Answers to some of the more frequently asked questions that we receive about our services.
Initial consultation charges for Mr Clayton and Mr Carter are £200 and return consultations are £150. Treatment costs will depend on your individual requirements. Once the required treatment has been discussed we can obtain inclusive prices to cover all aspects of your treatment costs so you know where you stand. If you have insurance, your insurer will be able to advise of any excesses or co-payments.
We can offer consultations with our surgeons at Ross Hall and Nuffield hospitals in Glasgow, Murrayfield hospital in Edinburgh, Kings Park in Stirling and Tayside Complete Health in Dundee. Our specialist podiatrists consult in Edinburgh, Perth, Dundee and Glasgow. Our locations are accessible across the central belt.
In normal times we would encourage you to bring a partner, relative or friend to your consultation. At present with the fast changing requirements from COVId-19, some of our locations will have their own recommendations about who can and cannot attend. Further advice on COVID-19.
This will depend on what operation you have had. As a general rule you will need to be out of any cast, boot or protective shoe. You will need to be strong and comfortable enough to use the pedals repeatedly and to do an emergency stop without hesitation. More information is available for specific operations on the surgical procedures page and your surgeon will be able to advise you. If the surgery is only to your left foot and your car is automatic you can usually return to driving after a few days even if you are wearing a protective shoe or boot.
The metal implants used in most operations on the foot or ankle are tiny and usually do not set off airport alarms. However the settings of the airport scanners vary from one airport to the next and from one day to the next – for obvious reasons they will not tell us what they are set to detect! Suffice it to say that there are hundreds of thousands of people every year in the UK who undergo surgery involving insertion of some form of metal implant and they are all able to travel without hindrance. The worst that might happen is you could be asked to have a pat down search or go through a whole body scanner.
For more and more injuries and operations techniques are being developed which prevent people having to be non weight-bearing after surgery. However in some situations such as major joint fusion surgery or AMIC treatment of osteochondral lesions this can still be necessary. Traditionally this would have meant using crutches. Using crutches means your entire body weight goes through the non-operated leg and your upper body which can be painful on the other leg, the back and the shoulders, as well as causing practical difficulties. Many people now use either a knee walker or an iwalk device to avoid some of these difficulties. A knee walker is a scooter type trolley device which allows you to keep the weight off the operated foot without having to use crutches. It has four wheels and so is a strong, stable platform. The iwalk is a peg leg device which attaches to the operated leg and has the added advantage of being able to be used on stairs.