Diabetic foot problems
At the Foot Outpatient Clinic, we examine and treat polyneuropathic and diabetic nerve complications of the feet, including diabetic foot sores and Charcot’s foot.
We provide the following service to patients with nerve damage:
Patients need a referral from a physician for appointments with the foot therapist.
There is a client fee for appointments with the foot therapist.
During your visit
You will see a foot therapist, a physician and a nurse at the Foot Outpatient Clinic. The physician and nurse will inform you about your illness. Please do ask if something is not clear to you. If you have suggestions regarding the treatment being planned, please tell them.
Two foot therapists (podiatrists) are employed by the Turku University Hospital, one works full-time with foot problems at the Internal Medicine Outpatient Clinic, the other rotates at many of the outpatient clinics and other units, including the Dermatology Outpatient Clinic, the Outpatient Clinic for plastic and general surgery and the Tyks Vakka-Suomi Hospital.
Foot therapy is based on the examination and assessment of a specialist on the need for foot therapy. The foot therapists collaborate closely with physicians, with healthcare assistants specialized in casts and splints, with physiotherapists, diabetes nurses and medical device technicians. A foot therapist and endocrinologist/physician in endocrinology training run joint appointments once a week at the foot outpatient clinic. A multiprofessional team meeting is held twice monthly to discuss foot problems. The foot therapy process includes also aid services and documentation.
In addition to working at the Internal Medicine Outpatient Clinic, the foot therapists also work
Hämeentie 11, Turku
Plastiikka- ja yleiskirurgia TD2
Tyks Vakka-Suomi hospital
Main entrance, 1st floor
Terveystie 2, Uusikaupunki
A large part of the work of the foot therapists is treatment of neuropathic ulcers of the legs. There is more to read about this in the hubs of the Health Village: