Our feet have been carrying us everywhere we go since the moment we take our first step. Yet, they are the most neglected part of our body.
Many people often put off being seen by a foot and ankle specialist regarding their foot pain or general podiatric conditions such as ingrown nails, discolouration of the skin / nails, foot rashes etc.
Some of the common reasons for people to put off their podiatry appointment includes “I don’t like my feet being touched”, “I’m embarrassed of my feet”, “My nails are horrible”, or “I can still put up with my sore feet”.
For some people, taking that first step to see a podiatrist or a health professional could be a daunting experience. No matter if it is for a simple foot check or a complicated treatment procedure, having this fear may manifest itself to general anxiety or worse, a panic attack.
Here are some practical ways to overcome your fear of seeing a podiatrist:
1. Address the main reason for your fear
The first step to managing any fear is to understand its source. Find out the main reason for putting off seeing a health specialist regarding your foot issues. Are you anxious about the pain of certain procedures? Is it because of a previous poor experience in a clinic setting? Are you embarrassed of your feet? By taking the first step to identify and acknowledge your fear, you are taking control of your fear and emotions.
2. Ask questions
Give yourself peace of mind prior to your appointment by getting your questions answered. You can ask your friends or family to share their experiences with you regarding their visits to the podiatrist. If you are seeking more information about the specific services and treatment available at Bounce Podiatry, click here to find out more. You can also always give us a call to talk to our receptionist so you know what to expect.
3. Schedule your appointment at a good time of the day/week
When scheduling a time to see a podiatrist, it is wise to take into consideration your own stress level throughout the day / week. For example, some people might prefer to get their foot issues sorted later in the week, as they tend to be more relaxed on weekends.
4. Bring a family member/a friend
Having a supportive family member / friend to get you through your appointment will help in easing your stress and anxiety level during the appointment. They can serve as a comforting presence, provide moral support, and sometimes advocate for your care when you’re in your stressed-out state.
5. Talk about it
Your podiatrist wants to know how you’re feeling and how it affects you when you’re in their presence. Opening up about your concerns or anxiety not only promotes a better relationship with your podiatrist, it also reduces stress and leads to you getting better care.
Ultimately, nobody should live with painful feet. Everyone deserves to move better with happier and healthier feet. It’s time we face our fear of seeing a foot specialist and get our foot issues sorted.