Podiatry is a branch of medicine devoted to the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower leg.
Podiatrists provide hands on treatment such as sharp debridement and specialist wound care, supply bespoke appliances, and work with vascular, orthopaedic and dermatology specialities.
Our podiatrists have a pivotal role in improving independence, mobility and quality of life and reducing falls and offer core podiatry treatments to patients with medical conditions that affect their feet, and with moderate to severe foot problems. They have a key role in the prevention of acute foot problems that may result in hospital admission or amputation and provide a successful nail surgery service for ingrowing toenails. They also offer a tissue viability podiatry service for people (without diabetes) with foot wounds
Best bits of the job:
- Seeing an instant improvement in your patient after treatment
- Diagnosing conditions that aren’t foot related – such as abnormal heart rhythms or nerve entrapment
- Using problem solving skills and creativity every day
- Surprising people – there’s far more to Podiatry than people realise!
Gillian, one of our podiatrists, with a patient.