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
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.
- Kingsway Health Centre (Podiatry Service)
- Watford General Hospital (Podiatry Service)
- Bedford Road Health Centre (Podiatry Service)
- Bowling Road Clinic (Podiatry Service)
- Bushey Medical Centre (Podiatry Service)
- Lister Hospital (Podiatry Service)
- Nevells Road Health Centre (Podiatry Service)
- Oxhey Drive Health Centre (Podiatry Service)
- Park Drive Health Centre (Podiatry Service)
- Potters Bar Community Hospital (Podiatry Service)
- The New QE2 Hospital (Podiatry Service)
- Queensway Health Centre (Podiatry Service)
- Royston Health Centre (Podiatry Service)
- St Albans City Hospital (Podiatry Service)
- Skidmore Way Health Centre (Podiatry Service)
- Avenue Clinic (Podiatry Service)
- Cheshunt Community Hospital (Podiatry Service)
- Elstree Way Clinic (Podiatry Service)
- Gossoms End (Podiatry Service)
- Marlowes Health & Wellbeing Centre (Podiatry Service)
- Harpenden Memorial Hospital (Podiatry Service)
- Hemel Hempstead General Hospital (Podiatry Service)
- Hertford County Hospital (Podiatry Service)
- Herts and Essex Hospital (Podiatry Service)
- Hoddesdon Health Centre (Podiatry Service)
Making A Referral
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
- 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.
Contact the Service Tel: 01727 732004
Helpful Information For Patients
- Visit our Resources for Patients Page
- How to keep your feet healthy – www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Foothealth
- Find out about the most common foot problems and how to prevent them – www.feetforlife.org
- For people living with diabetes – www.diabetes.org.uk
- Podiatry Sales Form
- Podiatry Orthotics Sales Form
- For Patients Living with Arthritis – http://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/shop/publication-bulk-order-form.aspx
- Information Leaflet: Hertfordshire Podiatry Service
- Information Leaflet: Choosing Your Footwear
- Information Leaflet: Managing Your Verruca
- Information Leaflet: Plantar Fasciitis
- Information Leaflet: Severs Disease
- Information leaflet: Foot care for People with Diabetes
- Information leaflet: Diabetic Foot Ulcers
- Information leaflet: A guide to Nail Surgery
- Information leaflet: After Nail Surgery
- Easy read foot care for diabetes
- Easy read information on Podiatry Service
Helpful Information for Professionals
- Visit our Resources for Professionals Page
- For Healthcare Professional Use: Hertfordshire Podiatry Service Professional Guide
- For Healthcare Professional Use: Diabetic Risk Classification: High
- For Healthcare Professional Use: Diabetic Risk Classification: Increased/Moderate
- For Healthcare Professional Use: Diabetic Risk Classification: Low
- For Healthcare Professional Use: Diabetic Risk Classification: Active, Ulcerated, Charcot
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