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 footcare

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
  • Muscoskeletal Disease
  • Renal

Hospital podiatrists have joint clinics with relevant consultants and with orthotists.
At joint orthotists clinics specialised footwear is prescibed 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)