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Foot health

Podiatry (Chiropody) Service


In the average lifetime each individual may walk the equivalent of five times around the earth; the average adult takes between 4000 and 6000 steps per day. In this context it is widely recognised, and important to understand that poor foot health has a direct impact on an individual's independence, quality of life and health status.

Between 75% and 80% of the adult population has some form of foot problem with women having approximately four times as many problems as men.

Our team consists of qualified podiatrists, and foot care technicians. All of our podiatrists are registered with the national regulatory body, The Health  and Care Professions Council.

The podiatry department offers patient assessment, diagnosis, care planning, treatment and health education services to persons who present with a medical and, or podiatric condition affecting the feet that requires professional intervention possibly as a result of:

  • Arthritis
  • Physical disability
  • Infection
  • Diabetes
  • Poor circulation
  • Amputation
  • Injury
  • Inability to self-care due to e.g. mental health problems or learning disabilities


Further information can be obtained from:

The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists.
The Health Professions Council.



Service Information

Where is the service provided from?

The podiatry service is coordinated from Bishop Auckland Hospital with clinics available in a range of venues throughout Derwentside, Durham and Chester le Street, Sedgefield, Durham Dales and Darlington.

When is the service provided?

Appointments are available between 9am - 4pm Monday to Friday and can be arranged through the booking office at Bishop Auckland Hospital 08:30 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 16:00 Monday to Friday, though a message can be left on the answer phone at other times and calls will be returned within 48 hours.

How do people access the service?

To receive care you must be referred to the Podiatry Service by your GP.


All referrals are prioritised so that we can deal with urgent cases first. At your first appointment your condition will be assessed and an appropriate course of treatment will be agreed which may simply consist of advice, a short course of treatment or in some cases more prolonged care.

Contact details:
Telephone: 01388 455200

'I have to compliment everyone on their pleasant persona and their expertise and knowledge. By the end of the 5 days, I did not feel as though I had been in a hospital ward and was very relaxed.'

Patient, Ward 16 Orthopaedics, University Hospital of North Durham