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Any injury to the foot (or feet) of someone with diabetes who has reduced feeling or reduced blood circulation to their feet is a medical emergency that needs attention NOW!

Book an appointment with your GP or visit your nearest A&E department

Testing for sensation

Touch The Toes Test – Diabetes UK Information Leaflet – Testing for sensation using the fingertip touch test.

The Touch the toes test* is quick and easy, designed to assess sensitivity in your feet, and can be done in the comfort of your own home.

*Officially known as the Ipswich Touch Test which was designed by Gerry Rayman and the team at Ipswich Hospital


How can I access the service?

You can self-refer or be referred by a health professional e.g. GP, provided you fulfil the access criteria.  The current access criteria are:

  • People with medical conditions that put their feet at risk e.g. diabetes or vascular disease
  • People with severe foot deformaties
  • People with musculoskeletal or gait abnormalities (available to those in full time education)
  • People with acute foot conditions that require short term care e.g. ingrown toe nails
  • People over the state retirement age (65) with general chiropody conditions e.g. calluses or corns.
  • Forms for self-referral or healthcare referral can be downloaded here.

Patient Self-referral Podiatry application form (pdf)

HealthCare Professional Podiatry referral form (pdf)

Depending on your condition you may be offered a variety of treatments which will be discussed with you so that you can make an informed choice.  Our team is able to:

  • Perform nail surgery e.g. removal of ingrown toe nails
  • Assess and provide orthoses (inserts for shoes etc.) for musculoskeletal conditions
  • Assess and manage wounds
  • Neurological and vascular assessment for those at risk
  • Footwear advice and assessment
  • Assessment and management of diabetes related foot conditions

Click here for information on our Podiatry Services

Want to know more?

For advice about your footwear, looking after your feet, and much more access our Diabetes Footcare patient leaflets.

If you are someone that cares for someone with diabetes why not complete your FRAME training?

The Foot Risk Awareness and Management Education (FRAME) is a free e-learning resource that aims to provide an interactive way of learning by using animations and case scenarios.  It is a standardised way for people who treat patients with diabetes to carry out an appropriate foot screening.

Last updated: July 30, 2018