This page offers advice only. It is not a substitute for a proper consultation.


The keys to successful treatment are:

  • an accurate diagnosis
  • realistic expectation by the patient
  • acceptance of the limitations of various treatments by the clinician


When to Seek Help


  • Injuries that stop you from taking weight, especially when associated with severe swelling and bruising.
  • Lesser injuries which are not starting to settle within a few days. Remember RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation)
  • Infection around the foot, especially if you you have diabetes (even if it is diet-controlled)


  • Lumps present for less than six months, especially if painful at night.
  • Diabetic foot problems such as a burning sensation at night, or the rubbing of toes which have been deformed.


  • All other conditions around the foot, ankle and shin bone which are interfering with your life and you would like improving.


Who to Seek Help From

A&E Dept

  • Urgent problems as listed above


  • Problems with the achilles tendon

  • Pain and stiffness of the ankle joint


  • Flattening of the foot

  • Help with diagnosis and provision of footwear for deformed toes

  • Provision of insoles and devices to correct and support the foot

  • Disorders of the nails including ingrowing toenails

  • Help with pairing down of callosities around the ball and heel of the foot

  • Diabetic foot conditions 

 Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon

  • Problems which your doctor, physiotherapist or podiatrist are concerned about and where there is a difficulty with diagnosis.

  • Conditions requiring surgical treatment