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What is podiatric surgery?

Podiatric surgery is a huge field in it’s own right with a large breadth and depth of practice. Surgeons are highly skilled in multiple procedures. This page is an overview of some common surgical practices.

If you have a condition that may benefit from surgical assessment please find a podiatric surgeon for personal advice and guidance.

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.  If you think you need foot surgery, this can usually be arranged under the care of the NHS, you will in most cases need to be referred by your GP or you can contact your local NHS podiatry unit for advice. Of course, many surgeons also work privately and therefore your podiatrist will be able to refer you directly.

What is podiatric surgery?

Podiatric surgery is a specialist field within the podiatry profession.  A Podiatric Surgeon is a highly skilled practitioner who has studied at Master’s level in Podiatric Surgery (on top of their BSc in Podiatric medicine).

After achieving their qualifications they must undergo further, highly rigorous academic and practical training in surgical techniques. From start to finish this is usually around 11 years of study.

Podiatric surgeons work with a huge range of consultants in a multidisciplinary setting. This will include vascular consultants, diabetes specialists, orthopaedic surgeons, radiologists and other members of multidisciplinary teams to ensure each patient receives the highest quality care and the best clinical outcomes.

There are currently 63 Consultant Podiatric Surgeons working within the NHS in England, and 126 qualified podiatric surgeons in the UK.

Regulation

All Podiatric Surgeons are regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and work to proficiency standards to ensure protection of the public.

Podiatric Surgery is only offered in sites that meet Care Quality Commission (CQC) standards. This is often in an NHS Trust or within a private hospital setting.

What is podiatric surgery?
What is podiatric surgery?
What is podiatric surgery?