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Podiatry and Foot Health (Chiropody)

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.

Podiatry Offices
Castle Circus Health Centre
Abbey Road
Torquay
TQ2 5YH

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

Services

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:

  • Foot Health education for patients and carers
  • Courses of treatment for painful foot problems
  • Treatment and review of people with at risk feet
  • Treatment of developmental foot abnormalities

Clinics include:

  • Nail surgery – available at Brixham and Newton Abbot Hospitals
  • Foot ulcer wound care (access within 48-hours for GP referrals)
  • Assessments
  • Assessments for provision of foot orthoses
  • Short course treatment
  • Nail care for very high risk patients General podiatry for high risk patients.

The department will accept referrals for:

  • Musculoskeletal disorders, where there is lower limb developmental abnormality with associated pain or deformity.
  • Advice and treatments for metatarsalgia, plantar fasciitis, hallux limitus, pes cavus, pes planus and developmental hallux abducto valgus
  • Provision of foot orthoses to correct foot deformity
  • Long term care for high risk /at risk diabetic and rheumatoid patients
  • Wound management, we provide treatment of any foot ulcerations
  • Surgery and or advice for onychocryptosis (ingrowing toe nails)
  • Nail care for patients with peripheral vascular disease
  • Treatment and advice for pathological corns and callus
  • Advice on self-management of footwear-related lesions such as corns and callus
  • Foot health education to groups on falls prevention.

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.

Referrals

  • All referrals will be paper screened and offered either an assessment.
  • The new patient assessment includes a comprehensive medical history, and a detailed vascular and neurological assessment. This appointment lasts about 40 minutes.
  • If the patient is eligible to receive treatment, they will be given an individual treatment plan devised according to their medical and podiatric needs. Problem oriented goals will be documented and a shared care plan agreed with the patient.

Specialist services for patients

  • Diabetes
  • Nail Surgery
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Rheumatology
  • Domiciliary Care
  • Wound Care
  • Assessments
  • Health Education

Location of Podiatry Clinics

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

  • Ashburton Hospital
  • Bovey Tracey, Riverside Surgery
  • Brixham Hospital
  • Chudleigh Health Centre
  • Darmouth Clinic
  • Dawlish Hospital
  • Ipplepen Health Centre
  • Kingskerswell Health Centre
  • Kingsteignton Health Centre
  • Moretonhampstead Health Centre
  • Newton Abbot Hospital
  • Paignton, Midvale Clinic
  • Teignmouth Hospital
  • Torbay Hospital
  • Torquay, Castle Circus Health Centre
  • Totnes Hospital

Student Placements

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.