Mr Baldwin now works independently, he is a highly experienced foot specialist, having performed over 21,500 foot and ankle procedures. He provides a comprehensive range of surgical foot procedures, everything from ingrowing toenails to bunions and ankle pathologies.
He has a special interest, together with extended training, in the treatment of hallux valgus (bunion) reconstruction. Mr Baldwin's bunion surgery patients can normally walk immediately, return to normal footwear in 2 weeks, usually return to sport from 4 weeks and have minimal scaring.
Benefits of Podiatric Surgery
Podiatric Surgery involves the specialist surgical treatment of the foot and all related structures. Podiatric Surgery seeks to treat developed foot deformities, thereby reducing or eliminating pain, and improving mobility.
Mr Baldwin specialises in the treatment of the following conditions:
- Bunions (Hallux Valgus)
- Arthritic / stiff big toe (Hallux Rigidus)
- Hammer Toes
- Long term Corns
- Ingrowing Toe Nails
- Bony Bumps
- Soft Tissue Problems
- Morton’s Neuroma
What to look for if you have any of these problems:
- Hallux Valgus (Bunions)
Big toe joint swollen and red. It can be very painful but sometimes completely pain free. Big toe pushing on 2nd toe. Worse in shoes, but can be painful after removing the shoe. Arthritis or bursitis may occur with bunions.
- Ingrown Toenails
Red, painful, swollen, infected (sometimes with discharge) and can have bright red extra tissue. Particularly common in young people.
- Hallux Rigidus (Arthritic or Stiff Big Toe)
Big toe joint is enlarged on the top. A very painful and stiff toe but the toe is usually straight and not leaning on the 2nd toe. Painful to walk or go onto tip toes. Painful in shoes (especially heeled).
- Hammer Toes
Any of the 2nd, 3rd or 4th toes pushing up against the shoe with a sore or corn on the knuckle. Often with a bunion.
- Chronic Corns
Areas of hard skin which have deep central hard and painful sections. Often on toes or on the ball of the foot.
- Soft Tissue Lesions such as Neuroma
Neuroma is usually hot, tingling, burning, shooting or numb sensations into the middle toes or on the ball of the foot. Worse in tighter shoes after walking a bit. Other soft tissue problems can have a variety of symptoms.
- Bony Lumps
Often due to an underlying arthritic joint. Painful due to pressure from shoes.
- Flat Feet
Feet can be flat, high arched or anything in-between. Pain in the arch, instep or along the inside of the ankle might need treatment.
Mr Baldwin also treats children but not at Shirley Oaks Hospital, if you would like to speak about the services he provides for children please contact him via his website: www.elitepodiatry.co.uk.
He is a registered surgical tutor, peer reviewer and examiner for the Faculty of Surgery, College of Podiatrists.