The feet and ankles are the fundamental support system of the whole body – and our Consultant takes a holistic view, to understand not just the pathology in front of them, but how it is impacting the patient.
Foot disorders can affect every aspect of your life. It is not uncommon for people to say they have felt frustrated in the past; they have perhaps seen multiple professionals and struggled to get an answer. This can affect their mindset, and low mood is therefore not uncommon, both in males and females.
Working with other healthcare professionals, our Consultant aims to make the process as smooth as possible. He or she will take a full medical history and ask you about your symptoms and how they are affecting your day to day life.
Our consultants spend plenty of time getting to know the patient, to understand how their symptoms are affecting them. That includes not just what shoes they are wearing, but what they do for a living, their hobbies and pastimes – if they play tennis or golf, for example – and if they have stairs at home.
Any imaging required thereafter depends on whether the condition affects solely the soft tissues or if a bony component is involved, as well as if there is any concern around arthritis.
Our team works very closely with allied health professionals, such as podiatrists and physiotherapists, to get patients back on their feet as soon as possible.
X-rays can be carried out the same day, if required. Ultrasound and MRI scans need to be booked in for a later date. A CT scan can usually be performed relatively quickly, if needed, in advance of having a total ankle replacement.
If possible, our Consultant Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon will chat with patients virtually before their consultation – online or over the phone – to minimise how much time they spend in hospital.