NHS Tayside Podiatry Services `Footstep` Programme

About Footstep

Footstep is designed to empower suitable people with diabetes with LOW FOOT RISK to manage their own foot care confidently and competently.  It aims to improve disease knowledge, improve technical skills for treatment, inducing behavioural changes necessary for integration of treatment into everyday life and fostering self-management.  It will also provide a new tier of advice and support to patients with diabetes who would otherwise be inappropriate for referral for podiatry intervention.

The educational workshops  run in various venues across Tayside, on a monthly basis and last for approximately one hour. Information on venues can be found in the referral form.


Criteria for Referral to Footstep Programme

  • People with diabetes who have been screened in accordance with the Tayside Diabetic Foot Screening Guidelines and SIGN Guideline 116 using the SCI-DC online Foot Screening Tool * and assessed as LOW RISK and requiring no podiatry intervention.
  • Patients who are able to reach their feet
  • Patients who have no visual problems.
  • Carers, family members or any other person the patient may wish to assist them in managing their foot care can also attend.

*A short video which explains the purpose of foot screening, demonstrates how to carry out a foot assessment and how to use the SCI-DC online Foot Screening Tool to calculate and record foot risk score is available in the Professional Education section of this website.


Referral Form

Click here for referral form. Completed Footstep forms to be sent to; tay.taysidepodiatry@nhs.scot

Once a patient has been referred they will be contacted directly by the Footstep programme in the relevant area with regard to a date for attending the programme.


Further Information

If you have any questions about the programme or suitability of patients please contact:

Allison Millar
Perth & Kinross CHP Podiatry Department
Perth Royal Infirmary
Telephone No: 01738 473980 Fax No: 01738 443189