Podiatry

Podiatrists work to improve the mobility, independence and quality of life for their service users by assessing, diagnosing and treating a wide range of problems affecting the feet and lower limbs, with an emphasis on preventative care.

Podiatrists work across a range of clinical settings in the community and hospital environment.

Podiatrists provide a comprehensive foot health service, including:

  • Nail surgery
  • Podiatric management of foot pathology for patients with the following conditions: diabetes, vascular, oncology, rheumatology and renal disease
  • Musculo-skeletal conditions, biomechanics – the treatment of mechanical foot problems with special appliances or insoles
  • Integrated Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service (ICATS)


Services provided:

Podiatrists assess, diagnose and treat people with feet, ankles and lower limbs problems. They aim to improve mobility, independence and quality of life for their patients and to help reduce complications associated with all risk conditions affecting the feet.

These problems can be caused by a range of conditions, including:

  • bone and joint disorders, for example, arthritis
  • soft tissue and muscular pathologies
  • neurological and circulatory diseases
  • foot injuries and infections caused by sports and other activities.

Community podiatrists provide a comprehensive foot health service in health centres involving:

  • Nail surgery - permanent removal of part or whole toe nails.
  • Biomechanics - treatment of mechanical foot problems with special appliances or insoles
  • Health education
  • General foot care

Hospital podiatrists manage acute complex conditions as part of a multidisciplinary team. These patients may be seen as inpatients or outpatients. The services that podiatry provide include:

  • Diabetes
  • Vascular
  • Oncology
  • Rheumatology
  • Muscuoloskeletal Disease
  • Renal
  • Falls Prevention

Hospital podiatrists have joint clinics with relevant consultants and with orthotists. At joint orthotists clinics specialised footwear is prescribed and provided.

 

 


 

How to access the service

In hospital patients are referred to Podiatry by Medical Staff for assessment and advice according to their need.

In the community you can contact this service directly through the central referral number listed below. or ask your GP, a family member, or other healthcare professional to do it for you.

All community referrals are made via call management.

 If you live in North and West Belfast: Tel: (028) 9063 5300
 If you live in South and East Belfast:  Tel: (028) 9056 5565
(Monday to Thursday 8.30am – 5pm and Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm)

 


Contact the service

Royal Victoria Hospital - 028 9063 3040
Belfast City Hospital & Mater Hospital - 028 9063 8493
Musgrave Park Hospital Footwear clinic - 028 90637510

South & East
Arches Centre – 028 9504 3800
Bradbury Centre - 028 9063 9547
Knockbreda Centre -  028 9504 1234

North & West
Beechall Centre – 028 90639804
Carlisle Centre – 028 90639554
Shankill Centre – 028 90639639