Podiatry

Podiatry Access Hub
Castle Circus Health Centre
Abbey Road
Torquay
TQ2 5YH

Appointments Office: 01803 217712 (8.45am – 3.45 pm, Monday to Friday)
Email: Podiatry Access Hub

Services

Podiatry is the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the human foot. In Torbay and South Devon the following podiatry services are available:

  • Foot health education for patients and carers
  • Courses of treatment for painful foot problems
  • Episodes of care and review of people with at-risk feet
  • Treatment of developmental foot abnormalities
  • Toe nail surgery
  • Wound care

Access to treatment depends on your specific foot and health problems. We are unable to provide treatment for nail cutting, footwear related corns and callus, and non-painful foot problems unless your feet are assessed at high risk or ulcerated. We limit access to ensure that people who have the highest risk, receive the treatment we feel you need from the service.

The type of conditions that could put your feet at risk are: diabetic neuropathy, peripheral arterial disease, a history of ulceration or infection and rheumatoid arthritis (please note this is different to the more common osteoarthritis).

How to get treatment

People aged 18-60 require a referral from their doctor or other medical professional, unless their feet are deemed to be at risk from one of the health conditions described above. All other age groups can self-refer by completing an application form and sending it to us at the address below. A podiatrist will then assess your application and decide whether you need assessment or advice.

We will contact you with an assessment appointment. Your feet will be examined, medical history taken and footwear assessed so that your individual needs can be identified and a joint treatment plan agreed. Please bring an up-to-date list of medication with you. If you need help completing the form please contact the Podiatry Appointments Office.

Where do I send my form?

Podiatry Access Hub
Castle Circus Health Centre
Abbey Road
Torquay
TQ2 5YH

Where you can get treatment

We run podiatry clinics in 16 different locations; some have clinics Monday to Friday and others on specific days of the week. Patients will be offered an appointment in the clinic which is nearest to you, but you may transfer to an alternative location if you wish. Transfer is on a permanent basis (unless you require emergency treatment).

You may also send your card to the office and it will be returned to you with an appointment. It is suggested that patients leave approximately 4 weeks between the time of contact and the time you need to be seen.

How to book future appointments

Your podiatrist or clinical support worker will advise you about this. You can book an appointment either by telephone – through our central appointments office – or by post by sending in your appointment card, which will have the address of your clinic and the contact details you need for booking an appointment. If you telephone for an appointment, please make sure you have your appointment card with you, as this has information which the operator will request when booking your appointment.

Support videos

To support our service users, we have prepared some videos that will help people who have diabetes to care for their feet, which is an important element in the daily management of diabetes. View our videos.

Location of Podiatry Clinics

The service is provided in 16 locations across South Devon. There are four locations which have more than one clinic room available – Brixham Hospital, Castle Circus Health Centre, Midvale Clinic and Newton Abbot Hospital.

  • Ashburton Hospital
  • Bovey Tracey, Riverside Surgery
  • Brixham Hospital
  • Chudleigh Health Centre
  • Dartmouth Clinic
  • Dawlish Hospital
  • Ipplepen Health Centre
  • Kingskerswell Health Centre
  • Kingsteignton Health Centre
  • Moretonhampstead Health Centre
  • Newton Abbot Hospital
  • Paignton, Midvale Clinic
  • Teignmouth Hospital
  • Torbay Hospital
  • Torquay, Castle Circus Health Centre
  • Totnes Hospital
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