In terms of medico-legal advice, although the GMC makes it clear in its guidance that doctors mustnt use their professional position to pursue a sexual or improper relationship with a patient or someone close to them, it doesnt mention anything specific on hugging.
Is it appropriate for a doctor to hug a patient?
Hugging should never be mandatory, Vejar says, but providers should recognize how much a hug might mean to patients. “It lets them know that their presence is welcome, that they are valued, that we care about them, and that they are being heard,” she says.
Do doctors touch patients?
So its particularly unusual for doctors to be comfortable touching their patients outside of the physical exam. Even shaking a patients hand doesnt come naturally to all of us, much less a gentle pat on the shoulder. After all, our traditional role as physicians is more about diagnosing and treating than comforting.
Why do doctors touch your feet?
We check your legs and feet to look for swelling. People with heart or liver disease may have fluid back-up in their legs, but it can also be a sign of infection or blood clots. We also check the pulses in your feet and look for any skin problems.
Why do doctors ask you to touch your toes?
The Toe Touch Test is a great test for overall mobility in the lower back and hamstrings, plus it can help identify a hip problem versus a lower back/core limitation. Begin by having the player stand with feet together and toes pointing forward.