Forefoot Surgery in Secondary Care

Requests for referral for forefoot surgery in secondary care.

Related keywords
Bunions, Toe Deformity, Morton’s Neuroma, Plantar Fasciitis, foot treatment, feet, Hallux Rigidus, Hammer Toe, Mallet toe, Claw Toe
Who can apply
General Practitioner, Consultant, Musculoskeletal Assessment and Treatment Service
Referral routes
Criteria Based Access

Conditions and treatments included in this policy: Bunions, Hallux Rigidus, Hammer Toe, Mallet toe, Claw Toe, Plantar Fasciitis and Morton’s Neuroma. 

It is expected that the vast majority of patients with foot conditions and mild pain will be managed in primary care by providing patients with appropriate practical information on managing their symptoms such as pain relief and footwear modification (lower heels, wider fitting shoes, high toe box). This advice and conservative treatment must be documented as it will form evidence to support part of the access criteria for this intervention.