Who We Are

The Fife Podiatry Musculoskeletal (MSK) service is a team of highly specialist MSK Podiatrists, who provide a Fife-wide service to adults.  Our service includes advice, assessment, diagnosis and we provide treatment for a wide variety of MSK conditions causing you pain and problems in the foot and ankle. We do not provide a sports injury clinic.

 

What We Do

The aim of the MSK podiatrist is to enable you to understand and manage your ankle or foot condition.

We aim to reduce the impact of your painful foot or ankle problem on your quality of life.

We provide self help advice, offer assessment and diagnosis of your condition and work with you to make a joint treatment plan which in turn may enable you to improve quality of life, enjoy your leisure time and keep you in the workplace.

Some common conditions that we see in the foot and ankle include: bunions (HAV), hammer toes, painful and limited movement in the big toe joint (hallux rigidis) plantar fasciitis, heel pain, sesamoid problems, achilles tendonitis, shin splints, ankle problems, mortons neuroma and more.  

Many foot and ankle problems that we see can be successfully treated by you.

How To Refer

If you have an MSK condition and feel you would benefit from the care and support of our service you can self-refer to the Podiatry 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.

NHS Fife Podiatry Referral Form

NHS Fife Podiatry Referral Form Guidance

You will be assessed in the general podiatry clinic first and may be offered: 

  • Footwear advice
  • Injury management advice
  • Leg and foot stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Insoles and foot orthotics
  • Onward referral to Specialist MSK Podiatry Service for further investigation

      

After treatment and assessment you may be referred to the dedicated specialist MSK service who see patients with more complex foot and ankle problems. To help the diagnosis and treatment of your condition we may request and x-ray.

What Treatments Do We Offer?

Once diagnosed there are numerous possible treatments available:

  • Specialised foot orthotic and insole therapy
  • Injury management advice
  • Appropriate rehabilitation and exercise programmes
  • Low Level Light therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Dry needling techniques
  • Cortisone steroid injections

  

What Is A Gait Clinic?

Gait is another word for walking. Our gait clinic has specialised equipment that can allow us to assess walking and the pressures applied to the foot when walking. Your gait may also be assessed by video. The equipment can help us to design or adjust orthotics that are worn in your shoes to help with your foot condition. It may also help us explain to you what is happening when you walk. If you need a more in depth assessment you may be referred on to this gait clinic.  

If you have seen one of the highly specialist MSK Podiatrists in the last three years in our dedicated MSK clinic and wish to be seen again for the same problem please state clearly on your self referral form  who you have seen in the past and at what clinic in order that you are appointed appropriately.

 

Who Cant Access The MSK Podiary Service?

Please note the MSK Podiatry service is not available to the following groups:

  • Housebound patients
  • Patients under the care of a Private Podiatrist
  • Adults with sports induced related injuries 
  • Children or young people under 18 (will be seen in our Children and Young People’s Podiatry clinics)
  • Patients who require hospital transport

 

 

Contacts

If you are a current MSK patient and need to contact your MSK Podiatrist please find below their contact details.

Dunfermline & West Fife Area Kirkcaldy & Levemounth Area North East Fife Area
Carnegie Unit, Level 3 Whytemans Brae Hospital St Andrews Community Hospital
Queen Margaret Hospital, Level 3 Outpatients 7 Largo Road
Whitefield Road, Dunfermline Whytemans Brae, Kirkcaldy St Andrews
KY12 0SU KY1 2ND KY16 8AR

T: 01383 627088

T:01592 645200 T: 01334 465567

 Related Websites

Please see below a list of related websites that may support your foot health and self management:

NHS 24 MSK Help 

NHS UK  

Heel Pain

Flat Feet

How to Stretch

Choosing Sports Shoes

Sports Injuries

NHS Inform

Feet for Life

Arthritis Research UK

Look After Your Feet

 

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