2018 06 25Podiatry is the field of medicine that specialises in assessing, diagnosing and treating conditions of the foot and lower limb. A podiatrist can also give you advice about foot care, gait analysis and on the best footwear for you and your family.

When do I need to see a podiatrist?

In many cases, following our self-care tips will help the problem improve. If it doesn’t, it’s best to seek professional help.

You should visit a podiatrist if:

Your feet hurt – they will assess your condition and advise you on the best treatment.

Your symptoms are getting worse – a problem isn’t improving naturally, or within three weeks of self-care.

You want to prevent foot problems – a regular foot check can help keep your feet healthy.

How do I get an appointment with a podiatrist?

There are different ways to see a podiatrist, and may depend on where you live:

Go through your GP

They may be able to refer you for an NHS podiatry appointment. Or in some areas, you may be able to self-refer.

Visit your local independent practice podiatrist

It’s important to find a professional who is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which is the UK-wide regulatory body.

Use the tool on our website to find a podiatrist near you: https://www.scpod.org/find-a-podiatrist

The Basildon Practice

38 Byfletts (Off Clayhill Road), Basildon, Essex



The Romford Practice

587 Upper Brentwood Road, Gidea Park, Romford

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