Will I have to have surgery for my foot problem?
No I will always consider the conservative treatment first and discuss with you reasonable options. I never push patients to have treatment they do not need. I am here to advise and support decisions
Will my treatment be different to an orthopaedic surgeon?
No this is not expected to be different in a sense of good outcome is expected in both cases, but podiatric specialists are able to use all their basic training as a podiatrist.
Should I see an orthopaedic surgeon?
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. You should always ask a specialist how much surgery they carry out on the foot. Podiatric surgeons treat feet exclusively in 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 (16 years).
Are you medically qualified?
I have had medical training throughout my period of education but I do not have to go to medical school to become a medical doctor first.
What is the difference between a podiatrist and podiatric surgeon?
A podiatrist will be able to help with some foot problems but such treatment will be limited to conservative treatment. Not all podiatrists are able to access all relevant investigation tests. A podiatric surgeon takes a further 9-10 years to qualify as a consultant. Only consultant podiatric surgeons are allowed to operate on human feet in the private sector.