FOR NEW PODIATRY PATIENTS
Looking for a foot doctor? Are you North of Boston
(Lowell, Lawrence, Haverhill, Andover, etc..)
New Patients: Welcome!
Before Your Visit
A lot happens at your first podiatry visit. To get the most out of your time with Dr. Mitchell Wachtel, be sure all your questions are answered, and help save you time, it’s best to prepare for your appointment ahead of time. At check-in, you will need a photo ID and your insurance cards, so please bring them with you and be ready to show them to the front desk staff. If you’re not sure if we partner with your insurance provider, connect with us before your appointment to find out. We have several forms that need to be filled out completely, so we recommend you download them, print them off, fill them out, and bring them with you to speed up the check-in process.
Please wear shoes that you use regularly, and bring any orthotic devices or athletic shoes you wear frequently with you as well. Examining wear-and-tear on your footwear can help provide insight into your gate and potential lower limb issues, so our team may want to see them. We also recommend that you write down your symptoms and a list of questions you have for the doctor to bring with you. It’s easy to forget everything you want to say or bring up during your appointment, so this helps you address all your concerns. Our staff will be recording a basic medical history and a list of your current medications and allergies as well, so it may be helpful to write all that information out ahead of time, too.
Your First Appointment
At your first appointment, our team will carefully examine your feet, toes, and nails. Depending on your symptoms and potential problems, this can involve a variety of tests, from having you stand or perform foot motions to feeling your feet to using diagnostic images like X-rays. We will also go over your symptoms, possibly examine your shoes, and answer any questions you may have. From there we can formulate a diagnosis and work with you to establish a treatment plan. Depending on your needs, this may involve follow-up appointments to check on your progress and further refine treatments.
Questions? Let Us Know!
We’re looking forward to meeting you and working with you to keep your feet, and your life, as healthy as possible. If you have any questions about what you should bring to your appointment or concerns about your foot health, feel free to contact us and let us know. We’re happy to help you so you get the most out of your appointment with us and your foot health in the long run. Simply call one of our offices in North Andover, Lowell, or Haverhill, MA, at (978) 794-8406 for more information.