Conditions and Treatments

Foot and ankle problems are very common, affecting three out of four people at some stage in their lives.

During the average lifetime, our feet cover over 112,000km, which is equivalent to walking four times around the world. It is therefore not surprising that 75 per cent of people will experience foot or ankle problems at some stage during their lives.

At The London Foot and Ankle Centre we offer multi-disciplinary care and we discuss all appropriate forms of diagnosis and treatment, including physiotherapy and podiatry as well as surgery.

Our emphasis is upon minimally-invasive treatment where possible and the use of advanced techniques to achieve maximum mobility and eradicate foot and ankle pain. All of our surgeons focus on the foot and ankle and are specialists within their field.

Conditions

Achilles tendon rupture is a serious injury which needs to be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.

Tendonitis is a term which means inflammation or swelling, and it occurs often in and around the Achilles.

Ankle osteoarthritis, sometimes simply referred to as ankle arthritis, is a joint condition which results from damage and loss of the cartilage in a joint.

The term bunion refers to a swelling on the side of the big toe joint, a condition which occurs when the big toe leans too much into the second toe.

Ankle instability is a condition characterised by the ankle ‘giving way’ or feeling wobbly and unreliable, particularly on uneven surfaces.

There are many types of lesser toe deformities, including hammer, claw, mallet and cross-over toe deformities. The big toe is known as the hallux and all the others are referred to as the lesser toes.

An estimated one in five adults in the UK has some degree of flat feet and for the majority, this causes no difficulties in any way.

A common problem which affects the big toe is called hallux rigidus or stiff big toe. ‘Hallux’ is the Greek word for big toe and ‘rigidus’ indicates the joint is stiff and inflexible.

The pain is commonly on the sole of the foot and often sharp, described as similar to walking on pebbles or like having a stone in the shoe

Patients with midfoot arthritis usually suffer pain and swelling, with a change in the shape of the foot developing later.

Our dedicated Heel Pain Clinic provides rapid assessment and effective treatment of heel pain or plantar fasciitis.

We are renowned for the treatment of sports injuries. Our experience includes working with many elite sportspeople.

Tendinopathy is the term used for damage to the tendons, causing pain and if left untreated, serious problems and deformity.



Surgical Procedures

Ankle fusion is a long established and effective surgical treatment for advanced ankle osteoarthritis.

Arthroscopy, or keyhole surgery, is an invaluable tool in the treatment of the foot and ankle.

In some cases, bunion surgery is the only way to correct the deformity of Hallux valgus and restore “normality” to the big toe.

The surgical fusion, or joining together, of joints is a long established surgical procedure.

Hindfoot fusion (or rearfoot fusion) is considered to relieve severe pain from arthritis or to correct a foot deformity, such as clubfoot or grow defects due to conditions such as Spina Bifida.

Heel pain is one of the most common foot and ankle problems, affecting approximately 10 people at some point during their lifetime.

Using a minimally invasive approach, the surgeon is able to reach the part of the foot that needs correction through tiny incisions, rather than opening up the joint.

We were the first in the capital to introduce a new form of minimally invasive bunion surgery and now have six years of experience in the approach.

We are recognised as being the leader in the UK for establishing minimally invasive stiff big toe surgery.

Total ankle replacement surgery, known as prosthesis, is a major procedure most commonly performed for patients with advanced ankle osteoarthritis.

A tendon transfer is a procedure where a healthy tendon is taken and moved to replace the function of a diseased or inactive tendon.


Podiatry

A biomechanical assessment involves an examination of the lower limbs, looking at their structure, alignment, strengths and weaknesses.

We use a video gait analysis to obtain the most accurate diagnosis of the way our patients walk and run.

A solution to summer foot pain has arrived with orthotic sandals now available based on a precise individual prescription.