Podiatry Services - Information for Health Professionals
We care for patients with diabetes-related foot wounds. We also help patients with diabetes and at a high risk of getting foot wounds. We care for inpatients and also have an outpatient clinic in our Diabetes Centre Foot Clinic.
Our services include:
- Diabetes-related foot wound management
- wound dressing
- total contact casting
- other pressure reducing techniques/devices that prevent foot injury and enhance wound healing
- investigations such as wound swabs and imaging referrals
- Charcot’s neuroarthropathy foot immobilisation and temperature monitoring.
- Foot care for diabetes-related wound and /or infection prevention for people with very high risk foot status*.
- Walking foot-pressure and gait assessment.
- Neurovascular assessments including toe-pressure readings.
- Supporting applications to Enable NSW for medical grade footwear by submitting equipment requests, where appropriate.
- Knowledge sharing with patients and staff.
- A multi-disciplinary clinic for patients with diabetes and Charcot’s neuroarthropathy, reoccurring foot wounds and/ or diabetes related foot wounds that are not progressing towards healing with conservative treatment.
*Patients at risk of diabetes-related food wounds must meet the following inclusion criteria:
Very High risk/ High priority: A confirmed diagnosis of diabetes + any one (1) of the following:
- Foot wound
- Healed diabetes related leg, foot or toe amputation
- Charcot’s neuroarthropathy foot
- A healed foot ulcer with skin or foot shape changes
High Risk/ Lower priority: A confirmed diagnosis of diabetes + any two (2) of the following:
- Peripheral arterial disease (PAD)
- Loss of Sensory perception (neuropathy)
- End stage renal disease (ESRD)
- A healed foot wound
- Callus, or toenail problems.
To refer your patient to our Diabetes Centre Foot Clinic, please forward a referral letter to fax 02 9282 4612 or email SESLHD-POWdiabHRFS@health.nsw.gov.au.
Please include the patients medical and surgical history. Arrange for them to have blood tests (Glucose, HbA1c, cholesterol and lipids, kidney function, urine micro albumin and electrolytes).
If the patients condition is urgent, please identify this on the referral letter and phone us on: 02 9382 2307.