Describing The Problem
Our doctor will ask you about your foot problem in detail. You should expect to be asked the following questions:
- When did the problem begin?
- How did it begin?
- Where is the exact location of the pain or discomfort on the foot or ankle?
- What does the pain or discomfort actually feels like?
- Does anything make the problem better or worse?
- Does it change at various times during the day?
Medical And Family History
Our doctor will also inquire about your medical history, asking about the following:
- Any problems for which you are currently being treated
- All the prescription and over-the-counter medications you are presently taking.
- All of your past surgeries and hospitalizations and any complications that resulted from them.
- Your history of allergies to medication and/or foods.
- Blood relatives and any illnesses that run in your family that may have a connection to your foot problem.
You may then be asked questions about various parts of your body such as your head, ears, eyes, nose, and throat, lungs, heart, kidneys, skin and nails, and joints, to make sure you did not inadvertently leave anything out of your medical history. Our doctor will then inquire about your occupation and other areas of your social history.
At the end of gathering this information about you, Our doctor may have a very good idea about what it is that is causing your foot complaint.
You can expect your skin and nails to be checked for discoloration, hydration, and signs of wounds, infections, or any growths. Our physicians will check your pulse on top of your feet and the inside of your ankle to check that the arteries are providing adequate circulation. The legs are observed for swelling and discoloration which, among other things, may represent disease of the veins that bring blood away from the foot back to your heart. The nerves of your legs and feet will be examined by checking reflexes and how well you feel certain types of sensation applied to areas around your feet. Our physicians may gently squeeze the joints of your foot to see if they are painful, as well as moving them to see if the motion is restricted or painful in any way.
For additional help arriving at an accurate diagnosis, Our physicians may do an X-ray exam of your foot, as well as certain types of scans, including MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging. Vascular tests, such as Doppler ultrasound, may be needed. Our doctor may also order blood and urine testing. For certain types of skin growths or tumors of the foot, a biopsy may be required. The biopsy can range from a very simple needle aspiration to an open surgical procedure.