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About foot and ankle care

Our foot and ankle units combine a highly-skilled team of orthopaedic surgeons, with state-of-the-art technology such as standing CT scanning, to offer first-class diagnosis and treatment to patients with foot and ankle problems. For children and young people with congenital defects including club foot, flat feet and intoeing, our HCA UK paediatric physiotherapists offer corrective procedures such as the highly specialised Ponseti treatment.

We treat all patients with the highest quality of care, from elite athletes seeking peak performance, executives trying to get back to work and those who desire greater mobility in their day-to-day lives. 

Whether you have a problem bunion restricting your ability to walk, an unstable ankle preventing a return to sport or a painful arthritic joint affecting your quality of life, we’ll guide you step-by-step through the process of diagnosis, treatment options and aftercare. 

Our multidisciplinary teams include leading consultant radiologists, senior radiographers and expert nursing and physiotherapy teams who are experienced in managing the latest treatment options in foot and ankle care. They are able to perform anything from minimally-invasive surgical procedures through to complex reconstruction and tendon repair and transfer techniques.

Our expert foot and ankle consultants

Our foot and ankle consultants are specialist orthopaedic surgeons with many years' experience treating foot and ankle disorders. They are respected leaders in their field and offer patients the highest possible levels of care and the most advanced, minimally invasive treatments for foot and ankle sports injuries and general conditions.

What is causing my foot pain?

In this video, Mr Simon Moyes discusses common foot and ankle problems, including plantar fasciitis and bunions, and how they can be treated at The Foot and Ankle Unit, part of The Wellington Hospital.

Our foot and ankle care

Whether you're experiencing pain in your ankle, or specific problems such as painful arthritis in your foot, our world-class consultants can help diagnose and treat a wide range foot and ankle conditions.

  • Achilles tendon repair

    Need to know

    The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. A rupture occurs when there is a tear or separation of the tendon fibres. It is relatively common and can be serious. Your consultant may suggest surgery if the tendon ends are not in contact or if your function is likely to be affected...

  • Heel pain

    Need to know

    Heel pain can be plantar fasciitis or achilles tendinitis. The heel absorbs a tremendous amount of shock from walking, running, or standing still for long periods. As such, damage can occur to the large ligament that stretches from the heel bone to the ball of the foot. This ligament, known as the plantar...

  • Flat feet surgery

    Need to know

    Flat feet are feet with low or no foot arches. They can cause pain in the feet, ankles and other areas. They can also lead to feet rolling inward too much (overpronation), which can result in injuries and shoes wearing out. Most babies and toddlers have flat feet resulting from a combination of increased...

  • Tendon transfer surgery

    Need to know

    A tendon transfer is a surgical procedure where a healthy tendon is taken and moved to replace the function of a diseased or inactive tendon. A tendon transfer restores the movement or action to a previously paralysed or diseased muscle and joint.

  • Ankle arthroscopy

    Need to know

    Ankle arthroscopy is a keyhole procedure that allows your consultant to see inside your joints using a small surgical camera (arthroscope) inserted through tiny cuts in your ankle. Arthroscopy is used to diagnose and treat a range of joint problems — from ligament damage to arthritis — without open...

  • Ankle fusion

    Need to know

    Ankle fusion is a treatment for ankle arthritis. Ankle arthritis is a common problem for many people after they reach middle age, but it may occur in younger people, too. It can also develop following an injury to the foot or ankle. Pain typically is mad worse with movement of the arthritic joint. Your...

  • Ankle lateral ligament reconstruction

    Need to know

    If you have ankle instability, your consultant may recommend lateral ligament reconstruction surgery. Here, the weakened ligaments on either side of the ankle are renewed to better support the ankle and increase mobility. This procedure is used to strengthen sprained ankles where the ligaments have healed...

  • Ankle replacement

    Need to know

    Ankle replacement surgery is a treatment for ankle arthritis. Ankle arthritis is a common problem for many people after they reach middle age, but it may also occur in younger people. It can also develop following an injury to the foot or ankle. Your consultant may recommend ankle replacement surgery...

  • Big toe arthritis surgery

    Need to know

    Big toe fusion surgery is almost always carried out on people who have severe arthritis in the joint of their big toe. It can be an effective way of easing arthritic pain. It won't necessarily restore full flexibility to your toe but walking should be much easier and more comfortable.

  • Cheilectomy

    Need to know

    A cheilectomy is surgery to remove a bony lump on the top of the main joint of the big toe. This lump is usually caused by arthritis. A cheilectomy is recommended if you have a bony lump that is painfully pressing on your shoe, or as a treatment for early arthritis of the big toe, when the joint...

  • Foot drop surgery

    Need to know

    Foot drop happens when the muscles and tendons that pull the foot upwards stop working. This could be for a number of reasons, including nerve injury or disease (neuropathy) and after stroke. Surgery may involve transferring a working muscle and tendon to replace the ones that are not working.

