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Foot Health

The Foot Health Service offers routine treatment, nail surgery for ingrowing toe nails, verrucca treatment, diabetic foot care, laser therapy, bio mechanics and offers treatment for paediatric foot problems.

The service holds clinics across the borough in community health clinics, Solihull Hospital and some GP surgeries. In some cases care can also be given at home.

Access criteria

The Foot Health team provide treatment for patients who have a medical need.

The service sees patients that are both resident in Solihull and those registered with a Solihull GP.

Patients are encouraged to undertake their own basic foot maintenance and advice on how to do this is available to both patients and carers.

Routine treatment

Current waiting time for first appointment is within 13 weeks (patients are prioritised according to information given)

Routine treatment is provided for patients who have a medical need for treatment.

Treatment is available for thickened or excessively curved nails, corns and callosities.

Patients with underlying foot deformity or poor foot function can be provided with appropriate orthoses and advice on footwear.

Nail surgery

Current waiting time: 4 weeks

Adult and paediatric treatment is available for ingrowing toenails.

Nail Surgery is performed weekly at the Foot Health Department at Solihull Hospital and Hurst Lane Clinic, Castle Bromwich.

Verruca treatment

Waiting time for first appointment: Within 4 weeks

If you have a verruca you should first try home treatments available from pharmacies.

If you are experiencing considerable pain or discomfort or verrucae are rapidly spreading you can be referred for cryotherapy and or laser therapy by your GP. This treatment is available at our clinic within Solihull Hospital.

Diabetic foot care

Diabetic Foot Care is offered both in the community and in hospital and is by referral.

Solihull Hospital Diabetic Foot Clinic offers services for patients at very high risk with active diabetic foot disease requiring urgent attention.

Community patients who develop an acute episode of diabetic foot disease will be referred to the Hospital Diabetic Foot Clinic.

Once their condition is stabilised they may be referred to the Community Diabetic Intermediate Clinic at Grove Road or Hurst Lane Clinic for treatment by podiatrists who have an advanced qualification in diabetes care.

After the condition is resolved they will return to one of the Community Foot Clinics for on-going treatment.

Diabetic patients, whose feet are assessed as being 'at risk', will remain under the care of the service for on-going treatment and monitoring.

Laser therapy

Laser Therapy is available for the treatment of verrucae and also to help in the healing of diabetic foot ulcers.

Biomechanics

The Biomechanics team accepts referrals for patients who have problems resulting from poor foot function.

This includes conditions such as 'flat' feet, painful heels, sports injuries, ankle, knee, hip and back pain and foot deformity.

Treatment may include the provision of orthoses, exercises, advice on suitable foot wear and a referral for physiotherapy.

Patients referred to this service are prioritised according to information given.

Paediatrics

The Foot Health service is happy to receive referrals for all paediatric foot problems.

This may include 'flat feet', curly toes, incipient bunions, in-growing toe nails and verrucae.

All paediatric referrals receive priority according to clinical need.

Education

The Foot Health Service is happy to provide speakers on foot health and foot maintenance to patient groups, public and professional audiences.
For more details, please contact a member of the team by calling 0121 712 8488 or write to
Foot Health Department
20 Union Road
Solihull
B91 3EF

Foot health clinics

Treatment is available at:

Shirley Clinic
Grove Road Clinic
Northbrook Health Centre
Freshfields Clinic, Knowle
Solihull Hospital
Hurst Lane North Clinic Castle Bromwich
Kingshurst Clinic
Land Lane Clinic Marston Green
Chelmsley Wood Primary Care Centre
Also at some GP practices

Domiciliary care

Domiciliary care is available for patients who are unable to leave their homes without specialist transport.

Home visits must be requested by the patient's GP.

Podiatric surgery

The Foot Health Service works closely with the Department of Podiatric Surgery and cross referrals are frequently made.