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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
  • Stretching
  • Strapping
  • 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 our HealthHub by a healthcare professional, such as your GP. If you have diabetes, you can self-refer into our service.

Phone number  0300 365 1234

Email address  bks-tr.healthhub@nhs.net

Fax number  0300 365 0400

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:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm

Bracknell

Great Hollands Health Centre

Great Hollands Square
Bracknell
Berkshire
RG12 8WY

Phone number  01344 458107

Fax number  01344 458123

Skimped Hill Health Centre

Skimped Hill
Bracknell
Berkshire
RG12 1LH

Phone number  01344 458107

Fax number  01344 458123 

Reading

Oxford Road

689 Oxford Road
Reading 
Berkshire
RG30 1HP

Phone number  0118 918 5870

Fax number  0118 959 5507

Whitley Health Centre

268 Northumberland Avenue
Reading 
Berkshire
RG2 7PJ

Phone number  0118 918 5870

Royal Berkshire Hospital 

Craven Road
Reading
Berkshire
RG1 5AN

Phone number  0118 233 7110

Slough

Langley Health Cenre

Common Road
Langley
Slough
Berkshire
SL3 8LE

Phone number  01753 635473

Fax number  01753 635032

Upton Hospital

Podiatry department
Albert Street
Slough
Berkshire
SL1 2BJ

Phone number  01753 635473

Fax number  01753 635295

West Berkshire

West Berkshire Community Hospital

London Road
Thatcham
Berkshire
RG18 3AS 

Phone number  01635 273337

Fax number  01635 273338

Hungerford Community Health Centre

The Croft
Hungerford
Berkshire
RG17 0HY

Consultations are by appointment only

Phone number  01635 273337

 

Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead

King Edward VII Hospital

St Leonard's Road
Windsor
Berkshire
SL4 3DP

Phone number  01753 636142

Fax number  01753 636141

St Mark's Hospital 

St Mark's Road
Maidenhead
Berkshire
SL6 6DU

Phone number  01753 638413

Fax number  01753 638415

Wokingham

Wokingham Hospital

Barkham Road
Wokingham
Berkshire
RG41 2RE

Phone number  0118 949 5114

Fax number  0118 949 5161