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Podiatry (foot care)

Podiatry (foot care)

What is Podiatry?

 

Podiatry is a specialist area of healthcare which involves the care and maintenance of foot and lower limb conditions.

 

Our podiatry team offer clients the very best in foot healthcare providing the complete solution for foot care and foot related problems.  

 

We specialise in providing assessments and treatments that are focused on relieving symptoms and pain, improving function, preventing disease and improving the independence and well being of both adults and children.

 

What can a podiatrist do for me?

 

  • Recognise & treat painful foot problems
  • Provide treatment and care if you are unable to reach or maintain your own feet
  • Help to manage & prevent foot problems associated with conditions such as diabetes & arthritis
  • Offer specialist advice if you require insoles
  • Provide advice and treat foot problems associated with sport & fitness activities
  • Give advice on footwear & general footcare 

 

What types of treatment are available

 

We offer the full range of specialist advice and treatments for all for foot related conditions including:

 

  • Corrective nail surgery
  • Biomechanics (including gait analysis and the provision of prescriptive insoles)
  • Corn and callus reduction
  • Diabetic screening
  • Nail care (including ingrowing toenails, fungal infections)
  • Wound care
  • Foot health education

 

Appointments


How do I get an appointment? 

Wirral Patients

 

You can be referred to us by your GP or GP Practice Nurse.  They will tell you about Podiatry services in your area and make the referral on your behalf.

Other Healthcare Professionals can refer you to us with your GPs permission.

We will contact you to arrange a convenient appointment for your initial assessment.

 

Depending on your assessment, you may be offered a course of treatment and your next appointment will be booked for you before leaving the clinic.  We will report back to your GP regarding your treatment and any ongoing care.

Knowsley, Liverpool & Sefton Patients

 

You can be referred by your GP or other healthcare professional.    Alternatively you can refer yourself and book directly by telephoning 0151 514 2222 or by completing the self referral form and emailing it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Your appointment

 

On your initial visit you will be assessment by a registered podiatrist who will then prepare a treatment plan for you and if appropriate start your treatment.  Your plan will include any re-assessments needed.

Things to remember

 

  • Ensure the podiatrist has easy access to your feet e.g. wear socks and comfortable shoes
  • Remove all nail polish from your toes prior to your visit or we will be unable to treat you
  • Please let us know if you are unable to attend your appointment as soon as possible so the appointment can made available for another person.
  • If you need to re-arrange a booked appointment, please call 0151 514 2222. 

You will be discharged once your condition has improved or you have completed a course of treatment.

 

 

 

 

Clinics

 

Podiatry clinics run at the following locations:

Wirral

Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton

  • Abercromby Health Centre, Grove Street, L7 7HG
  • Greenbank Road Surgery, 1b Greenbank Road, Wavertree, L18 1HG
  • Mere Lane Neighbourhood Health Centre, Mere Lane, Anfield, L5 0QW
  • RoseHeath Medical Centre, Roseheath Drive, Halewood, L36 9UH
  • St John’s Surgery, Manor Farm Road, Huyton, L36 0UB
  • Towerhill Medical Centre, Ebony Way, Kirkby, L33 1XT
  • Yew Tree Medical Centre, Berryford Road, Dovecot, L14 4ED



PLEASE NOTE: Clinic opening times may vary.

Contact

Wirral Patients

 

To re-arrange a booked appointment please call Tel: 0151 514 2222 (lines open 8:00am – 8:00pm, 7 days a week)

 

Knowsley, Liverpool & Sefton patients

 

To make an appointment please use the self referral form or call 0151 514 2222.

 

All podiatry referral forms should be emailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Fax to: 0151 488 3701

 

Address

Podiatry Administration
First floor, Wing 1
St. Catherine's Health Centre
Derby Road
Birkenhead
Wirral 
CH42 0LQ
Tel. 0151 514 2314

Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:45pm (for administration).

 

GPs

  

Our Expertise

 

Our podiatry team provides assessments and treatments that are focused on positive outcomes and wherever appropriate undertake curative treatments leading to resolution and discharge.

 

Our interventions are based upon current best practice models aimed at relieving symptoms, improving function, disease prevention and prolonging independence by helping people to maintain their mobility as long as possible.

Our experienced NHS podiatrists are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and are qualified to treat all patients who meet the inclusion criteria including non ambulant patients.

