Podiatric surgery

We provide surgical management for patients with foot and ankle problems. We are part of the Podiatry Service.

Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital

0300 123 1540

King Edward Avenue, Herne Bay, Kent CT6 6EB

Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm

Clinical services are provided from the podiatric day surgery unit in Herne Bay and at Foster Street Clinic in Maidstone, ME15 6NH.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information about our service

This service has been suspended. Existing patients will be contacted directly by telephone to identify if an appointment is required, if indicated dressing appointments or post-op appointments will be arranged. If it's urgent, you can contact the service, using the details below.

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Who we are

We specialise in foot and ankle surgery; we are a branch of podiatry. We tailor each treatment to the specific needs of that person.

We encourage each person to have an active role in their treatment. Many problems can affect the foot and ankle and this can have a negative effect on a person’s daily life.

We aim to tailor each treatment to the specific needs of a person and allow each person to have an active role in their treatment.

What we do

We surgically manage foot and ankle problems. Some of these problems can be found in common foot conditions (see further down the page). Podiatric surgery provides surgical and non-surgical treatment of the foot and ankle. The department works closely with specialties, including podiatric bio-mechanics and physiotherapy.

Treatment, like many other musculoskeletal problems often involves a multi-disciplinary approach. We offer a full range of surgical procedures, which can be carried out on a day care basis. If surgery is required, it is often performed under local anaesthetic, but general anaesthetic is also available.

The department is equipped with a portable x-ray machine and an ultrasound machine, which are used for guided steroid injections, as well as intraoperative imaging.

Many problems can affect the foot and ankle and this can have a negative effect upon a person’s quality of life and daily living activities.

How do you use this service?

A foot problem needing a surgical opinion and correction would be referred by the GP or from the podiatry service.

This service is commissioned for Ashford, Canterbury, South Kent coast, Thanet and west Kent.

Podiatric surgery clinics

Podiatric surgery became available through the NHS in 1983. Since its introduction into the NHS, the number of podiatric surgical units has increased and there is generally a podiatric surgical unit in each NHS Trust. Podiatric surgery has been proven to have a direct impact on patients’ foot health, as well as achieving high patient satisfaction

Our team works in a number of bases:

Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital, Herne Bay

The Podiatric Surgical Service at the Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital started in 1998. Since then the size and scope of practice has increased.

The Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital is an NHS community hospital in Herne Bay. It houses the podiatric surgical department, which was refurbished in 2009. This has produced a bright and clean department with a modern operating theatre.

The department is staffed by three consultant podiatric surgeons, a podiatric surgeon, a team of nurses, health care assistants and clerical staff.

The hospital benefits form free car parking and is about three minutes from the A299. The hospital has on site x-ray facilities and the department benefits from a portable x-ray (mini fluoroscopy unit), as well as a diagnostic ultrasound machine. Both are used for diagnosis and guided injections.

Foster Street, Maidstone

Foster Street is a community clinic in the centre of Maidstone. It is staffed by one consultant podiatric surgeon;; a MSK Podiatrist who provides orthotics (insoles) for patients and also carries out extracorporeal shock wave therapy.

Patients needing x-rays, ultrasound or MRI scans either have these taken at Maidstone Hospital or Pembury Hospital. Parking is available in the road outside the clinic or in the public car park in College Road.

Common foot conditions

We deal with many conditions affecting the foot and ankle.

The foot and ankle is a complex structure and plays an integral part, along with the knee, hip joint and the spine, to allow forward movement of the body.

The science of human kinematics (movement) is called bio-mechanics and abnormal bio-mechanics can often be the cause of a lot of lower limb problems. If this is the case, a referral for insoles/orthosis and stretching exercises can often remedy the problem.

However, often foot and ankle pathology can be associated with a structural problem – position of the bones or joints or in relation to a disease process, such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes or osteoarthritis.

These conditions can respond well to non-surgical care, such as medication and insoles but, if this fails to manage the problems, surgery may be suggested. The foot can be broadly be broken down into three areas – the forefoot, midfoot and the rearfoot. The majority of foot problems involve the forefoot, however problems with
the mid, rearfoot and ankle can also happen and are often problematic. They can have a greater impact on a patient’s daily living activities and quality of life.

Here are some conditions affecting the foot and ankle:

Toes

  • Bunion deformity/hallux valgus
  • Sesamoiditis
  • Stiff big toe joint/hallux limitus
  • Toe deformities.

Forefoot

  • Tailor’s bunion
  • Frieberg’s disease/avascular necrosis
  • Capsulitis
  • Fracture
  • Corns/callus
  • Neuroma
  • Inflammatory joint disease.

Midfoot

  • Arthritis
  • Accessory navicular.

Flat foot

  • Tibialis posterior tendon dysfunction
  • Tarsal conditions

Tendon

  • Achilles tendon
  • Insertional Achilles tendinopathy
  • Non-insertional Achilles tendinopathy
  • Tibialis posterior tendon dysfunction
  • Peroneal tendons.

Arthritis

  • Lesser metatarsals/ball of the foot
  • Hallux limitus
  • Midfoot
  • Rearfoot
  • Ankle
  • Rheumatoid arthritis.

Ankle

  • Arthritis
  • Ankle instability
  • Osteochondral defects.

Your comments

April 2018
QVMH, Herne Bay

The quality of the care has been superb, from the initial consultation, to the receptionist on booking the pre-op and through to the operation it's self all have been caring and proffesional. In addition the facilities are first rate

May 2018
QVMH, Herne Bay

Wonderful care, kindness and treatment.

May 2018
QVMH, Herne Bay

all staff. Kind and helpful. Can't thank them enough

June 2018
QVMH, Herne Bay

I wish all hospitals are as excellent as this one, the staff starting from the surgeon, nurses in theatre and in the word are the top, they are pleasant and trying their best to comfort you, excellent.