Renal Podiatry

Individuals with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) have an increased risk for foot ulceration and lower limb loss.

Declining kidney function is an independent risk factor for foot ulceration and lower extremity amputation with a greater risk identified in individuals with Diabetes Mellitus (DM) and who require Haemodialysis (HD).

The Northern Health and Social Care Trust Renal Podiatry service is located within Antrim Area Hospital (AAH) and in particular is available to those with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) who receive Haemodialysis.

The Renal Podiatrist role focusses on early recognition of high-risk foot concerns with regular screening and follow up. This involves the evaluation of lower limb circulation and loss of sensation of the feet, the provision of treatment focused on relieving symptoms that enable and maintain independence, function and wellbeing, in conjunction with targeted education, and empowerment of the individual.

This service provision includes assessment and management of complications such as foot ulceration as part of a multidisciplinary team in order to help reduce foot disease related hospitalisations and amputations in individuals with chronic kidney disease.

The Renal Podiatrist also acts as a supportive resource to Podiatry colleagues and health care providers who are involved in the care of individuals with CKD.

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