About the service
The podiatry service provides podiatry services across Gateshead in community clinics, hospital wards, and patient’s homes.
The service comprises podiatrists and advanced podiatry assistants, who provide screening, treatment and education to patients, empowering them to self-care, and preventing future foot pathology.
The service also undertakes specialist services including diabetes outpatient clinics, where the key function is rapid assessment and treatment for patients experiencing diabetic foot ulceration, with the aim of healing ulceration as quickly as possible and promoting better awareness of the risk factors and improving the prevention of further foot complications.
We also undertakes nail surgery which involves the full/partial removal of toenails for patients with recurrent toenail problems. This is carried out under local anaesthetic. The service also provides electrosurgery, which involves the removal of long-standing lesions such as plantar corns, and verrucae that have not responded to conventional treatment.
A biomechanics service provides gait analysis and the provision of insoles, pressure-relieving devices, and dynamic devices to realign the foot and improve gait and associated foot problems.