Management of foot and ankle problems in primary care

A guide for general practitioners


The following is a guide intended for healthcare professionals, general practitioners in particular. Patient information leaflets can be found here.

The foot is a complex structure which can be affected by many different conditions. Symptoms may be vague and the history difficult to elicit. In the foot and ankle clinic, I often see patients who could have been managed with simple advice or intervention in primary care.

The aim of this guide is to act as an aide-memoire for general practitioners treating patients presenting with common foot and ankle problems so that appropriate conservative management can be instigated. For those patients requiring referral, I have included some information about the surgical procedure so that you may tell the patient what to expect.

Forefoot problems

Midfoot problems

Hindfoot and ankle problems

Paediatric foot and ankle problems

Useful links for healthcare professionals

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