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Is my podiatry problem urgent? Advice for patients during Covid-19

Updated: Apr 1, 2020

As a result of Covid-19 the NHS will be under significant strain. As podiatrists we are key to successful management of foot and lower limb problems to help prevent hospital admission.

We have been advised to prioritise the management of high-risk foot conditions or those with urgent need, to help avoid complications such as ulceration and infection. We are not currently treating routine patients.

You may be considered high-risk/urgent need if you have any of the following:

- Foot/leg ulcer

- Diabetic neuropathy (lack of nerve sensation in the foot)

- Peripheral vascular disease (circulation problems in the leg/foot)

- Rheumatoid arthritis

- Severe pain

- Immunosuppressant medication

- Signs of foot infection: Redness/swelling/heat/green, cloudy or smelly discharge/continuing or increasing pain

- Any condition (such as ingrown toenail) which if left untreated will cause skin breakdown/infection.

Please note: If you or anyone in your household have symptoms of Coronavirus you will not be able to attend the clinic. Please call NHS 111 for advice.

These conditions are in place to protect our patients and staff and help slow the spread of Covid-19.

SOS protocol

Should you have any query or need advice, we will be answering the phone from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday. If the problem is an emergency and you are unable to contact us, please contact your local urgent care walk in centre or A&E.


We are now offering consultations and appointments via virtual appointment. Andrew can provide MSK/injury rehab using this service. Please call 01260 408514 for more details.

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