Mr Mark Davies
BA (Oxon), MBBS, FRCS (Orth)
Mark Davies is a leading expert in foot and ankle surgery and is respected worldwide. He specialises in all aspects of elective and trauma surgery relating to foot and ankle pathology. He is known for his non interventional approach to foot and ankle disorders and will only operate when there is no other reasonable alternative. From painful corns and bunions to complex reconstructive surgery and ankle replacements, he has a vast experience of foot and ankle surgery gathered over twenty years in his chosen clinical field.
Mark Davies was educated at Oxford and London Universities and carried out his orthopaedic training in London, completing his fellowship training in Australia in 1997 – 1998. On his return to the UK in 1999, he set up the first NHS foot and ankle unit at the London teaching hospital Guy’s and St. Thomas’s.
In 2003 he founded The London Foot and Ankle Centre in 2003. The centre is now the biggest and best known foot and ankle unit in the United Kingdom, and is based in four prestigious hospitals in London – The Hospital of St. John & St. Elizabeth, The London Bridge Hospital, The Lister Hospital and The Bupa Cromwell Hospital.
Mr. Davies has a wealth of experience and deals with all pathologies of the adult foot and ankle. He is the surgeon of choice for many elite sports teams and sports individuals, and has been the foot and ankle surgeon to many premiership football teams including Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
He has published extensively in the field of foot and ankle surgery and is respected worldwide for his contribution to the world of foot and ankle surgery. He has contributed to many of the major textbooks in orthopaedics and was the editor of the 39th edition of Grays Anatomy.
He has assembled a team of outstanding colleagues who are all renowned in the field of foot and ankle surgery.
Mr. Davies prides himself on his friendly but thorough approach to all patients with foot and ankle pathology ranging from the elite sports person to the very elderly.
Personal Letter from Mark Davies
I chose to specialise in foot and ankle disorders when, as a registrar in 1995, I noticed a glaring hole in the world of orthopaedics in the UK. At that time there were no dedicated foot and ankle surgeons in London, and the standard of the care offered was archaic. I had to go to Australia to get the surgical experience to be able to get foot and ankle surgery recognised in the UK.
As a result of specialising in this area for over 20 years, it is not very often that I see a condition that I don’t recognise. I have also learned that many conditions, once recognised and treated appropriately, do not require surgery. Unfortunately, we live in an era when everybody wants a quick fix and right now. This often results in inappropriate surgery being performed for all the wrong reasons, and sadly the lure of money affects some surgeons decision-making process.
I pride myself on three things. Firstly I have never and will never operate on someone unless there is no other option and no prospect of the condition improving without intervention. Secondly, I pride myself on the fact that I can get a history out of a patient so that I know the diagnosis. When the diagnosis is known I explain the options available, and the decision that is made on what is to be done is a joint decision with the patient. Lastly, and most importantly, I genuinely care about my patients and the outcome of any treatments that are offered at the London Foot and Ankle Centre. With twenty years of experience in the field, I feel that I can earn the trust and respect of my patients. I was once asked what is the best part of my job, and my answer was “seeing a patient walk in six months after surgery and hearing that the surgery performed had changed his or her life immeasurably for the better”.
I am immensely proud of the London Foot and Ankle Centre and all the staff in our four centres. We are a team striving for one goal, and that is to successfully treat all our patients with care, integrity and honesty.
- BA (Oxon) Oxford University 1984
- MBBS St Mary’s London 1987
- FRCS (England) Royal College of Surgeons 1992
- FRCS (Tr & Orth) Royal College of Surgeons 1996
Clinical Interests & Specialties
- Sports injuries
- Bunion / Hallux valgus
- Correction of foot deformities
- Hallux rigidus
- Heel pain (plantar fasciitis)
- Achilles tendon rupture and tendonitis.
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Arthritis of ankle and foot
- Ankle Joint replacements
- Chronic ankle instability
- Ankle surgery
- Foot surgery
- Congenital deformities
- Podiatry and Gait Analysis
Mark Davies is a world-renowned consultant surgeon and many different nationalities from across the world have travelled to London to see him for foot and ankle treatment. The map shows in blue where his past patients have travelled from.
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