WHAT TO EXPECT
We believe your first visit will be unlike any other visit you have had at a podiatry office. We will cover more items than you have probably ever had in other examinations. We believe you deserve this. You deserve to know exactly what’s happening in your health and what problems you might be prone to, even if you can’t feel them right now. You deserve options in how to take care of your feet. You will find our staff pleasant and full of helpful information. Our patients tell us, “I’ve never had an exam this thorough before!”
When you arrive at our facility, one of our assistants will give you a warm welcome and escort you from the reception area. You can discuss your expectations and priorities and medication along with a complete history. Dr. Pulapaka will join the conversation. She will want to know about any past experiences and concerns you have about medical history. You can tell her anything you did or did not like about your past podiatry exams. Please have complete medical records from previous treatments or surgery – our staff can help with this process.
Before any examination is done, we'll offer you a complete comparison of your current medications. This is a wonderful experience that helps provide a safe and complete exam.
Dr. Pulapaka will do a detailed examination of the lower extremity skin, circulation, neurological, and the muscles & joints. Dr. Pulapaka may also take digital photos of your foot or ankle.
Dr. Pulapaka will review your examination with you and give you a simple summary. She will show you any particular problem in a handout, so you can see the problem and discuss it in a way that makes sense to you.
Together you can discuss priorities and agree on a plan. One of her assistants will be present for part of this discussion. For each treatment considered, Dr. Pulapaka will discuss its benefits and show you a demonstration model. You will be welcome to ask any questions and Dr. Pulapaka will give them clear answers. Also part of this discussion will be information on how to prevent or avoid long term problems.
After you have determined a plan of action, we will provide you access to your patient portal via Patient Fusion. We will be glad to help you in coordinating the timeline and timeframe for any treatments we recommend.