Podiatry is the management of problems of the foot and lower limb. It is a medical service offering care to those who have specific Podiatry problems or medical conditions that can cause problems with the lower limb. All NHS Podiatrists are registered with the Health and care Professions council.
The podiatry service offers a range of specialist treatments:
- Toenail surgery
- Diabetic foot care for those classed as medium or high risk
- Wound care
- Biomechanical Assessment. Provides assessment and treatment of unusual walking patterns, painful foot conditions with the provision of insoles.
Patients are seen in the following settings:
- Health Centres
- Community Hospitals
- Forth Valley Royal Hospital
- Care homes
- Domicillary visits This is for those strictly housebound
As many older people are fit and healthy, and in common with all other NHS Services access to this service is not age related.
NHS Forth Valley does not provide a toenail cutting service, this is classed as personal foot care.
Personal Foot Care
Personal foot care includes the tasks that adults normally do for themselves. Cutting and filing your toenails is part of your own personal foot care.
The website lookafteryourfeet.info has been developed in association with the Scottish government to support people, their families and care providers in the provision of personal foot care. The short video below also gives advice on personal foot care.
Referrals to the Podiatry service
You can be referred to NHS Forth Valley Podiatry by your GP or other health care professional.
All referrals will be triaged by a Podiatrist
Referrals that meet the access criteria will be offered an initial appointment where their podiatry needs will be assessed.
Many people only require a short course of treatment or advice to enable them to improve their foot condition.
Other useful links
- Foot Care During Lockdown
- Diabetes UK Scotland
- My Diabetes My Way
- NHS Inform
- National Foot care Guidelines
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