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The South Devon Podiatry and Foot Health Service is managed by Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care Trust. Podiatry specialises in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the high risk foot. The department is commissioned to provide NHS treatment to patients with medical conditions which may put their feet at risk of developing a foot ulcer.
Castle Circus Health Centre
Appointments Office: 01803 217712 (8.45am - 3.45 pm, Monday to Friday)
Team Administrator: 01803 217711 (General queries only)
Practice Manager: 01803 217761 (General queries and complaints)
Head of Service: 01803 217714
Podiatry involves the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the high risk foot and prevention of foot and lower limb problems. In South Devon the following podiatry services are available:
The department will accept referrals for:
However, nail cutting, footwear related corns and callus, and non-painful foot problems are not eligible to receive treatment unless the feet are at risk. Conditions that qualify feet as 'at risk' are a history of ulceration or infection.
The service is provided in 16 locations across South Devon. There are four locations which have more than one clinic room available – Brixham Hospital, Castle Circus Health Centre, Midvale Clinic and Newton Abbot Hospital
The podiatry department works closely with Plymouth University podiatry Degree course. Podiatry students attend the department for placements throughout their course. The placements last for three weeks. In the first year the students observe the services provided by the department. In the second and final year the students undertake the treatments under the supervision of a mentor.
Patients are informed prior to their appointment they may receive treatment by a student and have the right to refuse. Consent is always gained before the student observes or undertakes any treatment.