Robert LaReaux, DPM
|Hawaii Podiatirsts who are members of the Hawaii Podiatric Medical Association (HPMA) comprise the state chapter of the American Podiatric Medical
Association (APMA), the leading resource for foot and ankle health
information. Currently, the organization represents a vast majority of
the estimated 15,000 podiatrists in the United States.
All Hawaii Podiatrists who are HPMA members are licensed by the state of Hawaii and these Hawaii Foot Doctors are obligated to follow a strict professional code of ethics.
When you need a medical expert for your foot care, see a doctor of podiatric medicine. DPMs have the most comprehensive medical school training on the foot. Podiatrists treat more feet than any other medical specialty and have the most comprehensive medical training exclusively dedicated to foot and ankle. See a podiatrists and look for a HPMA Hawaii Podiatrists when you are in the islands.
Is this the first time you have visited a podiatrist? Well, don't
worry. This handy guide will prepare you for your appointment and help
make the most of your time with the foot and ankle expert.
Prepare for your visit to the Podiatrist
Before Your Visit:
- Make a list of your symptoms and questions.
- Make a list of all medications and any previous surgeries.
- Gather and bring important medical records and laboratory test
reports from other doctors or hospitals (including X-rays, MRIs, and lab
- Check with your insurance provider to see if a referral is needed.
- Call before your visit to tell the office if you have special needs.
- Bring a friend or family member if you think it will be helpful.
- If your problem involves walking and/or exercise, bring your walking/exercise shoes with you to the appointment.
During Your Visit:
- Go over your list of questions.
- If you do not understand an answer, be sure to ask for further explanation.
- Take notes and listen carefully.
- Discuss your symptoms and any recent changes you may have noticed.
- Talk about all new medications.
- Ask why it has been prescribed, and how to take it.
- Describe any allergies.
- Tell your podiatrist if you are pregnant or if you are trying to get pregnant.
- Let your podiatrist know if you are being treated by other doctors.
After Your Visit:
- Prepare for any tests your podiatrist orders.
- Ask about what you need to do to get ready, possible side effects, and when you can expect results.
- Ask when and how the test results will be made available to you.
- Schedule a follow-up appointment (if necessary) before you leave your podiatrist's office.
- Call your podiatrist's office and ask for your test results if you do not hear from the office when you are supposed to.
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