* Children's Podiatry (Podopaediatrics)
Podopaediatrics is a specialist area of podiatry that specifically focuses on the developing lower limb in children. The service delivers specialist assessment and appropriate treatment, screening, advice and where necessary, onward referral, in order to improve quality of life. By assessing and treating lower limb musculoskeletal abnormalities in children, the ultimate aim is to prevent potentially debilitating and costly conditions in later life.
- The service provides specialist assessment and intervention for children and young people who present with lower limb conditions that cause pain, and/or compromise function, and impact on their quality of life.
- Specialist paediatric podiatrists have a specific interest and expertise in working with children and young people who present with a wide range of lower limb conditions.
- The service is delivered within the community at various clinic locations.
- The service provides specialist support, education, training and expert advice from diagnosis through to discharge and where appropriate transfer to adult services.
- The service assesses, discusses and delivers personalised care plans to meet individual objectives and reduce lower limb risk.
- We aim to reduce unnecessary paediatric hospital referrals; we work in partnership with other professionals where applicable to provide a multi-disciplinary approach.
- The service aims to enable individuals with disabilities and long term conditions to optimise quality of life and independence within the limits of their illness or condition.
- There is an emphasis on preventative intervention aimed at reducing potential problems in later life
Who can use our service?
The service is available to children and young people aged 0-18 years of age who are registered with a GP associated in South Staffordshire, and who have a lower limb condition that is causing pain and/or compromising function
Are there any costs?
There are no costs.
How do I refer?
Referrals will only be accepted for children and young people of 0 – 18 years registered with a GP in the following locations:
- Stafford and Surrounds CCG
- Cannock Chase CCG
- South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula CCG
Out of area referrals are accepted based on specific need.
- Pain (foot, ankle, leg, knees, hips, “growing pains”)
- Abnormal gait
- Foot deformities
- Lower limb pathology / malfunction – associated with abnormal foot function
- Parental concern
Direct GP referral is the primary referral route, with indirect GP referrals from orthopaedic triage, rheumatology, health visitors, school nurses and physiotherapists (west locality) and PCOS (east locality.) Referral information is expected to provide sufficient triage information to evidence suitability for referral (in line with the above criteria) and to support prioritisation. Referrals are returned with a request for further information when necessary.
The Paediatric Podiatry Service only accept referrals from medical professionals which include but are not exclusive to:
- Health Visitors
- School Nurses
- Acute and Community Paediatric health services
- Other Allied Healthcare Professionals
What happens after referral?
Once your referral is received, it is triaged by a Senior Clinician. Your child will be seen within the timescale indicated by the reason for referral. You will be sent a letter inviting you to opt in and book an appointment with our admin team.
Referrals triaged and will be contacted by telephone to arrange an appointment.
Clinics are held in a range of locations within Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire
Who will we see?
Children will be assessed by a State Registered Physiotherapist and a treatment plan will be agreed based on the initial assessment findings, if appropriate.
We support the clinical education of Health Care students from local Universities, so there maybe student present at your child’s appointment. You will be informed if this is the case and asked for your consent for the student to be present.
What happens when I come to the service?
A service information leaflet will be sent to you when you are invited to opt into the service giving you a service overview.
A child under the age of 16 years needs parental consent for treatment therefore the person bringing the child must have parental responsibility.
Part of the assessment may require the child to undress, so appropriate clothing should be worn.
Children will be assessed by a State Registered Physiotherapist and a treatment plan will be agreed based on the initial assessment findings.
Who to contact
- Contact Name
- Podopaediatrics Referrals
- 01543 509770
- Podopaediatrics Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust
Where to go
Clinics are held at three locations:
Cannock Chase Hospital,
Stafford Central Clinic,
- Referral required