Podiatry Service

The podiatry department performs various investigations to diagnose and treat acute and chronic foot problems. This includes foot problems related to diabetes, acute/chronic ulcers, vascular insufficiency, neuropathy and rheumatology.

In-patient and out-patient treatment is available for patients with acute/chronic foot wounds. All patients presenting with foot ulceration should be referred to the podiatry department for assessment.

Routine palliative care of nails, in growing nails, general footcare and biomechanics (insoles) is not available but patients requiring this can be referred to their local community podiatry service as part of their discharge plan or by their GP.


  • Foot pathology assessment and diagnosis
  • Specialist wound care of the foot (ulcer clinic)
  • Weekly multidisciplinary acute foot care in joint clinics (vascular surgery, diabetes)
  • Daily outpatient clinics in Tauranga or Whakatane.
  • Urgent referrals will be seen within 48 hours.


  • Tauranga Main Outpatients.
  • Whakatane Rehab/Physio.

Making an appointment

Patients must have a referral from a health professional.

Urgent diabetic/vascular ulcer referrals can be made direct to the department by fax or phone. Alternatively, referrals can be sent internally.

Leigh Shaw - Specialist Podiatrist
Ph: 07 579 296
Fax: 07 571 3109

Last updated: May 1, 2020