Podiatric surgeons are well placed to assist NHS Trusts and wider referral pathways with the backlog of foot and ankle referrals and surgical caseload due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They are ideally placed to break down traditional barriers between hospital and community services, delivering innovative models of tackling long waits.Podiatrists as first contact practitioners
Podiatrists are experts in lower limb health and disease, and have the requisite knowledge, skills and training to work as First Contact Practitioners (FCPs) in primary and community care. Published 27 November 2020.
Podiatry's Role in Tackling MSK Disorders
Podiatrists detect, diagnose and treat a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders and are central to reducing the health burden of musculoskeletal disorders in the lower limb. This version was updated in April 2019.
Podiatry Led Management Of Peripheral Arterial Disease
Podiatrists are clinically effective in improving early diagnosis, ensuring appropriate treatment and focusing on best outcomes for people with peripheral arterial disease (PAD), as well as reducing healthcare cost burdens.
Podiatric Detection Of Atrial Fibrillation
Podiatrists are ideally placed to carry out opportunistic checks for undiagnosed atrial fibrillation (AF) as part of a routine podiatry assessment and when encountering visual symptoms that suggest an underlying circulatory disorder.
Non-Medical Prescribing By Podiatrists
Non-medical prescribing by podiatrists has enabled more effective use of their skills, time and outcomes, leading to improved experience and journey of their patients.
Podiatry's Role In Keeping Children With MSK Pain Active
Managing pain and promoting activity ensures children lead active lives which promotes health and well-being.
Podiatry's Role In Primary Care
Improving health outcomes and increasing capacity: How podiatrists support improved health outcomes and increase capacity within primary care.