The first “rule” of how to describe symptoms is simply to be honest and be open. If something is bothering you, don’t be afraid to say so. Any information you offer might be instrumental in determining what is wrong.
While describing your symptoms, some things to keep in mind include:
- Intensity – Let us know, on a scale of 1-10, how strong is your pain. A “0” is no pain at all, whereas a “10” means that you are unable to walk. If daily activity can be completed, the pain is not a “10” and if exercising cannot be continued, it is not a “3.” This is important because a “3” is going to be treated differently than an “8.”
- Location – As a podiatrist, it’s expected that you are coming in for foot pain, but sharing the actual location, as specifically as possible, will help ensure your issue is diagnosed correctly.
- Quality – Not all pain is equal! “Sharp” pain is often an indication of an acute injury, whereas “dull” pain usually indicates a chronic condition. Burning, tingling, and even “no pain” (numbness) is all important to know.
- Timing – Be sure to tell us how long the issue has been around, and be as specific as possible. Some symptoms are more prominent after rest, at the end of activity, only when standing, or when sitting.
Now that you know the best way to describe your symptoms, come and see us here at our Indianapolis, IN office. Give us a call at (317) 545-0505 to request your appointment!