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Foot pain Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Foot pain. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had foot pain?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Is it unilateral or bilateral?

    Why: if bilateral and "sock-type" pattern may suggest peripheral neuropathy.

  3. Where exactly is the pain in the foot?

    Why: e.g. toe, ankle, dorsum (top of foot), plantar surface (bottom of foot). The common S1 ( 1st sacral root pressure) pain is experienced on the outer border of the foot, into the fifth toe and on the outer sole and heel of the foot.

  4. How would you explain the pain in the foot?

    Why: e.g. burning type pain may suggest nerve entrapment, diabetic neuropathy or reflex sympathetic dystrophy; throbbing pain may suggest inflammation of the joints suggest as Rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, Reiter's disease, ankylosing spondylitis; severe episodic pain may suggest gout.

  5. Are there certain times of the day when the pain is worse?

    Why: e.g. pain under the heel worse when first stepping out of bed and standing after sitting suggests plantar fasciitis ; pain worse at night may suggest peripheral vascular disease, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, foot cramps or osteoid osteoma.

  6. Does weight bearing make the pain worse?
  7. History of trauma or injury to foot?

    Why: may suggest fracture or torn ligaments e.g. twisting ankle in or out may suggest ankle sprain or fracture; falling onto the foot from a height may suggest the possibility of a fractured calcaneus or talus bone.

  8. What footwear do you wear?

    Why: certain causes of foot pain may be due to unsuitable footwear.

  9. Have the feet been exposed to significant cold conditions?

    Why: may suggest chilblains.

  10. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. gout, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, atherosclerosis, psoriasis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease.

  11. Medications?

    Why: certain medications that can cause spasm of the vascular supply and therefore pain include beta blockers and ergotamine; certain medications may precipitate gout including frusemide and thiazide diuretics.

  12. Alcohol history?

    Why: may help determine the risk of an alcoholic neuropathy.

  13. Pain in other joints?

    Why: e.g. such as hands, spine, sacro-iliac joints - may indicate that the foot pain is part of an arthritis condition such as Rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis.

  14. Foot swelling?

    Why: may suggest foot trauma, reflex sympathetic dystrophy.

  15. Recent diarrhea?

    Why: may suggest enteropathic arthritis (such as due to Ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease) or Reiter's syndrome.

  16. Skin rash?

    Why: may suggest psoriatic arthritis.

  17. Burning sensation with urination (dysuria) and penile discharge?

    Why: may suggest Reiter's syndrome.

  18. Eye pain?

    Why: may suggest Ankylosing spondylitis, Reiter's disease.

  19. Symptoms of peripheral vascular disease?

    Why: e.g. intermittent claudication (pain in calf and sometimes foot with exercise and relived by rest); numbness of foot at rest or on walking; rest pain at night, interfering with sleep, precipitated by elevation and relieved by dependency of foot.

  20. Symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

    Why: e.g. pain under the heel when first stepping out of bed or with standing after sitting, relieved after walking about, increases towards the end of the day.

  21. Symptoms of osteoarthritis?

    Why: e.g. pain worse at the end of the day and aggravated by use and cold weather, relieved by rest. Variable morning joint stiffness.

  22. Symptoms of Rheumatoid arthritis?

    Why: e.g. joint pain worse on waking, nocturnal pain with disturbed sleep, pain is relived with activity. Morning and rest stiffness can last for hours. May be associated with weakness, weight loss, malaise and fatigue.

  23. Symptoms of gout?

    Why: e.g. often excruciating pain in the great toe staring in the early hours of the morning, skin over the joint may be red, shiny, swollen and hot, joint is very tender to touch. Pain may be precipitated by alcohol excess, surgical operation, starvation and certain medications.

  24. Reflex sympathetic dystrophy?

    Why: e.g. severe pain, swelling and disability of the feet usually with a sudden onset, pain is worse at night, joints are stiff and skin is red and warm. Usually in middle aged people.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Foot pain:

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