Plan for a Productive Podiatrist Appointment


At Cange Podiatry, DPM PA our goal is help you get relief from foot pain and discomfort. We do this by examining your feet, getting a medical history and conducting imaging and other tests to determine the source of your pain. As a patient, you can help speed this process and make it more efficient by doing a little preparation before your appointment.

Where Does it Hurt? Be ready to show our podiatrist, Dr. Darlyne Cange, where specifically on your foot or ankle the pain is. The foot doctor will want to know certain things about the pain:

  • Did it come on suddenly or has it been gradually getting worse?

  • What type of pain is it—sharp, stabbing, dull, aching?

  • Is it constant or does it come and go?

  • Do certain activities make the pain worse and does resting your foot bring relief?

  • Is the pain worse first thing in the morning or at the end of the day?

Pack a bag. If certain shoes or sneakers seem to make the pain worse or you experience it when doing a sport, bring the footwear in question with you to the appointment. Other items the podiatrist will most likely want:

  • A list of any prescription and non-prescription medications and supplements that you are currently taking.

  • Your orthotic device if you have one.

  • Any x-rays or other digital imaging studies or medical records from a previous foot or ankle injury.

Write down your questions. Make a list of questions and concerns that you have regarding the foot or ankle problem you will be discussing with the foot doctor. This will ensure that you don’t forget to ask something important during your visit. Of course, you can always follow up with phone call or another visit to our Glen Burnie (410-684-5934) or Ellicott City (410-680-8357) office.

Enlist help. If you think a second set of ears would be helpful in understanding your diagnosis and the treatment plan the foot doctor will recommend, ask a family member or friend to accompany you on your appointment. Also, if you need special accommodations during your office visit, please let our friendly and helpful staff know prior to your appointment.

Our goal is to provide a prompt diagnosis and a treatment plan that you understand and know how to follow to get you back on your feet as soon as possible.