Information about your care
We plan your care following an assessment.
1. General assessment and treatment
Once you've been referred to us, we will assess you. This gives us the information that we need to plan your care. Our podiatrists will examine your feet and ask you about your medical history.
We base our care plans on your clinical need, and offer you a care package which is individual to you. If you have another health condition, such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, or vascular disease, we consider this when we assess what you need.
If we assess you and don't find that you have foot problem that requires our intervention we will offer you foot care & general advice. If you have a condition which might put you at feet at risk, we may provide a treatment care package or you we may offer some advice about self-care and discharge you to your GP.
3. In-growing toenails
- corrective nail surgery under local anaesthetic
- assessment and diagnosis for a range of skin and nail conditions, including tinea pedis and hyperkeratosis
- treatment using mechanical debridement (this means using a scalpel to remove corns and callous)
- treatment using chemical therapies (these are medicaments used specifically to relieve pain and irritation).
4. Back pain and foot care
Podiatry care doesn't stop at the ankle! Walking with flat feet can lead to long-term problems such as pain in your hips and knees, strains on your ankles, and even back and neck pain. We can assess you and provide effective treatments to improve your foot function and gait, including joint manipulation, strapping, and exercise regimes.
5. Foot ulcers and wounds
If you have a foot ulcer, we will treat you until it has healed. If you have a complex, non-healing ulcer linked to diabetes, we may refer you to a specialist podiatrist at our hospital site, who works closely with other professionals in our diabetes team. If you have a chronic foot ulcer which needs long-term, regular dressings, we will care for you jointly with your local district nurses and your GP.
6. Diabetes and foot care
Members of our team are embedded in the Community Diabetes Service. If you have diabetes, you are more likely to develop foot ulcers, as diabetes can affect your foot health. We will make a special assessment and provide you with advice and treatment to prevent more serious problems from developing. Regular care from a podiatrist plays a critical role helping someone with diabetes manage their foot care.
If you have diabetes but have not previously been assessed as having foot health risk factors, your GP will review your foot health every year. Our team can only perform a diabetic foot review if you have had your risk status assessed have, complications which have already been identified by your GP.
For more Information please contact www.knowdiabetes.org.uk.
7. Vascular disease and foot care
If you have a vascular disease, you may need some particular foot care. We will assess you and provide care according.
8. Neurological conditions
If you have a neurological condition, or are recovering from a stroke, it is very likely that you will need some care from a podiatrist. We offer a range of treatments, including exercise programmes, strapping techniques, orthotics and footwear advice and work closely with the Neurological Rehabilitation (ENABLE) team.
If you have arthritis or another rheumatology condition, you are particularly at risk of developing problems with your feet, including deformities, foot ulcers and infections. Once we have assessed you, we will offer you specialised care to keep your feet as healthy as possible.
10. Orthotics and insoles
If you have problems linked to your feet, ankles, knees, hips, lower back and gait, we may be able to help by using orthotics (known as insoles). We give expert footwear advice to help keep you comfortable if you have painful or malformed feet. We also prescribe appropriate insoles or orthotics.
11. Care for older people
If you are elderly, it's particularly important to look after your feet. This helps to keep you mobile and independent. We provide a range of clinical services for older people, and also offer education and practical training to you and your carer to help you look after your feet.
12. Falls prevention
We work closely with you and with our Falls Team to help reduce your risk of falls if you are elderly. We offer continuing support, and can provide advice on good footwear which will help to keep you stable.
13. Caring for children
Educating children about foot and treating them early if they have walking difficulties is important to prevent them from developing problems in later life.
We assess and treat children for a range of conditions, including providing services for infections and painful conditions, such as in-growing toenails.
14. Conditions we can't care for
Unfortunately, we can't care for you if you:
- don't have a foot health problem (or a medical condition which puts you at risk of foot health problems) requiring continued care
- have non-pathological or normal nails
- can undertake your own basic foot and nail care, or have carers or relatives who can help you
- have minor calluses and do not experience symptoms from them
- have problems that are caused or aggravated by inappropriate footwear
- have a verruca
- have a minor fungal nail infection.
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