Podiatry or podiatric medicine is a branch of medicine devoted to the study of, diagnosis, and medical and surgical treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and related structures.
Podiatrists deal with the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the lower limb and are qualified to treat people with arthritis, diabetes, nail surgery and sports injuries. They work with people of all ages but play a particularly important role in helping older people to stay mobile and, therefore, independent.
Your first appointment
This will be an individual appointment. This will be for an assessment and treatment if required. It will involve answering questions about your general health, the medicines you are taking and your foot problems.
You will be given advice on footwear and foot care, to help you look after your feet.
A treatment plan will be discussed and agreed with you. A further appointment will be arranged at a later date which will be sent to you.
If you cannot attend for any reason, please cancel the appointment. It can be given to someone else. If you do not attend your appointment and do not contact the department within 7 days you will be discharged from care.
Consent – it’s your choice
When a podiatrist asks you to agree to any form of examination, treatment or
Care, remember you have a choice. You are always free to say NO, or to ask for more information before you make up your mind. Before the podiatrist examines you or carries out any form of treatment they must ask for your consent or permission. You may be asked to sign a form. You are free to ask for a chaperone during treatment.
For leaflets or more information please contact East Coast Community Access on 01493 809977.