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Get more information on podiatric surgery

Get more information on podiatric surgery

Podiatric Surgery is the surgical treatment of the foot and its associated structures. It is carried out by a Podiatric Surgeon, usually as a day case procedure and often under local anaesthetic.

There are presently 46 NHS podiatric surgery units led by Consultant Podiatric Surgeons. Podiatric surgeons also work in many private hospitals and clinics. Consultant Podiatric Surgeons are recognised by nearly all the insurance providers including BUPA, AXA PPP, Norwich Union and Standard Life.

Podiatric Surgery was initially only available in the private sector.  In 1983, Shropshire Health Authority became the first NHS organisation to provide podiatric surgery.  Shortly after this in 1986, a second team began offering surgery in the adjacent English county of Herefordshire .  The department was very successful and in 1993 a dedicated day surgery unit was opened in Hereford and Consultant Podiatric Surgeons were employed to run the service.  Since then, the popularity of Podiatric Surgery has grown throughout England.

The First UK based training in podiatric surgery was developed over 40 years ago in North London.  Training was initially provided by leading Podiatric Surgeons from the USA including; E Dalton McGlamry, Tildern Sockaloff, Guido LaPorta and later Lowell Scott Weil.

Today's Podiatric Surgeons initially complete a BSc Hons degree in Podiatry before studying a Post graduate MSc degree in the theory of Podiatric Surgery.  During the MSc training, Podiatrists will also be gaining valuable clinical experience in an NHS Podiatry department and after 2 years of clinical experience; they may register on a training program and begin their practical training in Podiatric Surgery.  The minimum time frame from beginning to completion of training is 10 years.

All Podiatric Surgeons are regulated by the Health Professions Council.

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