A Podiatrist is a health professional who helps to make sure your feet are healthy and pain-free to allow you to be active. They work with you to help solve your feet and leg problems, specialising in the prevention and diagnoses of a range of issues that affect the feet and lower limbs. We listen to patients, offer them choice, and involve them as much as possible in decisions about their future care. All podiatrists are dedicated professionals who are registered with the Health and Care Profession Council (HCPC).

What is podiatry?

Podiatry is the study of foot and lower limb health. Our service aims to promote good foot health to help sustain mobility and reduce pain.

Services

NHS Fife Podiatry Service is open to everyone who lives in Fife, who has a podiatric need that we can help with. We maximise mobility by offering treatment and advice that reflect the patient's needs. These sessions specialise in the treatment of skin, orthopaedic, vascular, and neurological conditions. Health promotion and foot health advice are offered.

The service has specialist podiatrists who offer podiatric treatment in the areas of:

  • General Podiatry
  • Diabetes
  • Musculo-skeletal (MSK)
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Rheumatology
  • Children and Young People
  • Nail Surgery

We regularly help people with:

  • Nail and skin problems including ingrown toenails, corns and callous etc.
  • Common muscle and bone problems such as plantar fasciitis or sports injuries
  • Wound treatment and reducing the risk of wounds
  • Creating insoles and orthotics to help with foot disorders.
  • Health promotion, giving advice on keeping feet healthy and wearing appropriate footwear.
  • Performing nail surgery using local anaesthetic
  • Supporting self management of foot conditions.
  • Referrals to other more specialist podiatry clinics such as physical therapies, including laser and acupuncture, as well as biomechanics and diabetes.
  • Referrals to other departments including vascular, orthopaedic footwear, physiotherapy and active options

Referral routes

Members of the public can self-refer to the Podiatry Service. You can access an electronic request for assistance form here:

https://www.nhsfife.org/services/services-and-departments/podiatry-foot-health/request-for-assistance/

The completed forms are secure and confidential, and will be submitted directly to the service, which will respond within 14 days. If you do not receive a response within this time, you can contact 01592 647199, Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm, with your reference number.

If you prefer, you can collect a hard copy of this form from your local clinic, health centre, or GP Practice.

All requests for assistance will be triaged and may lead to signposting to other services, telephone or video consultations, or face to face appointments.

NHS Fife Service contacts

Podiatry contact no.:

Telephone: 01592 645218

 

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