Mr Ian Reilly MSc FCPodS FFPM RCPS(Glasg)

Welcome to my private practice website.  This website is intended to give patients information regarding Podiatric Surgery.

What is Podiatric Surgery?

Podiatric Surgery is a specialist field of practice within the podiatry profession.  Podiatric Surgeons are Podiatrists who have undergone extensive postgraduate training in the surgical management of foot and ankle problems.  A Podiatric Surgeon is to feet very much like a dentist is to teeth: an independent clinician in the field of surgery, and not a medical doctor.

Foot problems can be very painful, but if your symptoms are mild, medication (tablets or injections) may be enough to reduce your pain.  Insoles or shoe modifications may be useful for some patients.  When symptoms persist, and normal ambulation is no longer possible, surgery may be necessary.

Surgery is not the answer to all foot problems.  However, corrective surgical procedures can provide a solution to many long-term problems that would otherwise only be treatable by chronic conservative measures.  Surgery may be the treatment of choice when other non-surgical treatment methods have been tried and unsuccessful or are not sufficiently helpful.  Surgery should primarily be carried out for the relief of intractable pain or deformity; cosmesis alone is rarely a sufficient indication for invasive surgery.

How surgery can help:

  • The pain should have been reduced or may have stopped completely
  • The foot may be straighter and should function better
  • You should feel more comfortable when wearing shoes

My most commonly performed procedures:

Steroid injections

  • Cortisone injections

Minor Surgery

  • Verrucae, corn and skin surgery
  • Nail surgery

Podiatric Surgery

  • Cyst and ganglion excision (soft tissue lumps and bumps)
  • Morton’s neuroma surgery (trapped nerves)
  • Sub ungual and other bont exostectomies (bony bumps)
  • Lesser toe correction (hammer toes)
  • Metatarsal surgery for forefoot pain
  • Surgery for hallux limitus (arthritis of the great toe)
  • Surgery for hallux valgus (bunions)
  • Haglund’s deformity (heel bumps)
  • Plantar fasciitis (heel pain)
  • Flatfoot surgery

Despite primarily practising surgery, I will advise you of the non-surgical treatments available for your foot problem.  This will help you make a fully informed decision regarding your treatment so we can agree on a care plan together.

Professional Regulation

Podiatrists are regulated by an independent body: The Health and Care Professions Council, which sets standards for registrants’ education and training, professional skills and behaviour.  Podiatric Surgeons hold supplementary annotation as ‘podiatrists practising podiatric surgery’.  Podiatric Surgeons are also members of the surgical faculty of the Royal College of Podiatry (FRCPodS), which is responsible for overseeing our surgical training programme in conjunction with Huddersfield University.

Quality Assurance

Podiatric Surgery is a proven and effective part of foot health care, with thousands of foot operations undertaken in the UK by Podiatric Surgeons every year.  Information is collected for audit purposes in order to review performance, show evidence of practice and assess patient outcomes and experiences.