Top 5 Ankle and Foot Surgeons in London

At Surrey Physio, we see foot and ankle injuries all the time. We’re heavily involved in sport, so of course we see a lot of ankle and foot injuries.

Common injuries that we see are ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis (heel pain), Achilles tendinopathy (pain at the back of the heel), foot fracture rehab, and bunions.

In some cases, we do need to refer to the foot and ankle surgeons. The most common surgery we refer to is probably for bunions (hallux valgus).

Let’s go straight to our Top 5 recommendations for Foot and Ankle Surgeons in London

1. Mr Eoin Baldwin

Eoin is a podiatric surgeon working at Shirley Oaks Hospital, and someone who we have referred dozens of patients too. He has successfully operated on many of our patients and we trust him as a professional who does a good job.

Eoin Baldwin has over 33 years of experience in the field of Podiatric Surgery, which encompasses foot surgery. He has worked as an NHS Consultant in South London and Surrey. Mr. Baldwin is a highly experienced foot specialist who has performed over 21,500 foot and ankle procedures and now works independently. He performs a vast array of surgical foot procedures, from ingrown toenails to bunions to ankle pathologies.

Together with extensive training, he has a special interest in the treatment of hallux valgus (bunion) reconstruction. Patients who undergo bunion surgery performed by Mr. Baldwin are typically able to walk immediately, return to normal footwear in two weeks, return to sports in four weeks, and have minimal scarring.

2. Mr Kumar Kunasingam

Mr. Kumar Kunasingam is a Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in hip and knee surgery, including primary and revision joint replacement, and soft tissue knee surgery. He graduated from the University of London in 1995, then completed his orthopaedic training in the North East Thames rotation and later obtained a prestigious fellowship in hip and knee arthroplasty at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore.

Aside from his clinical duties, Mr. Kunasingam has a significant interest in research and education. He is a published author of numerous scientific articles and regularly presents his work at international meetings. Additionally, he serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and the British Journal of Sports Medicine. He is also involved in the training of junior doctors and is a faculty member of FRCS (Orth) and MRCS exam courses.

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What is the Difference between a Podiatric Surgeon and Orthopaedic Surgeon?

In the context of musculoskeletal health, both podiatric and orthopaedic surgeons play essential roles in dealing with complex foot and ankle issues. However, they typically specialise in different areas of the body and undergo distinct training. Here's a quick summary:

A podiatric surgeon is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. This may include foot injuries, bunions, hammertoes, heel spurs, and deformities, in addition to complications from diseases such as diabetes. To become a podiatric surgeon, one must typically complete four years of undergraduate education, four years of podiatric medical school to earn a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree, and then a foot and ankle surgery residency programme.

An orthopaedic surgeon specialises in the musculoskeletal system, which consists of bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves. Their scope is considerably larger than that of a podiatric surgeon. Any condition affecting the musculoskeletal system, from fractures and dislocations to arthritis and osteoporosis, may be treated by orthopaedic surgeons. In addition, they may decide to specialise in the foot and ankle.

Therefore, while both types of surgeons may perform surgery on the feet and ankles, their training and scope of practice are different. If you have a condition affecting your foot or ankle, you may consult either, and personal recommendation is often best.

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If you are a patient, in pain, or suffering with foot and ankle issues please call us to discuss your case further. Surrey Physio have an amazing team of therapists to help you recover from pain, and get you back to living a normal life. If we are unable to help you, we might suggest you to seek help from a neuro physio. Call us on 0208 685 6930 or click the link at the top to book online. If you see one of the surgeons on this page, please mention Surrey Physio to them – thank you).