Medway Community Healthcare (MCH) provides a wide range of high quality community health services for Medway residents; from health visitors and district nurses to speech and language therapists and out of hours urgent care.
We are registered with the Healthcare Professions Council and hold either a Master’s Degree or a Science Degree in our chosen field. We are actively involved in continued learning at local and national level to ensure the best evidence-based treatment options are offered to our patients.
We assess, diagnose, and treat childhood and adolescent disorders of the foot. Our children’s podiatrists have specialist knowledge in assessing the structure and function of the lower limb. This can include the assessment of the condition or disease and its impact on participation and wellbeing linked to foot, ankle and lower limb health. We work as an integral member of our multi-disciplinary team and work closely with our musculoskeletal physiotherapist, neuro physiotherapist and orthotist on more complex cases.
We are commissioned to deliver a musculoskeletal service only. We undertake a biomechanical assessment of foot and toe deformities, concerning gait and lower limb pain. We aim to reduce pain, improve mobility, and increase independence and wellbeing. We can help with numerous conditions including; cerebral palsy, Juvenile idiopathic arthritis, hypermobility and flexible flat feet. Please note we do not see nail conditions e.g. ingrown toe nails or skin conditions e.g. verrucas.
Your child’s referral will be triaged by our podiatrist or physiotherapist so they are seen by the most appropriate professional. A patient’s initial podiatry appointment is an assessment but a pre-assessment may be undertaken over the phone due to covid 19. During the initial assessment the podiatrist will check the range of motion, muscle strength and function, and review gait and posture. At an initial assessment the podiatrist will work alongside the family to create an individualised, achievable treatment plan and therapy outcomes (or goals) to improve their lower limb condition. We provide support and encouragement to help patients become as independent as possible and take charge of their own care.
By filling in the link below which will take you to our referral form
What is a podiatrist
Podiatry’s role in keeping children with musculoskeletal pain active
All referral forms should be completed and forwarded to email@example.com
If you are a parent seeking advice please contact the duty desk on 0300 123 3444.
Alternatively please speak to your health visitor, GP or Nursery/School who may consider a referral to our service.
Following referral you will be invited to attend either a parent education training session or an assessment screen.
Phone lines are open between 8am – 5pm Monday – Friday