Podiatry (foot disorders) and orthotics


Podiatry is the management of foot disorders and the problems associated with medical conditions that manifest themselves in the feet and lower limbs. The podiatrist's role is to assess, diagnose and treat foot and lower limb disorders in those patients seen to be at risk from infection, ulceration or amputation due to an underlying medical condition.

High risk or at risk foot: A high risk or at risk foot patient is someone with a medical condition or illness that may make it more difficult for damaged skin to heal eg lower limb circulatory problems, neuropathy (sensation loss), diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or certain medications/treatments such as chemotherapy for cancer.

The Podiatry Department also provides health education talks to healthcare professionals, carers and the general public. Please contact the Podiatry single point of access for further information.

The Podiatry department are now running a footwear fitting and advice clinic at Brunswick Hub in Leamington Spa.

We have a range of wider fit shoes in different styles, that can be tried and fitted by our Specialist Podiatrists who are also qualified shoe fitters.

This can help you decide what size you need and what shoe best fits. We are unable to sell the shoes, but by trying on our fitting range you can narrow down quite significantly the size and style you need and get lots of advice about your footwear.

To arrange a shoe fitting appointment please contact Podiatry on 01926 600818 option 4.


Orthotics is the assessment and provision of medical devices that are applied externally to the body. All parts of the body are covered from the head to toes. This can be to correct, stabilise or maintain alignment of a joint or limb.

Orthotics can also be used for protection from injury eg protective helmets. Orthotics is used by virtually every discipline of medicine, including Orthopaedics, Neurology, Rheumatology, Vascular, Paediatrics, Tissue Viability, Diabetes, Trauma to name a few.

Podiatry specialities

Diabetes team

A service is provided to those patients diagnosed with diabetes who have active, high or moderate foot risk according to NICE Guideline 19 (2015) 'Diabetic Foot Problems: Prevention & Management.' Patients with neuropathy and/or impaired circulation or one or more risk factor should be referred to the Podiatry Department for triage and screening. Active foot problems including ulceration with or without infection or suspected Charcot should be referred immediately for urgent triage, assessment and treatment. Please download the Diabetes Referral Pathway.

Rheumatology team

The rheumatology team run specialist clinics at the main podiatry clinics once a week. Patients with an active rheumatological/connective tissue disease, who are seen by a rheumatology consultant, should be referred to the department for triage and screening.

Musculoskeletal team (MSK)

The MSK team provide advice and/or treatment as necessary to children and adults with pain or deformity in their feet or legs stemming from muscles, bones, joints and related soft tissue.

Specialist podiatrists work alongside the rheumatology and musculoskeletal teams, providing education and treatment for complex musculoskeletal pathology as a consequence of systemic disease. The team evaluates the needs for orthotics for feet only and provides advice on exercises and footwear. Please note we do not provide surgical footwear.

Neurology team

The neurology team provide a service at the Leamington Hospital, as well as the community clinics. They aim to provide: lower limb stability, in order to assist in mobility; prevent falls through footwear; hosiery advice; and simple orthotics.

Nail surgery

A specialist service in the community providing the option of permanent removal or treatment of ingrown toenails for the at risk or high risk foot and children under 18 years. This treatment involves nail removal under a local anaesthetic and we can also provide nail bed ablation (to prevent nail re-growth). An initial assessment and consultation is always carried out prior to any procedure to ensure suitability. Patients can be referred by G.P. or Health Care Professional. Please note that these treatment only take place at Crown Way Clinic - Leamington SPA, Pool Bank Street - Nuneaton.

AQP nail surgery

A service for patients requiring a surgical option for the treatment of ingrown toe nails. Patients must meet a specific access criteria ie aged 18 years and over, with a healthy vascular supply to the lower limb, intact neurological status and no other immune compromising medical conditions. Patients must be referred by their GP through Choose and Book using AQP nail surgery referral form. Please note that these treatments only take place at Crown Way Clinic - Leamington Spa, Pool Bank Street - Nuneaton.

Podiatry at home

We provide a patient centred service incorporating a tailored treatment plan, education and empowerment supporting the wellbeing and quality of life of patients who exhibit complex medical needs and are likely to be vulnerable, frail and at risk. Patients must be housebound to access this service and meet the department's criteria for treatment.

Contact and location - Podiatry

Podiatry single point of access

Leamington Hospital, Heathcote House, Heathcote Lane, Warwick. CV34 6SR.

Tel: +44 (0)1926 600810
Fax: +44 (0)1926 600812
Email: podiatryreferrals@swft.nhs.uk
Please download our referral form.
Hours of opening: 09.00 - 16.00

Podiatry services are provided at the following locations:

  • Alcester Clinic: Alcester Primary Care Centre, Alcester. B49 6PX
  • Atherstone Clinic: Long Street, Atherstone. CV9 1AX
  • Bedworth Health Centre: High Street, Bedworth. CV12 8NQ
  • Brunswick Hub: Shrubland Street, Leamington Spa. CV31 3BD
  • Cape Road Clinic: Cape Road, Warwick. CV34 4JP
  • Coleshill Clinic: Wingfield Road, Coleshill. B46 3LD
  • Crown Way Clinic: Crown Way, Lillington, Leamington Spa CV32 7SF
  • Ellen Badger Hospital: Stratford Road, Shipston-On-Stour. CV36 4AX
  • Kenilworth Clinic: 13 Smalley Place, Kenilworth. CV8 1QG
  • Orchard Centre: Lower Hillmorton Road, Rugby. CV21 3SR
  • Polesworth Health Centre: 2 High Street, Polesworth, Tamworth. B78 1DU
  • Pool Bank House: 5 Pool Bank Street, Nuneaton. CV11 5DB
  • Leamington Hospital: Heathcote Lane, Warwick. CV34 6SR
  • Stratford Healthcare Community Clinic: Arden Street, Stratford-Upon-Avon. CV37 6NQ

Contact and location - Orthotics

Orthotic single point of access

Outpatients Department, Warwick Hospital, Lakin Road, Warwick CV34 5BW
Tel: +44 (0)1926 608098
Email: Orthotics.SurgicalAppliances@swft.nhs.uk
Hours of opening: 09.00 – 15.45

Orthotic services are provided at the following locations:

  • Warwick Hospital, Lakin Road, Warwick CV34 5BW
  • Ellen Badger Hospital: Stratford Road, Shipston-On-Stour. CV36 4AX
  • Stratford Hospital, Arden Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6NX
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