Choosing a Podiatrist That's Right for You: Things to Look for When Choosing a Podiatrist
While preventative care is the best thing you can do to keep your feet healthy, even the best feet sometimes need a little extra care. Finding a podiatrist that is right for you can help you to ensure that you will have access to the best foot care when the need arises.
When looking for a podiatrist you should use the same techniques you use when looking for a health doctor. Here are some steps that you can take to help you to locate a podiatrist that’s right for your needs.
- Ask Around: Before you try out a new podiatrist, ask friends and family for recommendations and see what they have to say. There is nothing like first-hand information to discover whether a practice is the right one for you.
- Ask Your Doctor: Ask your own medical doctor for his or her recommendations. Most doctors have a circle of doctors that they know and connect with. Asking your doctor's recommendations is a great place to start.
- Ask Questions: Once you have an appointment with a new podiatrist, be sure to ask questions at your appointment. While most people are hesitant to ask a new doctor questions, this is the only way you will really get to know what they are all about. If your podiatrist or any doctor becomes upset with your questions — you probably shouldn’t be going to them. Most doctors are happy to answer any questions you may have, and help put your mind at ease. You may find it helpful to write down any questions you have before your appointment, to remind yourself once you are at the practice.
- Check the Internet: While you shouldn't just pull the first name you see listed without doing any research, the internet is a good place to start. Visit websites like the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, and the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) to find recommended podiatrists in your area.
Finding a podiatrist can be an involved process, but it's important that you find one who is qualified, professional, and willing to answer any questions you have. Just like finding any doctor, you will want to make sure you find one provides you with the best service possible.
Don't settle for less, find a podiatrist that you can trust, one that will give your feet the care they deserve.
Dr. Anthony LaMarra has over twenty years of experience providing podiatry services to Houston residents. With a focus on patient comfort, Dr. LaMarra's goal is to help patients to maintain healthy feet and ankles through preventative care and effective treatment.