About the service
Podiatry is a medical speciality dealing with assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the foot, lower limb and associated structures. Not only do we treat conditions of the foot we also assess the gait and joint function in
order to prescribe orthotics to assist with walking and running problems.
Our service is available to any age group (including children) who have a podiatric need or gait abnormality.
- General podiatric care
- Painful foot skin/nail conditions
- Nail surgery
- Diabetic foot care
- High-risk foot care
- Biomechanical assessments
- Orthoses / insoles
What will happen at an appointment?
Podiatrists assess foot problems from a structural and functional perspective, considering any medical issues.
There are many different ways we can treat your foot or gait problem. Every patient is assessed and given an individually tailored care plan being given the care, advice and treatment to meet their specific needs.
Why would someone choose the service?
- Assessment and treatment provided in a variety of settings across Barnsley to meet patients’ needs
- Knowledge and skills to provide excellent outcomes and recovery
- Excellent links and joint working with other professionals eg physiotherapy teams, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, dietitians, doctors, nurses etc
- Flexibility in appointment times including early morning clinics
- Patient-centred, comprehensive approach to treatment
- Patient satisfaction survey results – 98% of patients stated they would recommend us to family and friends
Staff you may meet
- Administrative staff provide essential support to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. This can be in a variety of different settings, with administrators working as a receptionist in a clinic or a clerk on a ward. They may also be working closely with a consultant as a medical secretary.
- The NHS employs a wide range of clinical staff, it wouldn’t be possible to list them all on this website! All our clinical staff are skilled, dedicated professionals who adhere to high standards of training and work-place practice.
- Receptionists are the first link for many patients and visitors. They often work on their own or with one or two other receptionists, greeting patients as they arrive and check them in. They might also collect patient notes and ensure that these vital records go to the right healthcare professional. In a clinic, they may make appointments and arrange patient transport.
Why a professional should choose the service
- Support people to remain in their own homes
- Prevention of admission to hospital
- Excellent allied health professionals network for referral on/shared working(part of Barnsley Therapy Services – www.barnsleytherapy.co.uk)
- Successful outcome measures
- Prompt response to urgent referrals
- The central point of referral for all referrals allowing direction to right professional first time.
- Highly skilled and trained workforce
- Flexible and adaptable workforce
- Continuity of care across different pathways, from acute to community and vice versa
- Multi-disciplinary working in many areas
- Patient-centred, holistic approach to treatment
- Appointments offered at a variety of times
- Reduces G.P appointments even more so now we have the ability to prescribe
- Clinics offered at 14 locations across the Barnsley district
- Telephone advice
- Assessment and diagnosis
- Onward referral
- Supporting self-care/management
- Nail surgery on ingrowing toenails
- Wound management including sharp debridement, hydrosurgery and prescription of medication and dressings.
- High risk foot management and treatment
- Biomechanical assessment
- Foot orthotic prescription and manufacture
- Full recovery
- Reduction of pain
- Improved mobility
- Wound healing
- Self-management of foot conditions including nail cutting and hygiene
- Enable patients to reach their full potential
- improved physical health and well being
- Monitoring of high risk long-term conditions having an effect on the foot or lower limb
- Improved knowledge of their condition
Referrals accepted from:
A & E, AHPs, Carers/family, CMHTs, Consultants, GP staff, GPs, Health visitors, Hospital staff, Local authority staff, Midwives, Other NHS services, Other Trust services, Patients(self-referral)
Referrals also accepted from:
There are a variety of ways you can be referred to our service: Your GP or another health professional can refer you to our service. Your GP will have access to our appointments through the Choose and Book system. Physiotherapists, consultants, nurses, health visitors and other health care professionals can refer you to our service by letter or referral form. You can also refer yourself to podiatry, simply by giving us a call.
Anyone of any age group who has:
- an acute or painful foot condition
- gait (manner of walking) abnormality
- a long-term condition requiring podiatric intervention
- in growing toenail including requiring surgery
- high risk foot problem
- requiring education or advice
- We are unable to provide a general nail cutting service unless there is a specific podiatric need or an associated medical condition that would require the nails to be cut by a professional. This would be assessed by one of our podiatry staff.