Podiatrists are healthcare professionals who've been trained to diagnose and treat abnormal conditions of the feet and lower limbs. We also prevent and correct deformity, keep people mobile and active, relieve pain and treat infections.
We can give you advice on how to look after your feet and what type of shoes to wear. We can also treat and alleviate day-to-day foot problems, including: toenail problems, such as thickened toenails, fungal nail infections, or ingrown toenails, corns and calluses, athlete's foot, dry and cracked heels, flat feet, bunions, heel pain, and sports injuries.
We also treat patients with more complex illnesses that affect their feet such as rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes. Conditions like these will often create foot problems if the patient does not take preventative steps to protect their feet. We work with the patient to treat their feet and prevent any further problems where possible.
We are a part of Somerset’s Integrated Multi-Disciplinary Foot Team and have strong links with the hospital vascular, orthopaedic, and orthotist services which allow us to provide holistic care.
If you have diabetes there are some simple things you can do to prevent foot complications. Click on the Podiatry - diabetic foot blue box to the left.
Nail surgery is provided for patients aged 15 or over with in-growing or painful nails. Using local anaesthetic either part or the entire nail can be removed and if required the nail can be prevented from re-growing.
A biomechanical assessment is undertaken for patients aged 15 or over with a structural abnormality of the foot or a specific medical condition. Self-care and insoles from the high street need to have been tried prior to referral for this service.
To qualify for any packages of care on a domiciliary basis, patients must be housebound with active ulceration and be unable to access their nearest clinic through any of the forms of transportation available to them.
How you can access these services
Patients are referred to the service by their GP, consultant or other health care professional. Patients are seen in community hospital sites and clinics..