Podiatry

Podiatry is a branch of medicine devoted to the health of patients through treating problems of the legs and feet. Services range from supporting you in self-care, to specialist services for nail surgery, arthritis, diabetes, musculoskeletal problems, sports injuries and specialist footwear clinics.

Service Overview

The Podiatry service is provided by a team of specialist podiatrists, podiatry assistants, healthcare assistants, and clerical staff.

Podiatry is an 'open access' service where we can assess you to determine your needs and provide care to you based on medical risk and/or podiatry need.

For certain conditions a care plan will be provided to cure or improve the problem so that you can be discharged.

Personal foot care

People who require personal foot care with no significant medical or podiatry conditions will be directed to information about self care, carer provided care, voluntary sector organisations, or independent sector providers. You can find useful information on personal foot care at www.lookafteryourfeet.info.

 

Appointments and Clinics

Access to the service

You can access the service by completing a 'self referral' application form available at local clinics. GPs can make electronic referrals direct to the service. We also accept referrals from hospital consultants, other healthcare professionals, and social services staff.

Before your appointment

Your application will be processed by a clinician and assessed for urgency. An appointment will then be sent to you together with information on what to expect at your assessment appointment. Your application may be delayed if the information you provide is incomplete. 

What to expect at your appointment

The length of time you will spend with the clinician will depend on the reasons for which you have been referred and the type of assessment you need.  If you need a follow-up appointment, this will be arranged before you leave the clinic. You are welcome to have a friend or relative come with you. 

After your appointment

If you need a follow-up appointment as part of a care plan, this will be arranged before you leave the clinic. Patients who only require screening (for example some patients with diabetes) will be recalled as required. You may also be referred on if you need to access additional services. 

Cancelling/changing your appointment

If you need to change or cancel your appointment for any reason, please tell us as soon as possible so that we can issue your appointment to another patient. 

Failed appointments

Please help us to help you by letting us know if you cannot keep an appointment.

Failed appointments are costly for the service and means that waiting times for other patients are increased.

Referrals

 

We provide a variety of treatments and care plans. These are either provided by individual clinicians or clinicians working together as part of the wider healthcare team, both in the community and in the hospital.

Care is provided through three main Podiatry pathways

High risk and diabetes pathway 

Care and foot protection when you have complications as a result of diabetes, peripheral arterial disease, chronic kidney disease, and a compromised immune system.

Podiatry diabetes annual screening is provided to people with diabetes who are 'low risk' and have no other foot problems. Patients are recalled annually for a foot check. This service is provided by healthcare assistants.

Musculoskeletal (MSK) foot and ankle pathway

Care to adults and children who have pain from structural or functional problems with their legs and feet. This pathway also includes patients with rheumatological conditions. Treatment may include providing insoles or orthoses.

For the musculoskeletal service section, click here.

Enablement pathway

Care to patients who are vulnerable with long term conditions such as Parkinsons Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and learning disabilities including nail surgery, electro-surgery, and falls prevention. It is provided by both podiatrists and podiatry assistants.

 

Contact

Podiatry Head Office
Arrol Park Resource Centre
Doonfoot Road
AYR
KA7 4DW

Telephone: 01563 826361