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Information for patients – foot and ankle

Mr Braithwaite provided the foot and ankle service at the Countess of Chester Hospital from 1996 until the appointment of a second consultant in 2009 who added new techniques such as ankle arthroscopy to the team’s armamentarium.

Mr Braithwaite continues to offer foot and ankle services and brings a wealth of experience. Minor procedures can be undertaken in clinic, such as in-growing toe nail surgery and simple corn surgery, but Mr Braithwaite no longer offers in-patient surgery and patients requiring surgery are referred on to Mr Wood also at the Nuffield Hospital.

Many foot and ankle problems need conservative treatment before surgery becomes an option. Mr Braithwaite offers a comprehensive assessment and has access to all investigation modalities such as X-rays, scans, electrophysiology.

In many cases the problem can be treated without an operation, for example with physiotherapy, orthotics, injections, medications. There is easy access to the Nuffield Hospital’s excellent physiotherapy department. Mr Braithwaite works closely with an experienced orthotist based in Vicars Cross. Injections can be undertaken in clinic, but for difficult injections experienced interventional radiologists can offer X-ray guided injections.

Conditions seen and assessed by Mr Braithwaite include:

  • Lesser toe problems (hammer toe, mallet toe, claw toe)
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Hallux valgus and bunions
  • Arthritis including hallux rigidus
  • Mid foot pain and deformities
  • Ankle arthritis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tendon problems (such as tibialis posterior dysfunction)
  • Ankle instability
  • Fractures and injuries

Sometimes foot and ankle pain can originate elsewhere, often the back or knee, and Mr Braithwaite has the experience of 25 years general orthopaedics and a specialised spinal practice to draw on. If still unclear where the problems are arising there is access to a number of specialists for a second opinion.