Foot Care Service (Podiatry)
We can help you treat and manage conditions and diseases that effect your foot and lower limbs, helping you stay mobile and prevent any future complications.
Once you’re referred into our service, we’ll carry out an initial assessment and book you in for a full appointment.
At your appointment, we’ll do some simple tests and ask you about your symptoms. We might check your arteries for a build-up of fatty deposits (Peripheral Arterial Disease) or for pain that might be related to your nervous system (Neuropathic status).
Where possible, we’ll give you advice about how you can improve your condition or, if appropriate, refer you on to another service.
We can also make you orthotics or insoles and prescribe you with chair side devices that can provide support or cushioning to help improve your condition.
We can carry out an investigation into how your lower limbs are working. We’ll do this by looking at your feet, legs and body position while you’re weight bearing and non-weight bearing. We’ll also check your muscle strength and range of movement.
You should also bring with you a few pairs of worn shoes and any prescribed orthotics or insoles to help us understand your condition better.
If your condition is caused by a mechanical imbalance, the treatment could involve one or more of the following:
- Strengthening exercises
- Orthotics/insole provision
- Advice about footwear and activities
- Referral onwards
We might recommend this treatment if you have a long or short term condition that’s causing you pain or discomfort in your lower legs and feet. We’ll also recommend this for children with development problems or for anyone who has a sports injury.
We can provide an on-going treatment to help you maintain tissue health and mobility. We’ll also give you some detailed advice about self-management techniques and how you can help prevent a serious foot condition developing.
You’re eligible for our service if you have one or more long term conditions and also suffer from a build-up of fatty deposits (Peripheral Arterial Disease) or pain related to your nervous system (Neuropathy). You can also be eligible for our service if you have a history of foot ulcerations.
Unfortunately, patients with diabetes who have a low risk foot problem are not eligible for on–going care through our service.
We can provide specialist care to treat any breaks in the skin on your feet, also known as ulcerations or ulcers.
We’ll work closely with other teams to make sure that we’re treating all the possible causes of your foot problems and to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
If you’ve got diabetes and you notice a break in the skin on your feet, you should contact your nearest Podiatry clinic or your GP surgery.
We can perform nail surgery for any toenail conditions which, if left untreated, could result in tissue breakdown or skin infections. We do this under local anaesthesia to make sure you don’t feel any pain.
If you’re being treated for a build-up of fatty deposits (Peripheral Arterial Disease) or pain related to your nervous system (Neuropathy) and repeatedly suffer from damage or infected toenails, we’ll provide you with some simple foot care advice and education. If we need to, we’ll also refer you on to our podiatry hygienist.
To access our service, you’ll need to be referred through to our HealthHub by a healthcare professional, such as your GP. If you are a patient with Diabetes, you can ask to self-refer by contacting us through one of the emails below. You will then be sent a referral form to complete:
West Berkshire: bks-tr.WBCHpodiatry@nhs.net
Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have trouble with your mobility and are housebound, we can do a home visit to make sure you get the treatment you need.
You can contact our service between the following times:
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Great Hollands Health Centre
Great Hollands Square
Skimped Hill Health Centre
0118 938 2135
0118 313 1430
Whitley Health Centre
268 Northumberland Avenue
0118 938 2135
Royal Berkshire Hospital
0118 233 7110
Langley Health Centre
West Berkshire Community Hospital
Hungerford Community Health Centre
Consultations are by appointment only
Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead
King Edward VII Hospital
St Leonard's Road
St Mark's Hospital
St Mark's Road
0118 949 5114
0118 949 5161