If you are considering going to a foot doctor, chances are you are experiencing some sort of foot pain and discomfort.

You may be suffering from a common foot condition, such as a bunion or a hammertoe that just will not go away. You may be in bothersome or even intense pain.

Eric Tan, MD, assistant professor of clinical orthopaedic surgery in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, advises that you should be prepared with questions when visiting your physician.

Tan, who is a foot specialist with USC Orthopaedic Surgery at Keck Medicine of USC, says the following questions are the best ones a patient should ask when visiting their doctor and explains why:

1. What is wrong with my foot?

By asking what is wrong, you will be able to get a direct answer regarding your diagnosis.

2. Why is this problem happening?

When you ask why the problem is happening, you will get insight into the specific behavior that may have led to your symptoms. You can then make adjustments to resolve the issue.

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

This question ensures that all your treatment options are put on the table. When provided with more information, you will be able to work alongside your doctor to choose the best treatment for you, whether that be medication or surgery, if necessary.

Receiving care at a major academic medical center like Keck Medicine of USC means your care team includes some of the most talented experts in the field. These physicians have access to the latest innovation in both tools and techniques. Keck Medicine of USC physicians take a team approach to care — able to quickly identify and treat any other potential problems you may also be experiencing.

To learn more about USC 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/.