- diabetic foot problems, including infection and ulceration
- foot problems related to arthritis
- ingrown toenails (nail surgery)
- mechanical foot and lower limb problems that need treatment with insoles
- poor circulation
- skin and nail conditions
Links to useful information
- Common Foot Problems
- Ways to reduce risk of infection in wounds
- Amputee - Podiatry
- Diabetes – Foot care for patients at high risk
- Diabetes – Foot care for patients at medium risk
- Diabetes – Foot care for patients at low risk
- Diabetes – Foot ulcers
- Diabetes – Looking after your foot in remission
- Diabetes Foot Clinic
- Diabetes – Charcot foot
- Podiatry - Chilblains
- Podiatry – Fungal nail infection
- Podiatry - Veruucas
- Childrens – Plantar Fasciitis
- College of Podiatry - Children's footwear
At your first appointment we’ll discuss your medical history and any concerns you have. We’ll examine your feet and if needed, we’ll also carry out some basic tests.
Once we’ve assessed your needs, we’ll chat through your treatment options and decide on the best course of action. For minor problems you may not need treatment and we’ll give you advice on how to manage your symptoms at home.
Some conditions can be treated at your 1st appointment and you’ll be discharged from the service straight away. For more complex conditions, you may need a course of treatment, in which case we’ll arrange further appointments with you as needed.
If you’re unable to leave your home due to your health, we may be able to treat you at home.
Podiatrists are specialists in the foot, ankle and lower leg. We are trained to assess, diagnose treat and manage foot and lower limb disorders. Podiatrists have a wide and varied scope of practice from management and prevention of diabetic foot ulcers to assessment of walking and orthotic prescription.
Podiatry assistants work alongside podiatrists to provide treatment for patients. They undertake some foot care treatments independently, as well as assisting in nail surgery, assisting in wound care and giving foot care and footwear advice.
NHS Careers in NCIC Podiatry
We are a large progressive department with four main sites at Penrith, Carlisle, Workington and Whitehaven, with numerous peripheral clinics.
We provide treatment grounded in evidence based practice. Offering a varied caseload including high risk preventative treatments, foot ulcer management, biomechanical assessment and prescribing orthotics to improve foot function or reduce pain and nail surgery. We offer a programme of learning based on nationally recognised competencies to support career progression, including rotations in the Multidisciplinary Diabetic Foot Clinic and Biomechanics Clinic.
We work closely with the research and Design Department, participating in research and encouraging clinicians to develop research ideas. We audit both locally to support service improvements and nationally. Opportunities for collaborative working with Universities
Traditional Approved BSc Degree course
- Full time course 3-yr course
- Podiatry with Foundation 4-yrs
- Theory based learning with variety of rations available
- Five GCSEs (grades A-C) including language, maths and science
- Three A levels, including a bilogical science or equivalent
- Fulltime 3 years
- Work based programme
- Allocates specific times to work under direct supervision
- Three GCSEs ( minimum grade C mathematics, English and a science subject)
- Evidence of Level 3 qualification
- Satisfactory Enhanced DBS (check or equivalent)
Scope of Practice
Foot health advice for new patients, walking assessments and treatments, sports injuries, gait analysis, Diabetes, Rheumatology, rehabilitation, maining mobility, nail surgery and skin conditions.
- Very helpful staff who take a coordinated and holistic approach focusing on prevention as well as treatment.
- Feel I was listened to and received good care.
- My foot problem is much better due to the excellent care and service.
- Very polite and professional and gave me first class treatment.
- I always felt well informed and cared for in a friendly and approachable way.
- The staff I saw made me feel very confident in my treatment.
Flatt Walks Health Centre
3 Castle Meadows
North Carlisle Medical Centre
Penrith Health Centre
Workington Community Hospital