical history. Some of the things to include are:

  • Previous critical medical conditions you have been treated for
  • Any surgeries you have had
  • Any medications you are currently taking
  • Any allergies and reactions you have with medications
  • Any other medical issues you are dealing with, in addition to foot problems

Mission-Viejo-Podiatrist-by-Mission-Viejo-Foot-and-Ankle--(2)It is important to provide as much information as possible. Your foot is connected to the rest of your body, and many common ailments can affect your overall health and wellbeing.

  • A description of your exact issue

Try as much as possible to isolate the exact place you are experiencing the pain. Remember the foot is quite complex due to numerous joints, skin structures, nerves, tendons and muscles and any of them could be the source of discomfort. The nature of pain and location can assist in determining the problem. For instance, pain in the heel is common, but when it becomes too much and burns, it could be an indication of a more serious problem. Describe the pain to the podiatrist as itching, throbbing, burning, stabbing, or sharp.

You should also describe the activities that affect your pain. By paying close attention to situations or events that relieve the pain, you can assist the podiatrist in effectively diagnosing and treating the problem. For instance, if the pain disappears when lying down, the problem could be related to the nervous system, and this is treated differently from a toe with similar pain. Your Mission Viejo podiatrist needs to know if the problem has ever been treated and if the treatment offered relief or not.

Mission-Viejo-Podiatrist-by-Mission-Viejo-Foot-and-Ankle--(3)You need to trace when you began experiencing the problem and the events that might have led to the pain. Not all foot problems are treated the same. Hence, the circumstances leading to the problem can help in determining the severity of the problem. It also helps to tell whether the problem is because of another problem or compensation of your body for an earlier injury. The length of time, severity of the problem and condition of the pain can offer useful links resulting in effective prognosis, and treatment.

  • Description of the shoes you wear and your typical daily activities

Your choice of shoes can influence the development of your current foot problem. High heels, for example, can cause joint tissue inflammation. A realistic description of the shoes that you wear on a daily basis can help the podiatrist determine the possible cause of the problem and prescribe long-term prevention measures. The daily activities that you do are also critical in this process. For instance, standing, walking, sitting or even cardio activities can lead to certain problems.

Mission-Viejo-Podiatrist-by-Mission-Viejo-Foot-and-Ankle--(4)When you have all the information ready before you visit your Mission Viejo podiatrist, you can help them in making an accurate diagnosis, and within a shorter time. This will also reduce unnecessary diagnostic testing and in the end, lead to successful treatment and prevention procedures.

Contact our office today to learn more about our treatment options and the different conditions that we see patients for in our office. We are available to answer any questions that you might have about our services and to schedule an appointment for you to come in for a consultation with the top Mission Viejo podiatrist.