Podiatry

About the Service

The podiatry element of the Herts Valley Integrated Diabetes Service aims to promote positive foot health and provide a range of services for people with diabetes related foot health problems. The service is targeted to those with the greatest podiatry needs, and those whose diabetes complications put their feet at greater risk of damage or infection.  

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

Clinic Locations

How the Service is provided

  • Referrals can be made by patients using the patient referrals form or by GP’s or other health care staff using the Diabetes Service Single Point of Contact referral form.
  • Podiatry Services are provided in clinics across the Herts Valley area. 
  • The initial assessment appointment will usually be within six 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.
  • Those patients with an urgent wound or red hot foot should be referred straight to the acute multi-disciplinary foot team at West Herts Hospital Trust

What will happen at your 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 .

If required treatment and wound care will be carried out.

Useful information

Making a Referral

Podiatry Self-Referral Form

Helpful Information

West Herts Podiatry Clinic Details

New Referral Pathway for the Foot in Diabetes

Information for people with a Learning Disability