Podiatry

You can now self refer yourself to podiatry by completing and submitting the podiatry self referral form.

Podiatry Self Referral Form

Please complete the above self referral podiatry request form by typing in the relevant text fields and emailing it directly to the address
tga-tr.communitycentralbooking@nhs.net

In house monthly sessions are also available for diabetic patients, providing advice on foot care.

Foot health guide

It's especially important to look after your feet if you have diabetes.

Diabetes can reduce the blood supply to your feet and cause a loss of feeling known as peripheral neuropathy.

This can mean foot injuries don't heal well and you may not notice if your foot is sore or injured.

Foot care tips if you have diabetes

  • See a podiatrist at least once a year. You are eligible for an NHS podiatrist if you have diabetes.
  • Keep your feet clean and free from infection.
  • Wear shoes that fit well and don't squeeze or rub. Ill-fitting shoes can cause corns and calluses, ulcers and nail problems.
  • Never walk barefoot, especially in the garden or on the beach on holidays, to avoid cuts.
  • Cut or file your toenails regularly.
  • Get corns or hard skin treated by a podiatrist.

Stop smoking to protect your feet

If you have diabetes, it's important to try to stop smoking. Smoking can seriously worsen foot and leg problems.

Read more about how the NHS can help you stop smoking.

Eat a healthy, balanced diet and keep active

Find out more about eating healthily and keeping active.

When to see a doctor

Seek treatment from your GP or podiatrist if blisters or injuries don't heal quickly.

See your doctor urgently if:

  • You notice breaks in the skin of your foot, or discharge seeping from the wound.
  • The skin over part or all of the foot changes colour and becomes more red, blue, pale or dark.
  • You notice extra swelling in your feet where there was a blister or injury.
  • There is redness or swelling around an ulcer or in an area where you have previously been warned to seek immediate attention.

Diabetes UK has more information on how to look after your feet.