The Foot and Ankle Service forms part of a range of services provided by the Sussex MSK Partnership; It is a service provided by clinicians called Advanced Practitioners. These are specialist therapists with knowledge and skills in caring for patients with Foot and Ankle conditions. The aim of the service is to provide patients with a high quality service that is based in a community setting.
Where are the Foot and Ankle Service clinics located?
Brighton and Hove: Brighton General Hospital, Amex Diagnostic Treatment Centre, Saltdean and Rottingdean Medical Centre.
Mid Sussex: The Vale Haywards Heath, Sidney West Burgess Hill.
Crawley: Crawley Hospital
Horsham: Horsham Hospital
The following information is for all patients who have been offered an appointment in our service.
Who will I see and what will happen?
You have an appointment with a clinician who is best able to deal with your condition. Please allow about 30 minutes for your appointment (this may be longer or shorter depending on your clinical need).
During the consultation:
- You will be able to discuss your history and symptoms and the clinician will assess your condition.
- You will get a chance to talk about different options for treatment, and receive information that will help you manage your condition.
- The clinician will explain any medical treatments available, including risks and benefits.
- Medical students or other trainee clinicians or colleagues may be observing in the consultation, as part of their training or supervision. The clinician will ask your permission for this to happen and it will only happen with your consent.
What should I bring? What else do I need to know?
- Please bring a list of your current medicines, including prescribed and non-prescribed medicines (e.g. over the counter medicines and supplements). You do not need to bring your medicines with you.
- If you have had a scan or X-Ray outside your local NHS provider, please send us your CD and contact us to arrange for these to be available at your appointment. Please bear in mind that it can take a long time to get hold of these, so the sooner you can let us know the better.
- Depending on your condition, you may need to expose your feet, ankles and leg(s), so you can be examined properly.
- If appropriate, you may be offered a foot orthotic during the appointment. Your clinician will always discuss this with you first and ask for your consent. If you do have a foot orthotic you will need to be in footwear that is appropriately fitted for your feet.
- If appropriate, you may be offered a steroid injection during the appointment. Your clinician will always discuss this and ask for your consent first. If you do have an injection, you will be advised to rest for 30 minutes afterwards, and then consider whether you are safe to drive home.
- You are welcome to bring a relative or a friend to your appointment. Alternatively, we can arrange a chaperone if you would like someone to be with you. This is an independent person specially trained to support patients. Please let our team know on 0300 303 8063 before the appointment if you would like a chaperone.
- If you need an interpreter, please contact our team on 0300 303 8063 and we can arrange for one to be at the appointment with you. We can also arrange for interpreters for telephone appointments.
What will happen afterwards?
You will be able to discuss with the clinician what will happen next which may be one or a combination, of the following things:
- You may be discharged from the service.
- You may be sent for further tests, such as a blood test, x-ray or MRI scan.
- You may be offered a follow-up appointment, either on the telephone or face-to-face.
- You may be referred to a hospital of your choice if further advice or treatment is required.
Whatever happens, you will receive advice on how best to look after yourself and manage your condition. If you have any other questions, please let us know by contacting 0300 303 8063 where our team will be pleased to help you.
What should I know about foot pain?
The foot is a complex and hardworking structure that can quite often be affected by arthritis and related problems. Under the following links we’ll some of the common causes of foot pain, what treatments are available and how you can best look after your feet. We’ll also explain what you should look for when choosing shoes and suggest where you can get more help and advice.
Foot problems are common amongst all individuals; sometimes they may come and go quickly and may be related to certain activities of footwear choice. Some foot problems can last longer particularly as we age and degenerative changes occur or as a result of overuse or injury, in which case you may need to seek advice from your GP or a foot and ankle specialist. So it’s important to recognise when you need to seek advice.
What common foot problems are there?
- Heel pain / Plantar Fasciitis
- Bunions / Hallux Valgus
- Big toe arthritis
- Toe deformities
- Forefoot pain / Neuroma-Bursitis
- Achilles heel
- Ankle sprains
- Flat feet, changes in the shape of the arch and In-rolling of the heel
- Strain in muscles, ligaments or tendons
What causes foot pain?
Foot pain can occur for many reasons, with some of the most common causes being linked to poorly fitting footwear and certain activities which may put the feet in strenuous positions which may result in injury however sometimes there can be links to other medical conditions like inflammatory arthritis, poor circulation or nerve damage so it is important to identify when to seek professional advice.
Seek help if: You have unremitting pain or impaired function. Have a condition that impairs the blood flow to your skin. Notice your foot is changing shape
What can I do to help myself?
- Have supportive shoes/trainers that are appropriate for your feet and activity levels
- Modify exercises when needed and pace yourself
- Rest, ice, elevation and compression
- Have a regular foot-care routine
- Lose weight if you are overweight
- Take painkillers- seek advice from your local pharmacist
Here are some leaflets to help you manage your condition, these have been reviewed and approved by our clinical staff to be the best information for patients.
If you have a diagnosis which does not have a leaflet above, then please contact our clinical support team on
0300 303 8063 and they will work with our clinical team to find you some more information.