The work of the foot clinic
The podiatrists carry out foot examinations to identify foot conditions in high-risk patients with diabetes. The examination includes advice on wound management and prevention, selection of appropriate footwear and information about the importance of regular foot therapy.
All acute foot ulcers, and leg wounds are treated. Non-infected superficial wounds are debrided and pressure is relieved by cushioning footwear or an aircast boot.
If there are signs of infection, a management plan is drawn up in collaboration with a doctor from the outpatient clinic. Treatment may include antibiotics and a check-up visit to the general foot surgeon. Advice is given on footwear to cushion and redistribute pressure, and any orthopaedic footwear the patient may have is checked.
As well as collaborating with the general foot surgeon, the podiatrists work in close cooperation with the health professionals in the outpatient clinic and on the outpatient ward.