Welcome to the Podiatry Department
We have suspended routine podiatry care until further notice due to the Coronavirus outbreak. This is to keep patients and staff safe. Existing patients needing urgent treatment (ie foot wounds or infections) can call us on 01302 379550. We are still accepting new referrals for foot wounds or infections.
Doncaster Community Podiatry Services employs an enthusiastic team of podiatrists who provide a wide range of services to the local community, prioritising those with the greatest risk of potential limb loss.
Podiatry is the modern term for chiropody and this name reflects the increased scope of practice of the profession that has developed from its origins in chiropody to become a medical speciality dealing with the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the lower limb.
All podiatrists working in the Trust are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and have completed a three-year university training course at a recognised School of Podiatry.
Scope of practice
The scope of practice of podiatry is much wider than many people realise and includes:
- At Risk Patient Management
- Sports injuries and Biomechanics
- Minor Surgery
- Foot Health Education
Within the Doncaster area there are a number of general podiatry clinics where assessment, evaluation and foot care for a wide range of patients is provided. Treatment plans will be devised for conditions such as painful corns and callosities. The outcome of your foot and medical assessment will determine the treatment plan. If you are low risk you will be given self-help advice and discharged. If you are moderate risk you may be given an intense course of treatment, including self-help advice and then either discharged or reviewed annually. If you are high risk you may be required to be seen once or twice yearly or sometimes more frequently for on-going care. Self-help advice is also given to reduce the risk of serious foot complications developing.
All our podiatrists are qualified to administer local anesthetics and trained to carry out nail surgery procedures. As part of general care, podiatrists are involved with nail surgery to correct conditions such as ingrown nails.
Please note we do not provide a routine nail cutting service.
Sport injuries and biomechanics
Podiatrists examine the way in which the lower limb functions by looking at the patient’s bone structure, muscle and joint function. This area of work is vital to the understanding of how and why lower limb pathologies develop.
A lot of biomechanical problems are treated with Orthoses. These are insoles that with the use of strengthening and stretching exercises can improve foot function.
Foot health education
New and existing patients are invited to a foot health assessment that involves discussing the roles of the patient and podiatrist in helping to maintain and improve people’s foot health.
Guidance and training is also given to staff in local hospitals and social service establishments to enable them to carry out basic foot care.
Some of our podiatrists work alongside other health and social care professionals as part of clinical teams and contributes to specialist clinics in rheumatology, dermatology, orthopaedic and diabetes services.
At-risk patient management
All of our podiatrists work with patients who are known as being at risk. This means they have an underlying illness or condition that puts their legs and feet at an increased risk of injury or development of wounds, such as diabetes, rheumatology problems, some disabilities, poor circulation and reduced feeling.
Hospital and social service establishments
Patients are visited at the request of ward staff for problems other than basic nail care. All ward staff are offered training to carry out basic nail care.
You can be referred by your GP or other health professional, or you may refer yourself directly to the department by completing an application form for a podiatry assessment. These can be collected from the Podiatry Department at Cantley Health Centre on Middleham Road, Doncaster or your nearest health centre, clinic or GP surgery or alternatively, sent to you by post or email.
Please note: Failure to complete ALL sections of referral form will result in your application form being returned and therefore delaying your treatment
(If you live outside the Doncaster area, you will need to be referred by your GP).
Podiatry assessments and subsequent treatment response may be influenced by any medical conditions and/or the nature of the foot problem.
Treatment plans may consist of:
- Practical advice and information to help patients maintain their own foot health
- A course of treatment to resolve a foot problem.
- On-going treatment and surveillance to improve patient mobility and quality of life.
The department also provides podiatry services where appropriate to Social Services establishments, day care centres, patient’s own homes and in local hospitals.
Address: Cantley Health Centre, Middleham Road, Goodison Boulevard, Doncaster, DN4 6ED.
Contact details are:
- Telephone: 01302 379550
- Fax: 01302 379515
Please follow this link to download our Podiatry Referral Form
Please note we do not accept photographs of the referral form, the original form must be sent through the post to Podiatry Services, Cantley Health Centre, Middleham Road, Goodison Boulevard, Doncaster DN4 6ED or an electronic version may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments, concerns or complaints?
Our aim is to provide a high quality service and we welcome any comments or suggestions that may provide an opportunity to improve what we do.
If you have any comments, concerns or complaints and would like to speak to someone about them please telephone: 01302 379550.
The power point includes useful information for anyone who has diabetes or is caring for someone with diabetes.
- Ageing feet
- Athlete’s foot and fungal nail infections
- Chilblains – advice for effective care
- Diabetic footwear advice
- Foot care for children and teenagers
- High risk feet – Diabetes information
- Holiday Feet
- Ice therapy
- Insoles/foot orthoses
- Ischaemia: lack of blood flow
- Looking after a diabetic foot ulcer
- Looking after your feet
- Low risk feet – Diabetes information
- Moderate risk feet – Diabetes information
- Neuropathy: lack of feeling
- Plantar fasciitis
- Plantar fasciitis taping
- Sweaty feet – advice for effective care
- Verruca – advice for effective treatment
- Your shoes and you – advice for good footwear
Below is a useful short video for patients and carers about helping people with diabetes look after their feet.:
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