There’s a first time for everything. You have your first steps when you’re learning to walk and your first words learning to talk. You have your first football game and your first day of school. You also have your first day at a new job and, yes, the first time you visit a foot and ankle expert. Visiting a podiatrist doesn’t have to be a nerve-wracking experience. The best way to get the most out of your appointment is to prep beforehand.

All doctor’s offices need a lot of information to treat you properly and to help manage your care. This usually means paperwork and forms that you have to fill out, as well as providing your foot and ankle specialist with any information that will help them care for your unique needs. Getting this ready ahead of time can help make everything go smoothly and quickly when you actually have your first appointment.

If you can, download new patient forms beforehand. This lets you fill out your name, address, and insurance information at home and without feeling rushed. The Absolute Foot Care Specialists’ new patient forms are easy to find here on our website. Then you can easily print them off at home and bring them to your appointment, speeding up your check-in process. You’ll also need to present your medical insurance cards and a photo ID for your check-in. Getting those ready ahead of time helps you avoid feeling rushed at the last minute before you go to a new office.

If you take multiple medications, or have preexisting medical conditions—diabetes, heart trouble, autoimmune diseases, etc.—you might want to write them down on a list before your appointment. That way you don’t forget any of the medications you’re taking, and our team will be aware of conditions that might be affecting your foot or ankle health. It’s also important to wear or bring shoes with you that you use frequently. The wear patterns give our team clues about the way your lower limbs work.

If you’re at all concerned about your first podiatry visit, don’t fret! The Absolute Foot Care Specialists team is more than happy to answer your questions and help you prepare for your first appointment. Visiting a podiatrist doesn’t have to be stressful. Use our web contact forms, or call one of our Las Vegas offices at (702) 839-2010 today.

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