Podiatry

Podiatry is a clinical speciality that deals with the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of foot and lower limb conditions. Our Community Podiatry Service provides podiatry care and associated specialist services for patients at over 75 locations across North Yorkshire.

Podiatry services

We offer a range of services, including general core podiatry, nail surgery, management of high risk feet and muscular and skeletal imbalances and injuries.

All our Podiatrists are Health and Care Professions Council registered. Our treatment pathways are guided by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Locations

There are over 70 community podiatry locations within our Trust. They fall under the following localities:

  • Harrogate locality – Podiatry Department, Harrogate District Hospital, Lancaster Park Road, Harrogate, HG2 7SX. Telephone: 01423 553472
  • Hambleton and Richmondshire locality – Podiatry Department, Bedale Health Clinic, Sussex Street, Bedale, DL8 2AH. Telephone: 01423 542455
  • Selby and York locality – Podiatry Department, White Cross Court, White Cross Gardens, off Huntington Road, York ,YO31 8FT. Telephone: 01423 542300

Core podiatry

Core podiatry relates to the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of common foot conditions, including the treatment of nails, corns and callus. If you require our core podiatry services, our podiatrists will aim to keep you mobile, reduce your pain and discomfort and prevent any further deterioration in the condition of your feet.

We will offer you appropriate health education and advise you about your foot condition. We will explain what you can do to improve your condition. This may include advice on appropriate footwear, and being shown how to file and manage your nails.

Biomechanics

Biomechanics studies the action of internal and external forces on the body. Podiatrists look at how these forces affect the foot and lower limb. Some patients may need further investigations or have complex biomechanical problems. This will require the attention of a podiatrist from the biomechanics team with additional specialist skills in this area of expertise.

Biomechanics Factsheet

High risk

The high risk service is for people who have complex conditions that put the foot at risk. Many patients are at risk as a result of diabetes, but there are a number of other risk factors including poor circulation or rheumatoid arthritis. Please note that having diabetes does not necessarily make you high risk.

We aim to prevent deterioration and avoid amputation. We work closely with wider multi-disciplinary teams to ensure that all appropriate treatments are accessed when needed.

Diabetes Factsheet

Referral

Referral for NHS podiatry is based upon medical and podiatric need rather than age. Access to podiatry services is via GP or other health professional referral only.

Referral Factsheet

FAQ

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I have diabetes; do I have to be seen by a Podiatrist?
If you have diabetes it is recommended that your feet are checked on an annual basis for risk factors. This is usually carried out by your Practice Nurse, who may bring to your attention any relevant diabetic complications.

I have diabetes; can I cut my own toe nails?
Yes, if you have no diabetic complications there is no reason why you cannot cut your own toenails. If necessary we are happy to show you how to do this safely.

If I am accepted for Podiatry treatment does this entitle me to indefinite care?
No, following assessment the Podiatrist will discuss your foot problems with you and agree a course of treatment.

I am over 65 and have paid my National Insurance, am I entitled to Podiatry treatment?
Like all NHS care, Podiatry is available to those assessed as having a need.

I want my toenails cut. Do you provide a pedicure service or toe nail cutting service?
A. Whilst we see and advise patients, we will not routinely see those unable to cut their own toenails. Toe nail cutting is considered as personal care; we are able to provide training for relatives/carers, alternatively there are Podiatrists/Chiropodists in the private sector who will provide this service. A list of local providers is available from the Podiatry Service if required, otherwise just look for a Podiatrist that is registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Key staff

General Manager and Head of Podiatry: Robin Hull

Principal Podiatrist, Musculoskeletal: Antony Carter

Principal Podiatrist, High Risk and Diabetes: Katharine Speak

Quality Lead: David Pike

Team Lead Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale: Clare Brown

Team Lead Selby and York: John Mandziuk

Team Lead Harrogate: Emma Noe

Team Lead, Hambleton and Richmondshire: David Pike

Useful links and downloads

For healthcare professionals

Patient Leaflets