How to choose an orthopedist or podiatrist if you have diabetes

Things to consider when making your selection include:

  • The doctor’s skills and credentials, safety precautions and technology utilized.
  • Proximity of the office to your home or workplace.
  • Office hours, accepted insurance plans, fees, payment policy and ability to accommodate emergencies.
  • A comfortable office environment.
  • You want a health care team you like. They should be willing to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and explain what they’re doing and why.
  • If possible, you also want an orthopedist or podiatrist who has experience working with people with diabetes.

An obvious place to begin your search is to ask your friends. Your doctor, Certified Diabetes Educator or pharmacist may also have a list of orthopedists or podiatrists who work with people who have diabetes.

  • Call the department of orthopedics at a nearby hospital or university medical center.
  • Contact a state or county association of orthopedist or podiatrists. These groups may have lists of foot care professionals with specific information on specialty and experience.
  • Find an orthopedist or surgeon
  • Contact your insurance company or health plan to learn whether it has a list of foot care professionals who are covered under your plan.

Compare your list to the list of providers with whom your insurance company does business. Unless you can personally afford a doctor who does not participate in your insurance plan, there’s no point in finding a great orthopedist or podiatrist who doesn’t take your insurance.

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