Dr. Brian Nagy | March 20th, 2018
Your feet are your means of transportation as well as the foundation for the rest of your body. If they are injured or affected by chronic illness, the pain and discomfort you feel can disrupt your entire routine. Having a reputable New Hampshire podiatrist on speed dial can be the answer to your prayers. If you have the information Dr. Nagy needs before you arrive for your appointment, he can identify the potential problem and have a treatment plan in place in a short period of time.
It’s always important to know your family history. Heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, and hypertension can all have an impact on the health and function of your feet. If you have family members with any of these health conditions, you need to inform Dr. Nagy. This also includes conditions that affect the feet like hammertoes, bunions, fallen arches or heel spurs. Talk to family members to find out if they have been diagnosed with any chronic health conditions that affect their circulation of the musculoskeletal structure of their body.
Identify your symptoms and document them. Make sure to include pain intensity, duration of the pain, and anything that helps to reduce or minimize your discomfort. When do your feet hurt the most? Do other parts of your legs hurt? The muscles and joints in your legs, buttocks, hips, and lower back are all affected by injuries and illnesses of the feet. The more your feet hurt, the more problems you will have as you move up the chain of the body. Each body part is linked together by nerves and connective tissues that relay discomfort all the way from the feet to the neck.
Take a few minutes and learn about your feet. When you experience pain, learn how to properly describe your pain and give it a number from 1 to 10. This gives Dr. Nagy a clear representation of what your pain is really like. It’s also important that you learn how your feet function. If you know how your feet work, you are better able to avoid possible injuries and can take proactive action, especially if you have a lengthy family history of foot problems. It’s also important to learn as much as you can about the shoes you buy. This will also help to prevent future foot discomfort.
Know what activities trigger your symptoms. For many, wearing the wrong shoes is a big part of their problem. If you begin to notice discomfort when you are wearing certain types of shoes, try to wear them as little as possible. If you have to wear them, there is a possibility that orthotics or gel inserts may be able to reduce the pain and discomfort you feel. Make sure to let Dr. Nagy know what triggers you have identified. He will use this information when formulating your treatment plan.
As a board-certified New Hampshire podiatrist, Dr. Nagy can diagnose and treat a wide variety of health conditions that affect your feet and ankles. You can help him to identify the cause of your pain and discomfort by providing him with as much information as possible concerning your family history, current health problems, past injuries, as well as the severity of your symptoms. During your exam, it’s important that you answer his questions as honestly and thoroughly as possible. Ask any questions you may have. If you don’t understand what Dr. Nagy says, ask him to explain it in greater detail. The best way to eliminate your pain and discomfort is to help your podiatrist understand everything about your pain and how it is affecting your life. Once he has all of the information, he can formulate a treatment plan that will get you back on the road to good health.
At Nagy Footcare, our best day is when you wake up with no foot pain.