London International Patient Services

Foot and Ankle Surgery

London International Patient Services provides world-class foot and ankle surgery in state-of-the-art facilities across central London.

Why LIPS for Foot and Ankle Surgery?

LIPS is clinician-led and focused on giving exceptional treatment to patients from across the globe.

Our feet and ankles work hard for us; they carry our weight and help us get around. Injuries, arthritis and disease can damage the foot and ankle, causing pain, reducing mobility and decreasing your quality of life. Whether you have developed a new problem or want a second opinion from a leading orthopaedic specialist, LIPS can provide high-quality assessment, diagnosis and treatment.

The surgeons at LIPS have extensive experience and outstanding surgical ability. They provide the latest evidence-led treatments, innovative minimally-invasive surgery, and cutting-edge rehabilitation to ease your pain and restore your fitness and function.

Foot and ankle surgery by internationally-renowned surgeons

Mr Francesc Malagelada and Mr Michael Oddy lead the Foot and Ankle Surgery team at London International Patient Services.

In addition to his work at LIPS, Mr Malagelada is a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon working at the Royal London Hospital, the UK’s biggest major trauma centre. He offers outstanding care to severely injured patients as well as specialist foot and ankle surgery.

A highly-qualified foot and ankle surgeon, Mr Malagelada completed advanced orthopaedic and fellowship training. He has a PhD for research into minimally-invasive surgery of the foot and has been awarded the respected ESSKA-AFAS fellowship to conduct research by the Ankle and Foot section of the European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy.

Mr Malagelada is actively involved in research and presents at international meetings. He has published extensively in many respected international journals and orthopaedic textbooks. He trains the doctors and surgeons of the future, holding an honorary senior clinical lecturer post at Queen Mary University of London and running the accredited foot and ankle fellowship at the Royal London Hospital.

Mr Oddy is a consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedics at University College London Hospital he manages general trauma and is highly proficient in the specialist management of foot and ankle injuries, deformities, bunion and toe problems and nerve disorders. He is a member of the British Orthopaedic Association and the British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society.

Mr Oddy is an Honorary Associate Professor in the UCL Division of Surgery. He is actively involved in both education and research. He lectures on the UCL MSc in Sports, Exercise and Health and is a member of the Institute of Sports, Exercise and Health National Achilles Tendinopathy Centre team.

Mr Oddy has an interest in neurological foot problems and is the orthopaedic lead for the diabetic foot service at UCLH. An expert in the treatment of sporting injuries and trauma, he was one of the six specialist foot and ankle surgeons serving the London 2012 Olympics.

A bespoke programme of care

The consultants at LIPS approach and treat each patient as an individual. During your consultation, they will take time to understand your personal problems, needs and preferences. They will create a bespoke treatment plan that addresses your concerns using medical and surgical treatments as well as expert care from the multidisciplinary team.

Many patients can gain symptomatic relief from tailored, specialist non-surgical treatments, including orthotics, steroid injections and physiotherapy. Mr Malagelada and Mr Oddy will only recommend surgery when it will provide you with the best results and recovery.

Specialist consultant care

LIPS brings together a skilled group of experienced consultants who are acknowledged experts in their fields. LIPS selects consultants with significant reputations, working at the top of their specialty in prestigious London teaching hospitals

When you make an appointment for a foot or ankle problem at LIPS, Mr Malagaleda or Mr Oddy will provide individual support and care from your first consultation through investigation, surgery and rehabilitation. LIPS has found that excellent continuity of care inspires trust and confidence in our patients.

Whether you’re undergoing an ankle replacement, recovering from a sporting injury or having bunion surgery, LIPS helps make your patient journey comfortable and stress-free. You can be reassured that the surgeons and nurses will know your name and understand your treatment.

The team will always be available to answer your questions and address any concerns. LIPS provides translation support for our many international patients, to assist effective communication. Mr Malagaleda can also consult in fluent Spanish and Catalan.

Dedicated multidisciplinary team

Foot and ankle surgery is complex and demanding. To ensure you achieve the very best outcome, LIPS has access to an expert multidisciplinary team, including radiologists, physiotherapists, podiatrists and occupational therapists. They support the surgeons by providing high-quality imaging, orthotics and rehabilitation to restore the mobility, strength and function of your foot and ankle.

Comprehensive care for the foot and ankle

Whether you have had foot and ankle trauma, a ruptured Achilles, or are suffering from plantar fasciitis, LIPS provides expert assessment, investigation and treatment tailored to your needs.

LIPS provides specialist care for:

  • Trauma and sports injuries affecting the foot and ankle
  • Fractures of the foot and ankle
  • Arthroscopic surgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Bunions
  • Deformities of the lesser toes
  • Foot and ankle arthritis
  • Ankle replacement
  • Great toe joint replacement
  • Diabetic foot problems
  • In-growing toenails
  • Morton's neuroma
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Hammer and Claw toes
  • Hallux rigidus arthritis
  • Charcot / neuropathic deformity
  • Neurological disorders
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles rupture
  • Ankle ligament reconstruction surgery
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Flat foot or cavus foot

The best specialist for your foot and ankle problem

The experienced clinicians at LIPS work closely as a team, meaning that you can access high-quality, individualised healthcare through a single point of contact. The body's systems interact so that any condition or injury can affect other parts of the body. LIPS specialists communicate and collaborate, arranging regular multidisciplinary meetings to ensure patients receive the best possible holistic care.

If following assessment, your consultant believes another expert would best treat your symptoms, they will provide swift, seamless and hassle-free transition to another skilled specialist.

Expert neuropathic foot care

Diabetes affects the circulation and can damage the nerves in the feet, making them numb and predisposing to damage. Mr Oddy specialises in the treatment of people with neuropathic feet. He works with an expert team of specialist nurses and podiatrists to help people with diabetes maintain healthy feet.

Minimally-invasive surgery

Mr Francesc Malagelada is a highly-skilled minimally-invasive surgeon. If indicated by your condition, he will perform arthroscopy or ‘keyhole’ surgery. These innovative techniques offer patients smaller scars, shorter hospital stays, fewer complications and faster recovery times than traditional open operations.

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