Welcome to the information section for Medical and Healthcare Professionals.
While many acute injuries and some foot and ankle conditions evidently require a specialist referral, others are less clear-cut. Our Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons provide a concise guide to when to refer, what to look for and commonly missed problems.
Here you will find information on the following;
Refer a Patient
The sprained ankle which does not heal steadily within two months of the injury taking place.
Bear in mind
- Standard x-rays will not show damage to the articular surface of the talus, lateral ligament insufficiency, tendon injury or synovial impingement.
- Even if the patient can walk, this does not exclude the possibility of a fracture. The Jones fracture of the 5th metatarsal occurs on the top of the foot, often with an ankle sprain, but is often missed.
- If there is swelling in the foot, rather than ankle, with bruising on sole of foot, promptly refer. This strongly indicates a Lisfranc ligament injury or fracture, which is a significant injury.
We value your Patient referrals and want to make this process as easy and efficient as possible. If you have any queries, prior to referring a Patient, please do not hesitate to call one of us at the Clinics detailed below.
To refer a patient for an appointment with any of our Consultants, please complete the Patient Referral Form. Alternatively you can download the form and either:
- Email it to; [email protected] detailing your choice of hospital
- Post it to your preferred hospital
Alternatively, please call your preferred hospital clinic. All lines are open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Consultant Lectures and Visits
If General Practices or groups of physiotherapists would like one of the LFAC Consultants to visit and lecture formally or informally, please contact Mark Davies on 02070783800 at the St John and St Elizabeth Hospital.