I am the Consultant Podiatric Surgeon* at Total Foot Health. My wife, Elizabeth, and I founded our practice in 1998 and we have worked hard to offer our patients the highest level of foot care and advice possible since then. We have both worked in Salisbury and the surrounding areas since 1985, having moved to Salisbury from different colleges in the UK, serendipity at its best!
My original training was at the Cardiff School of Chiropody from where I qualified as a State Registered Chiropodist with a Diploma in Podiatric Medicine.
Over the next five years I undertook post-graduate studies in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery and passed my primary surgical examinations. A two-year secondment at the highly respected Northampton School of Podiatry, under Mr David Tollafield, followed culminating in passing my final Fellowship examinations in 1992. I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), am a member of The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (SCP) and a Fellow of the Faculty of Podiatric Surgery.
Rather like passing a driving test the hard work was now about to begin. As a Specialist in Podiatric Surgery I was responsible for developing, in Salisbury, the first Podiatric Surgical NHS service in the Wessex Region. I gained my Consultant Post as a Podiatric Surgeon in 1998 with the Andover NHS Trust where I ran one of the busiest podiatric surgical practices in the United Kingdom covering Wiltshire, Dorset and Hampshire. During this time I introduced the Foot Health Status Questionnaire (FHSQ) to podiatric practice in the UK. This was the first validated, patient reported, outcome measure (PROM) used in the United Kingdom for assessing the benefits of foot surgery. Now virtually all surgery undertaken in the United Kingdom is evaluated by PROM. This work showed the enormous benefits of good quality hallux valgus surgery in improving patients pain, function, footwear and general foot health, not only in the short term but for the long term also.
I continue to attend and present papers at National conferences, as well as meeting with colleagues on a regular basis to keep up to date with this exciting and challenging area of surgical expertise. I am involved in research into Morton’s neuroma with the University of Southampton which aims to improve the clinical diagnosis and treatment of this difficult and painful condition.
In my time away from the practice I enjoy keeping myself fit and active through cycling, running and gymnasium activity.
* PODIATRIC SURGEONS ARE NOT MEDICAL DOCTORS