About the Service

The podiatry service aims to promote positive foot health and provide a range of services for people with foot health problems. The service is targeted to those with the greatest podiatry needs, those who have a medical condition or are taking medication that puts their feet at greater risk of damage or infection.

The service is provided by a dedicated group of podiatrists who are trained to deal with the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the lower limb. All staff involved in your care keep you informed throughout your treatment and give aftercare advice to help reduce foot problems. All of the podiatrists (chiropodists) are registered with the Health & Care Professionals Council.

How the Service is Provided

Patients can refer themselves directly to the Podiatry Service, or ask their GP to refer them using the referral forms below.

Podiatry Services are provided in clinics across the county. 

The initial assessment appointment will usually be within two to sixteen weeks depending on medical risk status and the severity of the foot problem.

You will be offered an appointment at your nearest podiatry clinic. If your appointment is with a specialist podiatrist you may be asked to travel to a specialist clinic.

Who To Refer

  • People living with diabetes as this may affect sensation and/ or circulation to the feet and make people more prone to infections
  • People with problem feet, especially those who are living with long term conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis
  • People with podiatry musculoskeletal problems
  • People with painful in-growing, damaged or deformed toenails

The service does not provide toenail cutting for normal toenails unless your medical problem puts your feet at high risk, such as some people with diabetes.

Meet The Team



St Albans and Harpenden


Diabetes Specialist Nurses

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What Will Happen at you Appointment

At your first appointment you will be asked about your general health and any medication you are taking. The podiatrist needs to know this before they make recommendations or decisions about your foot treatments. Your circulation and sensation in your feet will also be checked. In consultation with you, the podiatrist will decide on a treatment plan which may include further tests and an appointment with a specialist podiatrist or discharge with self help advice.

Clinic Locations

Making A Referral

Diabetes Pathway

Podiatry is part of the multi-disciplinary team, providing a full range of podiatry services for diabetes patients including:

  • educating patients on maintaining good foot health
  • ulcer debridement and treatment ( urgent referral)
  • prevention of amputation
  • ongoing Specialist Podiatrist care
  • padding and insoles

High Risk Pathway

Podiatry provides a foot health service to those who have a medical condition that puts their feet at greater risk of foot problems. We work with the rheumatology and vascular teams. We provide:

  • ulcer debridement and treatment
  • padding and orthoses
  • education
  • Care and support for those with long term conditions that affect their feet

Nail Surgery Pathway

This is based at St Albans City Hospital, Marlowes Health and Wellbeing Centre, Oxhey Drive Health Centre, QE2, Hertford County Hospital and Kingsway Health Centre. Total and partial nail removal using a local anaesthetic and prevention of regrowth by application of a chemical.

This is a simple and proven successful procedure for dealing with painful acute in-growing, damaged or deformed toenails that would benefit from nail surgery . The procedure is carried out subject to satisfactory health screening to ensure the ability to have a local anaesthetic and good wound healing.

The patient will need to be able to redress the toe themselves following the procedure and attend a limited number of post-operative appointments

Foot Health Promotion

Foot health education and promotion form an integral part of all treatment provided by the Podiatry Service.

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Contact the Service Tel: 01727 732004

Helpful Information For Patients

Helpful Information for Professionals

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