 

more How to refer a patient


All patients requiring a podiatry assessment can be referred by their GP or Practice Nurse. Other healthcare professionals wishing to make a referral to podiatry will contact the patient's GP to initiate the referral.


Referrals can be made using the relevant referral form:


Wirral GPCC & Wirral Alliance referral form

Wirral Health Commissioning Consortium referral form 


Forms can be sent by:

E-mail:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fax: 0151 488 3701

Post: Podiatry Administration, 3 Port Causeway, Bromborough, Wirral, CH62 4NH


We will contact the patient to arrange convenient appointment. Evening and weekend appointments are available.

Patients can contact our centralised booking line on 0151 514 2222 should they need to rearrange an appointment.

If a GP or Health Care Professional would like to speak to our clinicians directly about a patient, please call 0151 514 2314.

more Treatments


Diabetic screening

We undertake diabetic screening which is fully compliant with NICE guidance CG10 and can offer a range of reporting mechanisms to suit your practice. We also have the capacity to arrange annual recalls to ensure you meet your QOF if you so wish.

 

Specialist biomechanical services

We undertake biomechanical assessments and gait analysis in order to prescribe functionally corrective orthoses and treatments. We are able to produce custom made insoles 'in-house' using a digital fabrication system and can produce a pair of custom made insoles in less than one hour with many patients leaving clinic with the fitted insoles at their initial assessment.


Corrective nail surgery

Corrective nail surgery procedures under local anaesthesia can provide a permanent solution for many acute and chronic nail problems. We can arrange total or partial nail avulsions with or without phenolisation of the nail matrix as appropriate. We can also arrange re-dressing appointments to the point of resolution if required.


Nail Care

We undertake a range of treatments from simple nail care for those who are unable to manage due to age or infirmity, to the treatment of infected, psoriatic or involuted nails. We also undertake the on-going management of ingrowing toenails for patients who are unsuitable for corrective nail surgery procedures.


Corn and callus reduction

The instant pain relief from corn and callus reduction is appreciated by many of our patients. However this intervention also plays an important role in reducing the number of tissue breakdown events leading to ulceration in patients with poor tissue viability. Many elderly, diabetic and rheumatoid patients benefit from callus reduction and the off-loading of high pressure areas.


Wound care

Our podiatrists are able to undertake all aspects of wound care. They are highly skilled in sharp debridement technique and have comprehensive knowledge of the most effective current dressing regimes. In addition we have a team of highly motivated diabetes specialist podiatrists ready to advise and assist our community podiatrists with all wound care issues.


Foot health education

Whilst most foot health education is delivered within the clinic on an individual basis, Wirral Community NHS Trust podiatrists also actively partake in the multidisciplinary X-Pert education program for new-diagnosed patients with diabetes.


Self-management strategies

We provide health and wellbeing education, encourage independence and remaining in work, and our patients are actively encouraged to participate in their own footcare as much as possible. Podiatrists also provide advice and assistance to carers.

 

more Key benefits


Patients benefit from accurate diagnosis and appropriate onward referral improving their journey during the process of assessment and treatment, and reducing the need for unnecessary investigations. We offer advice, support and interventions regarding diabetes, rheumatology, biomechanics and wound management. We also undertake multi-disciplinary interventions involving, tissue Viability, physiotherapy and Falls Prevention.


We treat and provide advice on:

 

  • Painful foot conditions
  • Chronic and acute nail conditions
  • Ulceration and Infection
  • Dermatological foot problems
  • Biomechanical problems
  • Ultrasound vascular assessments
  • Diabetic foot screening
  • Footwear and Orthotic prescriptions
  • Foot health education
  • Help with falls prevention

more What our patients say


Our patient feedback reflects the quality of our service and we are committed to listening, learning and ensuring the continued delivery of high quality care.


"All round fantastic appointment and treatment, thank you so much!"

 "I am already feeling the positive effects from wearing the orthotics"

"Practitioner was excellent"

"Excellent facilities!"

"My whole experience was a credit to the NHS"

"the advice and explanation given was clear and precise..."

"Today was my first visit to the podiatry clinic...thanks for the excellent & efficient service provided..."

"I was very pleased with the advice and treatment I had..."

"Fantastic service..."

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  • "Appointment was seen to on time. The advice and future aftercare I will follow from the Podiatrist was clear...
  • "Very satisfied with the standard of care, information and advice I receive."
  • "Very kind and sympathetic."

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