  • Tendon repair surgery

    Need to know

    Tendon injuries are relatively common and rarely serious. Your consultant may suggest surgery if other types of treatment haven't worked or if you've torn your tendon badly. Surgery can be carried out on any tendon but it's usually done on shoulders, hands, wrists and the Achilles tendon.

  • Fracture

    Need to know

    A fracture (or broken bone) refers to a loss in the continuity of a bone. They are normally caused by a high-force impact, stress (over a period of time) or as a result of another bone-weakening condition, such as osteogenesis imperfecta, osteoporosis or bone cancer. If you've suffered a bone fracture,...

  • Osteoarthritis

    Need to know

    Over the years, wear and tear affects cartilage in the joints, causing pain, weakness and stiffness. This is known as osteoarthritis (OA). It can affect any joint but is most common in the knees, hip, and spine. It is a degenerative condition and often starts in people over 50-years-old but can affect...

  • PRP injections

    Need to know

    Stem cells and platelets are naturally occurring substances found in blood, and they can be injected into the body to help promote the recovery of injured muscles, tendons, joints and ligaments. They are referred to as platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections. The substances are injected into injured tissue...

  • Achilles tendinopathy

    Need to know

    The Achilles tendon is one of the largest tendons in the body connecting your calf muscles to your heel bone. The Achilles is needed to stand on tip toes and is essential for walking, jogging and running. Tendinopathy is a condition which causes swelling and pain in the Achilles tendon and can occur...

  • Achilles tendon rupture

    Need to know

    Your Achilles tendon connects your heel bone to your calf muscles. A complete tear across the tendon is called a rupture. It usually happens during sports that involve pushing off the ground sharply, like basketball, tennis, squash or badminton, especially in less conditioned athletes. It's a serious...

  • Ankle arthritis

    Need to know

    In osteoarthritis the shock absorbing cartilage of the joint is worn, causing pain, stiffness and a lack of mobility. In the ankle most cases follow trauma such as ankle fractures or severe sprains. It can also be caused by rheumatoid arthritis, where the body attacks itself, or other inflammation conditions...

  • Ankle sprains

    Need to know

    The ankle joint is strengthened by ligaments on the inside and outside part of the ankle, as well as an arrangement of ligaments that bond together the fibula and tibia bones. These ligaments and the soft tissues surrounding them can be stretched or even torn if you roll or severely twist the ankle,...

  • Big toe arthritis

    Need to know

    Big toe arthritis is usually the result of a previous injury, such as breaking a toe. It can also be the result of overuse — repetitive bending and stooping, for example. It tends to affect people over fifty, but can occur in younger people. It can cause the big toe to become stiffened, swollen...

  • Ingrown toenail

    Need to know

    An ingrown toenail happens when the side of a toenail grows into the skin surrounding it, leaving it red and swollen. Ingrown toenails can happen for a number of reasons, from wearing tight shoes to sweaty feet as well as poor nail cutting techniques. If your symptoms don't improve, following simple...

  • Ligament injuries

    Need to know

    Ligaments are tough, flexible tissues which connect one bone to another bone and hold them in place. When too much force is applied to a ligament, it can become injured or torn. This makes the joint unstable.

  • Lisfranc injuries

    Need to know

    A Lisfranc injury occurs in the middle part of your foot. This can include ligament damage or breaking the metatarsal bones. Due to the complex nature of this injury, the recovery process can be a gradual one. Our orthopaedic consultants can help your rehabilitation with a range of treatment options.

  • Metatarsalgia

    Need to know

    Metatarsalgia is a condition that refers to pain in the ball of your foot. This is a common condition and causes pain often when wearing shoes but sometimes only when barefoot. Metatarsalgia is a symptom and not a diagnosis, so your specialist will need to assess you to identify the cause before a treatment...

  • Mortons neuroma

    Need to know

    Morton’s neuroma is a foot condition which can cause severe pain as the nerves between your toes become irritated and thickened. Middle-aged women can be particularly affected as a result of wearing high-heeled shoes. Runners are also prone to this injury. Our orthopaedic consultants can help your rehabilitation...

  • Mortons neuroma surgery

    Need to know

    Morton’s neuroma is a foot condition affecting one of the nerves between the toes. Continued pressure on the nerve can make it become inflamed and enlarged, causing pain and numbness. In cases where it doesn’t settle, surgery is recommended.

  • Peroneal tendon surgery

    Need to know

    Peroneal tendons in your lower legs keep your ankles steady while you run, walk and play sport. Sometimes, they can rupture and tear because of injury or gradually over time. When this happens, our orthopaedic surgeons can carry out peroneal tendon surgery.

  • Shin splints

    Need to know

    Shin splints is the name given to pain in your shins, or the front of your lower legs. It's a fairly common condition, and usually not serious. It's thought to result from the inflammation of tissue around the shin bone. You may experience this after too much exercise, running, playing high-impact sports...

Foot and ankle locations

We offer fast diagnosis and the most advanced treatments at state-of-the-art foot and ankle units across the UK.

Request a foot and ankle appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced foot and ankle consultants. We can also make imaging and outpatient physiotherapy appointments for you.

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