Service disruption due to COVID-19
Managing your feet remains very important during Covid-19 and patients with active wounds are still encouraged to come to their appointment.
Routine appointments are being suspended at this time and instead support will be offered over the telephone or via information leaflet.
If you are worried or notice any deterioration in your foot health please contact Podiatry Booking Office on 01460 247555, Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 4.00pm if you are unable to attend and we will review your treatment plan over the telephone.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation at this difficult time. We will update this page as and when there are any changes to report.
Whilst we are unable to see you some of you please follow the advice below:
Daily foot care
- Check feet, tops, soles and between toes
- Wash and carefully dry feet especially in between the toes
- Apply emollient, for example E45, but not between the toes
- Clean socks everyday
- Check shoes for any damage or objects inside that could damage your foot
- File your nails twice a week
Please visit our webpage for further information and support on caring for your feet and information for those who are at risk of developing foot ulcers: https://www.somersetft.nhs.uk/podiatry/podiatry/support-videos/
What to do in an emergency
If you notice a new foot wound, sore or blister:
- Cover with a clean, dry dressing
- Keep clean and dry
- Phone Podiatry for advice straight away
If you think you have a foot infection:
- Phone Podiatry for advice on 01460 247555, Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 4.00pm
- Contact your GP during normal opening hours
- If out of hours use 111 on the phone or via the internet
If you have a confirmed infection AND any of the SEPSIS signs or symptoms listed below contact 999 immediately or go to Accident and Emergency.
- Slurred speech or confusion
- Extreme shivering or muscle pain
- Passing no urine in a day
- Severe breathlessness
- It feels like you are going to die
- Skin mottled or discoloured
If you have any concerns about your feet during the current coronavirus outbreak please phone Podiatry for advice on 01460 247555, Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 4.00pm
If you are not known to our service you will need a referral from your GP or HCP to access our service, all non-urgent care has been suspended.
Our podiatry service will assess, diagnose and treat abnormal conditions of your feet and lower limbs. We also prevent and correct deformity, encourage our patients to keep mobile and active, and we help relieve pain and treat infections.
Access to treatment depends on your specific foot and health problems. We treat patients at high risk of developing foot problems or patients who already have ulcerated or deformed feet. The type of conditions that could put your feet at risk are: neuropathy (loss of sensation), circulation problems in your feet, a history of ulceration or infection, if you are on dialysis or have severe foot deformities.
Where you are not at high risk or don’t have severe foot problems, you can access services such as nail cutting, footwear-related corns and callus, verrucae and non-painful foot problems from a high street podiatry service.
What our service does
We provide care for you when you have complex illnesses such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis that put you at high risk of developing foot ulceration. We work with you to treat your feet and prevent further problems.
We are part of Somerset’s Integrated Diabetes Multi-Disciplinary Foot team and have strong links with the hospital vascular, orthopaedic, and orthotics services which we may refer you to if you require any further investigations or intervention.
We can provide educational and preventative support on how to look after your feet. For advice on general foot care, footwear, ingrown toenails and infections, there is an excellent library of advice at www.nhs.uk
Toe nail surgery
We provide nail surgery if you are eligible for our service and aged 15 or over with in-grown or painful nails. Using local anaesthetic either part of or your entire nail can be removed, and if required your nail can be prevented from re-growing.
If you are aged 15 or over with a structural abnormality of your foot or a specific medical condition we can make a biomechanical assessment. Before you access this service you will need to try self-care and insoles from the high street.
If you are housebound with ulcerated feet, and you can’t access your nearest clinic you may be able to get a home visit.
How you can access these services
If you have a medical or health need that places you at high risk of developing problems with your feet, you can access these services via a referral from your GP, medical consultant or other health care professional. You can been seen at community hospital sites and clinics across the Trust.