If you are considering going to a foot doctor — chances are you are experiencing some sort of foot pain and discomfort that you do not normally have to endure when going about your normal routine.

You may be experiencing a problem. You can have this nagging problem that just will not go away. Or you may be in bothersome, or even intense pain.

Whether the pain is intense or nagging or it just will not go away, you are probably wondering what exactly should you be asking your physician.

I reached out to Eric Tan, MD, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery and a foot specialist in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Keck Medicine of USC to ask him what the best three questions you should ask to a foot doctor are.

Dr. Tan says these are the best 3 questions, and explains why:

1. What is wrong with my foot?

By asking what is wrong, you will be able to get a direct answer to the cause of your issue.

2. Why is this problem happening?

When you ask why this problem is happening, you will get insight into what specific behavior is behind your issue. You can then make adjustments to resolve the issue.

3. How do we go about treating this or preventing it from being a bigger problem?

Ask this so you get all your options on the table. With all the information you need, you will be able to choose whether to medicate or go through surgery, if necessary.

General care at a major academic medical center like Keck Medicine of USC leads you being able to work with some of the most talented experts in the field who have access to the latest innovations in terms of instrumentation and techniques. Having that additional academic background with our team has a direct role in our practice. That means that if you come in for one symptom, our physicians are able to take a team approach to identify any other potential problems you may be having as well.

To learn more about the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, visit ortho.keckmedicine.org. To schedule an appointment with an orthopaedic surgeon, call (800) USC-CARE (800-872-2273) or visit http://ortho.keckmedicine.org/patient-information/request-an-appointment/.