Podiatry and High Risk Foot Service

Top End podiatry services

The podiatry service deals with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of medical and surgical conditions of the feet and lower limbs.

The podiatry service works to prevent foot and lower limb amputations by identifying patients at high risk, and using appropriate management plans. After amputation or injury, the service aims to improve wound healing, facilitate appropriate discharge and prevent readmission.


Podiatry services include:

  • providing assessment and treatment for individual patients, particularly those with diabetes
  • wound management, including ulcer debridement, wound dressings and wound consultations
  • biomechanical evaluation and gait assessment
  • ongoing podiatry care for those at high risk of recurrent foot ulceration or infection
  • use of pressure relieving devices to improve wound healing
  • neurovascular assessment and screening of patients with diabetes
  • nail surgery
  • education of inpatients, outpatients and other staff members.


For the podiatry service you need a referral from a general practitioner (GP) or health specialist. Referrals are triaged depending on priority. 

If it is an emergency you should go to the Emergency Department at any time.

High Risk Foot Service

The High Risk Foot Service (HRFS) offers specialised multi-disciplinary care for people with active wound complications as a result of advanced diabetes. 

The team assesses and manages people who have diabetes-related foot problems such as:

  • foot ulceration
  • Charcot foot
  • cellulitis
  • osteomyelitis
  • acute lower limb ischaemia.

The HRFS team is led by a vascular surgeon, and is supported by staff from podiatry, wound care nursing, endocrinology, diabetes education, infectious diseases, radiology, orthotics, and rehabilitation.


You need a referral to access this service. Referrals are triaged depending on priority. 

If it is an emergency you should go to the Emergency Department at any time.

Once a referral has been received, an HRFS team member will call you to discuss your needs and organise appropriate services. You will also be given a phone number so you can contact the HRFS if you have any questions.

Last updated: 02 November 2016

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