Who We Are

The Rheumatology Podiatry Service in Fife treats patients with inflammatory arthritis who have foot health problems.  You will be under the care of Fife Rheumatic Diseases Unit (FRDU).  The Rheumatology service is based at Whytemans Brae Hospital in Kirkcaldy although patients are seen at the clinics and hospital sites in the contacts section below.


What We Do

The aim of our service is to reduce the impact of inflammatory arthritis on your foot health and promote healthy lifestyle choices.  We will assess the movement in the joints of your lower limbs and assess your gait pattern.  The treatments you may receive can include:

  • supply of insoles and orthotics
  • steroid joint injections
  • diagnostic ultrasound,
  • advice on exercises
  • footwear advice
  • referral for specialist footwear. 



 You might also be referred to other members of the Rheumatology team such as physiotherapy, specialist nurses and occupational therapy.



We also offer Acupuncture as a form of pain relief.  The western-style acupuncture approach used by our podiatrists involves inserting fine needles into specific “acupoints” in the body.  Acupuncture can be used to help conditions such as knee pain, ankle pain, restless leg syndrome, Achilles tendonitis, joint pain, shin splints and plantar fasciitis.



Diagnostic Ultrasound Imaging

Diagnostic Ultrasound Imaging is a highly specialised method which uses sound waves to create images of the inside of your body.  Ultrasound images can be helpful in podiatry for assessing for inflammation within the foot.  This can help you to decide along with your podiatrist what your best treatment plan will be.





Should you need to contact one of our Rheumatology Podiatrists please contact Carnegie Unit on 01383 627088. You can contact this number for all enquries regardless of where you receive your treatment.


Rheumatology Service Treatment Locations

Dunfermline & West Fife Area Kirkcaldy & Levemounth Area Glenrothes & North East Fife Area
Carnegie Unit Seaview Ward Adamson Hospital
Level 3, Whytemans Brae Hospital Bank Street
Queen Margaret Hospital Level 3, Outpatients 7 Cupar
Whitefield Road Whytemans Brae KY14 4JG
Dunfermline Kirkcaldy  
KY12 0SU KY1 2ND  
  Victoria Hospital Markinch Medical Centre
  Hayfield Road 19 High Street
  Kirkcaldy Markinch
  KY2 5AH KY7 6ER



Related Websites

Arthritis Research UK - working to take the pain away from people living with all forms of arthritis and helping them to remain active. Arthritis UK do this by funding high class research, educating health care professionals and providing information to people with arthritis and their carers.

National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) - aim to provide information and support for people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), their families, friends and carers, as well as health professionals with an interest in RA.

Fife Rheumatic Diseases Unit - the Fife Rheumatic Diseases Unit (FRDU) was established in 1994. At the outset the unit was developed as a multi-disciplinary community focused Rheumatology service. The Unit offers a truly holistic patient centred approach to chronic disease management.

Active Options 2 - Active Options 2 is a programme of health classes which is based on the amount of physical activity you are able to do rather than any long term condition you have. The classes are suitable for people with different physical abilities and are led by highly trained and experienced instructors who are able to tailor exercises to suit any participant.


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