No it is not necessary to see an orthopaedic surgeon as not all orthopaedic practitioners specialise in feet. Only those members of the British Orthopaedic Foot and ankle Society carry out regular foot surgery. Podiatric surgeons treat feet exclusively in both the NHS and in private practice. A podiatric specialist will have trained to assess, diagnose and treat feet for 13 years before becoming a consultant. Orthopaedic surgeons specialise in foot surgery toward the end of their long training.