How much does a podiatry appointment cost in the UK?
Podiatrists are highly skilled foot, ankle and lower limb specialists, and as such offer a diverse range of services.
Before seeing a podiatrist, many patients, understandably want to know how much it will cost and some people like to compare prices where possible.
The great news is that most podiatrists are all too happy to share their fees on their websites, so if you find a podiatrist on the Podipedia directory then follow the link to their website to see their fees.
What am I paying for?
It is important to consider that you are paying for a highly qualified medical professional’s time and treatment skills. Podiatry clinics often have very high overheads due to the equipment used, sterilisation process, marketing outlay, storage of notes and confidential data, insurances and professional memberships, staffing costs and payments on premises. These overheads can dictate the cost of the appointment to some extent, but are essential to make sure that you are receiving the best standards of treatment.
You can also check that the person you are seeing or planning to see is a registered podiatrist. Not all registered podiatrists are on the Podipedia directory, but they should be on the HCPC register.
What is the average cost of a podiatry appointment?
We did a little bit of research and asked podiatrists across the UK if they would share their prices with us so that we could try and calculate the average costs.
This is based on those who replied to us, which means that it does not represent the entire profession, however it may give an idea of the cost of a podiatrist.
Below, we have listed some of the most common appointment types, however podiatrist fee structures can vary greatly and this is not a reflection of their skills or services.
Some offer a sliding scale, where as others may offer specific appointment types for your presenting condition. It is important to look on the individual podiatrist’s website to find out more information about their fees and how they can help you. Please contact them if you have any queries.
The average UK cost for a new patient assessment is between £55 and £80 depending on geographical location and the individual clinic.
This usually involves a consultation and treatment if appropriate or possible at the time. Many specialist treatments may require further assessment and appointments.
Additional appointments or follow up appointments are generally charged at a lower rate.
Musculoskeletal appointment (MSK) – Such as treatment for heel pain / plantar fasciitis
Most podiatry clinics offer a separate appointment type for musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions (conditions affecting the bones, joints and soft tissues).
The price of the appointments varies greatly from clinic to clinic, often based on how much they focus on this as a speciality.
The UK average seems to be between £100-200 for an MSK assessment, usually involving gait analysis. Again, prices for follow ups or existing patients tend to be less.
Nail Surgery (Ingrowing toe nail treatment)
As a surgical procedure, removal or treatment of an ingrowing toe nail can cost anywhere from £200-£650 depending on the procedure and amount of toes that need treating.
These costs usually include post operative check ups.
It is money well spent
Seeing a podiatrist can be life changing for many people who are in pain and discomfort. We highly recommend that you find the right podiatrist for you by getting recommendations and speaking with several podiatry clinics to find out what they offer and how they can help. Whilst the cost is important, try not to let this be the only thing you consider when choosing a podiatrist.
If you are struggling financially, there may be NHS services available in your area. You could contact you GP surgery or check the NHS website for more information.
Keep on your feet
The PodiPedia Team