A commentary on podiatry during the Covid-19 pandemic : Podiatry during the Covid-19 pandemic

J Foot Ankle Res. 2020 Oct 15;13(1):63. doi: 10.1186/s13047-020-00425-9.


Background: The arrival of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) has impacted the many aspects of modern life, especially, in the immediate term, the delivery of healthcare.

Context: This commentary examines the profession of podiatry and how it has adapted and responded to the emerging crisis. It focusses on but is not exclusive to the position in the United Kingdom (UK) and the edicts and direction from the UK Government.

Podiatry roles during the pandemic: It describes the role of podiatry in the pandemic and highlights the deployment of podiatry resources to fight the pandemic beyond traditional podiatric practice. It also looks at the shift from conventional consultation to digital solutions for managing patients in an effort to achieve the goals of maintenance of foot health whilst reducing the spread of the virus. The commentary summarises the emerging data related to a possible foot related presentation of the coronavirus.

Conclusion: The podiatry profession proved its flexibility and adaptability during the pandemic, to adjust rapidly to ensure that patients were able to access treatment to reduce risk of infection, ulceration and amputation. Dermatological presentations on the feet have been associated with Covid-19 in adolescents as is often the case in viral infections. CPD webinars to support clinicians and manage and prevent the spread of Covid-19 have been widely disseminated along with algorithms to ensure that patients that need treatment are being treated appropriately. Podiatrists have embraced remote technology to ensure that patients are correctly and safely triaged and, signposted and given appropriate self-care advice. MSK podiatrists have the ability to play an intrinsic role within the post discharge rehabilitation pathway.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Betacoronavirus / isolation & purification*
  • Biomedical Technology / methods
  • Biomedical Technology / statistics & numerical data
  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus Infections / epidemiology*
  • Coronavirus Infections / prevention & control
  • Coronavirus Infections / virology
  • Delivery of Health Care / statistics & numerical data*
  • Delivery of Health Care / trends
  • Foot Diseases / prevention & control
  • Humans
  • Pandemics / prevention & control
  • Pliability
  • Pneumonia, Viral / epidemiology*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / prevention & control
  • Pneumonia, Viral / virology
  • Podiatry / organization & administration*
  • Podiatry / statistics & numerical data
  • Risk Reduction Behavior
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • United Kingdom / epidemiology