Podiatry at Home
Who We Are
The department of Podiatry is responsible for the safe and effective care of patients who receive podiatry care at home known as domiciliary podiatry. The podiatry service provides a domiciliary service to you if you are housebound and have problems with your feet that affect your daily life. If you are not housebound you will be requested to attend your local clinic. Please see publications below for a list of your local clinics, health centres and hospitals which provide a podiatry service.
Refer Into The Service
Members of the public can self-refer to the Podiatry Service.
To complete an electronic self referral please click here. The completed referral will then be submitted directly to the service. The forms are completely secure and confidential. The service will respond within 14 days. Contact 01592 647199 (Mon-Fri 08.00-16.30) with your reference number if no contact has been made by the service within this time.
Paper referrals can also be picked up from your local clinic, health centre and GP Practice or printed out using the link below. A new patient appointment letter will be sent by post to you once your referral has been triaged and accepted for treatment. In the event that your referral is not accepted or further information is required to process your referral you will be contacted either by telephone or letter.
We will jointly make a care plan that meets your needs and we will set goals for you to work towards.
Personal Foot Care
NHS Fife Podiatry do not offer a simple nail cutting service.
NHS Scotland podiatry managers have agreed that the provision of personal footcare does not require the specialist skills of a podiatrist. Please see the NHS Scotland Personal Footcare Guidance for more information.
Personal footcare is deemed as part of a personal hygiene routine for feet and covers a set of tasks that an adult, whatever their age, would normally do for themselves if they are able to. Personal foot care is described as follows:
- Clipping and/or filing toenails safely
- Keeping toe nails at a length which feels comfortable to the individual.
- Daily smoothing and moisturising dry and rough skin
- Keeping feet clean, dry, comfortable and warm at all times
- Daily checks for cracks and breaks in the skin
- Daily looking for signs of infection or other obvious early problems and seeking professional advice
- Checking footwear for comfort
- Making sure footwear is a good fit.
- Footwear are in a good state of repair.
- Making sure footwear is safe to wear
NHS Fife has created a Personal Footwear DVD which can help you to take care of your daily foot health. To help you, your family members or carers look after your feet please see below to view the NHS Fife Personal Foot Care DVD which gives helpful tips. Please click on the version you require.
It is important that although you may be housebound you should try to keep as active as possible to prevent risk of falling. To help patients in the home there is a falls prevention booklet called Up and About which can be ordered by contacting Age Scotland.
To discuss the above or for more information contact your local clinic, health centre or hospital details are in the publications section below.
Feet For life - The aim of the Feet For Life Campaign is to raise awareness amongst the general public that good foot health is an essential component to quality of life and podiatry is a key element of preventative medicine.
Health and Care Professions Council - is a regulator set up to protect the public. To do this, a Register of health and care professionals is kept who meet HCPC standards for training, professional skills, behaviour and health.
NHS Inform - Scotland's health information service. NHS inform provides a co-ordinated, single source of quality assured health and care information for the people of Scotland.
Fife Voluntary Action - maintain a list of third sector organisations (community groups, voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises) across Fife. Please feel free to browse the Directory and contact them if you would like some more information.
Fife Elderly Directory - The Directory has been collated by the Fife Elderly Forum (Local Area Co-ordination Fife Team) to assist the work of the Local Area Co-ordinators. It provides Older People with information which might help meet their needs and wants; support their community involvement and ability to live independently such as:
- Up-to-date information (as far as this is possible)
- Accessible information (hold information which is currently scattered throughout the public domain in one centrally accessed place)
- Choices (provide information which might inform this)
ALISS - A Local Information System for Scotland - is a search and collaboration tool for Health and Wellbeing resources in Scotland. It helps signpost people to useful community support, and with an ALISS account you can contribute the many and varied resources that our local communities have to offer.