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Prof Nat Padhiar

Consultant Podiatric Surgeon & Honorary Clinical Professor

MSc, PhD, CSci, FHEA, FCPodS (Lon), FFPM RCPS(Glas)

Practices at: The London Independent Hospital

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Personal Profile

Prof Nat Padhiar’s clinical interests include foot surgery, foot & ankle problems in sport, exercise induced leg pain in sport, image guided lower limb injections, sports medicine & injury of the lower limb, assessing mechanism and biomechanics of lower limb sports injury, dynamic intra-compartment pressure investigation for chronic exertional compartment syndrome.

Prof Padhiar held a post of a Consultant Podiatric Surgeon at The Royal London Hospital between 1991 and 2011. He has a private practice at The London Independent Hospital.

He joined the academic department of sports medicine in January 1989, and he is most recently appointed as an Honorary Clinical Professor of Podiatric Sports Medicine in the Centre for Sports & Exercise Medicine (CSEM), William Harvey Research Institute, Barts & The London School of Medicine & Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). He is the course lead for Podiatric Sports Medicine (PSM) within the Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine (CSEM) at QMUL, comprising of an interdisciplinary team.

He is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Clinical Sciences & Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

Nat holds membership and fellowships of various surgical and SEM institutions: Member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise, Fellow of Faculty of Podiatric Surgery – Royal College of Podiatrists (Lon), Fellow of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine – Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons (Glas), Fellow of Higher Education Authority and, Member of the European College of Sports & Exercise Physicians.

He is also on the Editorial Board of the Sports Medicine section of Grand Rounds, the online medical journal and is also on the review panel for SEM and Foot Surgery journals.

Nat Padhiar is a keen sportsman continuing to play cricket, tennis and taking part in endurance sport (34 marathons). He has represented Uganda School boys at cricket.

In his professional capacity he has been part of the medical team and has attended World Student Games (1991), Commonwealth Games (2002), Island Games (2003), Everest Marathon (1993,1995), Mongolian Sunrise to Sunset Marathon (2001-2003), Daily Telegraph/British Brain & Spine Foundation London Marathon Team (1999-2007), London Triathlon (2005) and London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games (2012). Nat Padhiar was the Clinical Lead and Team Leader for Podiatry at The London 2012 Games and was based in the Polyclinic, Olympic Village in Stratford for the entire period of Olympic & Paralympic Games 2012. Many clubs refer their sportsmen to Prof Padhiar at his private clinic at The London Independent Hospital.

Clinical Interests

  • Conservative and surgical management of all foot & ankle problems with a special interest in sports injuries.
  • Exercise-induced leg pain in the sport with a special interest in Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome and investigating it with sophisticated dynamic intra-compartment pressure testing system.
  • Image-guided injections using the steroid, Ostenil, and Prolotherapy.
  • Image-guided use of biologics in the treatment of osteoarthritis, tendon, and joint injuries, using platelet-rich plasma.
  • Clinical biomechanical examination and gait analysis.

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise
  • Fellow of the Surgical Faculty, The Royal College of Podiatrists (London)
  • Member of the European College of Sports & Exercise Physicians
  • Fellow of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine, The Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons (Glasgow)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Authority
  • Member of the Science Council (UK)