The podiatry service provides diagnosis and treatment if you have problems with your legs and feet or are experiencing painful foot conditions. We help to make sure that you can still get around as you used to and to stay independent.
Services range from support in self care through to specialist work in areas such as nail surgery, specialist rheumatology clinics and specialist footwear clinics.
Treatment is provided in over 60 different clinical sites including some GP surgeries, hospital wards, day centres and hospital outpatient departments as well as in your home.
Services we provide include:
New patient assessment clinics
When you first come for an appointment with the podiatry service you will be asked some questions about your medical history and the type of medication you take. Your feet and legs will also be looked at. Once the podiatrist has found out what type of problem you have, a care plan will be made which will detail what treatment you require.
If you are coming for an appointment you are welcome to bring a family member or friend with you.
The aim of these clinics is to maximise your mobility by offering treatment plans based on your need. Included in this are painful foot conditions caused by orthopaedic, neuromuscular or dermatological conditions. Health promotion and foot health advice are offered. A specialist clinic for people with diabetes is also available in Northumberland.
Biomechanics (Northumberland only)
This involves assessing your lower limbs and gait to determine whether your problem is related to normal foot function. You will be given footwear advice and provided with foot insoles where appropriate, with the aim of restoring as near normal foot function as possible.
Specialist rheumatology clinics
Provided in the hospital outpatients department, a specialist podiatrist works within a multi-disciplinary team, providing treatment for those patients with advanced or complex problems associated with the effects of rheumatic diseases.
Specialist wound care clinics
A specialist wound care clinic in North Shields assesses and treats complicated foot wounds.
This service provides a long term solution to chronic painful nails and acute ingrowing toenails. Treatment is by a special technique known as a partial or total nail removal. This is performed using a local anaesthetic to allow the treatment to be pain free.
Accessing the service
Very often you will be referred to the podiatry service by your nurse or GP. However you can also refer yourself - just call your GP practice and they will be able to arrange an appointment.
During your treatment you may be cared for by a consultant podiatric surgeon, biomechanic specialist, rheumatology specialist, specialist podiatrist, podiatrist, podiatry assistant and lab technicians.
Our podiatry service covers both Northumberland and North Tyneside, Monday to Friday. Depending on where you live please contact us on the numbers below:
Department of podiatry
Victoria Therapy Centre
Tyne and Wear
Tel: 0191 2828080
Fax: 0191 2196618
In North Tyneside the service operates Monday to Friday between 9am - 4pm.
Unit 3, Linnet Court
Cawledge Business Park
Tel: 01665 511979
Fax: 01665 511733
In Northumberland the service operates Monday to Friday between 8.30am - 4.30pm.