1. Do I need a referral from my family doctor?
No. A podiatrist may be seen for treatment by patients without an initial referral from a family doctor.
2. How often should I see my podiatrist?
Frequency of visits are usually based on the condition for which the patient is being seen. Diabetics may be seen more frequently; those returning for assessment or ongoing care may be seen less so, but within a few months time. It’s a good rule of thumb to have a podiatric assessment at least once a year for maintenance of good podiatric health.
3. How do I know if I need to get orthotics?
If you are experiencing foot pain of an ongoing nature, especially if it’s related to walking or activity, it’s a good idea to be examined with the idea of possible orthotic therapy. Other chronic conditions, like arthritis, can be identified or ruled out at this time.
4. What is the best way to care for my new orthotics?
Caring for orthotics is based on the type of device that has been custom-made for the patient. Different orthotics require different care techniques.