Podiatry

Podiatry is the medical discipline which deals with foot related health and disease. The word podiatry has largely replaced the term chiropody by professionals. Podiatrists specialise in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of problems affecting the foot and ankle.

The Podiatry Service is aimed at people with 'at risk' feet. This means that priority will be given to people who have been diagnosed with poor circulation, loss of feeling in the feet, or another medical condition which places them at risk of developing ulcerations, infections or other significant foot problems.

We do not offer a simple nail cutting service to patients whose feet are not considered to be 'at risk'. The following leaflet is aimed at providing you with the necessary information to undertake regular nail care in a safe and confident manner and advice on common ailments.

Treatment will only be provided if deemed necessary by the podiatrist.

The podiatrists work in close partnership with other health professionals including GPs, specialist nurses, district nurses, practice nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and hospital services e.g. the Specialist Diabetes Service in Central Lancashire.

The Podiatry service provides the following through a skill mix of qualified podiatrists and foot care assistants:

  • Specialist Biomechanics Clinics including joint physiotherapy/podiatry clinics - gait and developmental abnormalities are assessed and where appropriate, orthoses (insoles) are prescribed to correct and maintain foot function

  • Nail Surgery - the removal of either part of the nail or the whole nail under local anaesthesia to correct in-growing toe nails

  • Woundcare Clinics - providing care for complex foot wounds

  • Diabetes Care - providing annual foot assessments; treatment, specialist education (DESMOND) and review of patients with diabetes. Working as part of the diabetes multidisciplinary team including consultant led foot clinic. Provide direct referral to the consultant diabetologist if necessary

  • Rheumatology Clinics - providing assessment, treatment and review including provision of orthoses / insoles where necessary. Working as part of the multidisciplinary team including consultant led clinic. Provide direct referral to the consultant if necessary

  • Advanced Vascular assessments for those referred by podiatrists - using specialist diagnostic equipments, podiatry staff are able to assess blood flow to the feet that can be a valuable indicator as to their vascular status. Direct referral to vascular consultant if necessary

  • General Podiatry Clinics - a holistic approach to general footcare and health education to improve or maintain foot health for those patients with an assessed need including biomechanics and wound care

  • Foot care clinics - for basic foot care, foot health education and advice for those with the at risk foot