Podiatry is the medical discipline which deals with foot related health and disease. The word podiatry has largely replaced the term chiropody by professionals. Podiatrists specialise in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of problems affecting the foot and ankle.

The podiatry service is aimed at people with 'at risk' feet who have a clinical need to prevent foot related issues. This means that priority will be given to people who have been diagnosed with poor circulation, loss of feeling in the feet, or another medical condition which places them at risk of developing ulcerations, infections or other significant foot problems.

We do not offer a simple nail cutting service to patients whose feet are not considered to be 'at risk' and we do not treat verrucae. Treatment will only be provided if deemed necessary by the podiatrist and you could be discharged following your initial assessment with advice on self-care.

What we do 

The podiatrists work in close partnership with other health professionals including GPs, specialist nurses, district nurses, practice nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and hospitals

  • Specialist biomechanics clinics: gait and developmental abnormalities are assessed and where appropriate, orthoses (insoles) are prescribed to correct and maintain foot function
  • Nail surgery: the removal of either part of the nail or the whole nail under local anaesthesia to correct in-growing toe nails
  • Wound care clinics: providing care for complex foot wound services
  • Advanced vascular assessments for those referred by podiatrists: using specialist diagnostic equipment, podiatry staff are able to assess blood flow to the feet that can be a valuable indicator as to their vascular status. Direct referral to vascular consultant if necessary
  • Diabetes care: providing annual foot assessments; treatment, specialist education (DESMOND) and review of patients with diabetes. Working as part of the diabetes multidisciplinary team including consultant led foot clinic. Provide direct referral to the consultant diabetologist if necessary. LSCft specialist foot care clinics take part in the National Diabetes Foot Care Audit (NDFA). Further details below.
  • Rheumatology clinics: providing assessment, treatment and review including provision of orthoses or insoles where necessary. Working as part of the multidisciplinary team including consultant led clinic. Provide direct referral to the consultant if necessary
  • General podiatry clinics: a holistic approach to general foot care and health education to improve or maintain foot health for those patients with an assessed need including biomechanics and wound care
  • Foot care clinics: for basic foot care, foot health education and advice for those with at risk feet

How to access the service

The service accepts self referrals and referrals from GPs.

Blackburn with Darwen referral form

Central Lancashire referral form

This service is available for advice and assessment to people of all ages including children who are registered with a GP in the following areas:

  • Preston
  • Longridge
  • Chorley
  • South Ribble
  • Blackburn with Darwen

The service is provided from a number of community clinics and health centres. Home visits are available for people who are housebound.

Where the service is provided 

Barbara Castle Way Health Centre

Simmons Street

Blackburn

BB2 1AX

Telephone: 01254 617 193

Darwen Health Centre

James Street West

Darwen

BB3 1PY

Telephone: 01254 283 581

Darwen Health Centre

James Street West

Darwen

BB3 1PY

Telephone: 01254 283 581

Roman Road Health Centre

Fishmoor Drive

Blackburn

BB2 3UY

Telephone: 01254 282 777

 

Adlington Clinic
Railway Road
Adlington
Chorley
PR6 9RG

Bamber Bridge Clinic
School Lane
Bamber Bridge
PR5 6QE

Buckshaw Village Surgery
Unity Place
Buckshaw Village
Chorley
PR7 7HZ

Coppull Clinic
2 Springfield Road
Coppull 
Chorley
PR7 5EJ

Chorley & South Ribble District Hospital
Preston Road
Chorley
PR7 1PP

Eccleston Health Centre
Doctors Lane
Eccleston
Chorley
PR7 5RA

Leyland Clinic
Yewlands Drive
Leyland
PR25 2TN

Chorley Health Centre
Collison Avenue
Chorley
PR7 2TH

Penwortham Health Centre
St Mary's
Cop Lane
Penwortham
PR1 0SR

Withnell Health Centre
Railway Road
Withnell
PR6 8UA

Podiatry Office
Leyland House
Lancashire Business Park
Centurion Way
Leyland
PR26 6TR

 

 

Ashton Health Centre
Pedders Lane
Ashton-on-Ribble
Preston
PR2 1HR

Brookfield Clinic
19 Croasdale Avenue
Brookfield
Preston
PR2 6UB

Fulwood Clinic
4 Lytham Road
Fulwood
Preston
PR2 8JB

Geoffrey Street Health Centre
Geoffrey Street 
Preston
PR1 5NE

Ingol Health Centre
Village Green Lane
Ingol
Preston
PR2 7DS

Longridge Community Hospital
St Wilfrids Terrace
Longridge
PR3 3WQ

Minerva Health Centre
Lowthope Road
Deepdale
Preston
PR1 6SB

Preston Healthport
Vicarage Lane
Fulwood
Preston
PR2 8DW

Ribbleton Clinic
Langdon Drive
Off Pope Lane
Moor Nook
Preston
PR2 6HT