What we do
Podiatrists diagnose treat and manage conditions/diseases of the feet and legs. There is no difference between chiropodist and podiatrist. Podiatrist is the term used for chiropodists in other English speaking countries. We are qualified to treat people with diabetes, arthritis, sports injuries and ingrowing toenails. Our service aims to provide a high quality and timely service. Those at risk of developing serious foot problems are prioritised.
We see patients at home if they are bedbound, and also see children with leg, foot and ankle pain associated with growth.
The Podiatry service covers:
- Painful or infected ingrowing toenails that need surgery.
- Painful skin conditions e.g. corns and callus (hard skin).
- Painful foot conditions.
- Foot problems with poor circulation and or loss of feeling.
- Diabetic foot care for those with problems.
- Care for people with rheumatoid arthritis.
- Wound (ulcer) management.
- Falls prevention.
- Patient education e.g. footwear advice.
The Podiatry service does not cover:
- Toenail cutting and skin care for those without any problems.
- Foot surgery
- Verruca and wart treatments
Criteria for treatment/assessment:
Patients will be assessed against their medical and podiatric needs. They will be classed as high, medium or low risk.
Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday: 8.30am until 5.00pm
Late night clinics for Gait Analysis until 6.30pm
*Specialist evening clinics in biomechanics.
- Bentley Medical Centre
- Darlaston Health Centre
- Brace Street Health Centre
- Pinfold Health Centre
- Anchor Meadow Health Centre
- Brownhills Medical Centre
- Manor Hospital (Rheumatology)
- Sai Medical Centre (Biomechanics)
Are Self-Referrals Accepted?
How to Access the Service/Referral contact information
There are two ways to be referred to the podiatry service:
- General Practitioner referral – your doctor will refer you to the podiatry service if he or she feels you fit our criteria.
- Health Professional referral – this can be from a health care professional as part of their assessment e.g. the nurse or physiotherapist.
The referral will be looked at by one of our team members. If it is not accepted, you or your GP will be informed, or you may be referred to an alternative, appropriate service.
For any queries please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Please feel free to have a read of some of our advice sheets:
Podiatry service leaflet
Diabetic foot care
Callus and corn management
Athletes foot and fungal infections
Lower limb stretches