Foot Surgery

Mr Ernest Barlow-Kearsley is a renowned Consultant Podiatric Surgeon boasting over 20 years of experience in effectively addressing the root causes of foot pain. Annually, he performs in excess of 600 foot procedures, catering to patients of all ages.

The foot is a complex structure that provides stability to the body, enabling a wide range of movements. Unfortunately, various conditions can arise, leading to pain and deformities which significantly affect mobility and overall quality of life.

Podiatric surgeons are uniquely placed to offer biomechanical and surgical solutions to many of these common foot ailments that patients present with. In many cases, non-surgical treatments can successfully alleviate foot pain. Methods such as orthotic devices, pain-relieving injections, shockwave therapy, appropriate footwear adjustments, and adherence to proper foot care practices can greatly improve conditions, potentially bypassing the need for surgery.

However, when pain continues unabated and non-surgical approaches fail to resolve the problem, surgery becomes a sensible option for addressing the pain.

It’s crucial to recognize that while surgery can rectify many long-standing issues, not every condition can be resolved through surgical means.

Opting for surgery should be primarily motivated by the need to relieve persistent pain or correct deformities. Undergoing surgery solely to enhance the aesthetic appearance of the foot is generally not advisable.


Publications & Presentations.


  • Case Report: Surgical Management of unilateral post-axial polydactyl in an adult; Podiatry Now 2010.
  • Clinical Picture Quiz: Ainhum; Podiatry Now 2010.
  • Prospective study of plantar plate disruption; a collaboration with MSK radiologists; waiting for ethical approval.
  • A Case report: Anterior tarsal tunnel syndrome; waiting for NCS to be confirmed will be published in JBJS.
  1. Critical Review: – The assessment and treatment of lesser\central metatarsalgia, Podiatry Now. Jul 2011, Vol. 14 Issue 7, pl 4-26.
  2. Rheumatoid foot: a Podiatric perspective, Rheumatology MDT,CXH
  3. Podiatric Surgery-Healthshare
  4. When your feet hurt you hurt all over.
  5. My journey to being an ACP in CLCH
  6. The Balls of my feet are killing me-Nuffield Health – Woking.
  7. Basic internal fixation techniques CXH forefoot course
  8. My journey with diabetic ulcers
  9. Endocrine system-Bones
  10. Plantar plate disruption

Podiatric Surgery- The Future!


  • Regional Local Anaesthesia Brighton University Medical School
  • Radiology of the foot and ankle-Radiographers teaching day CXH
  • Learning set for GP’s PBC group Hammersmith & Fulham PCT
  • Diagnostic Imaging of the lower limb Brighton University MSc Course
  • Injection Therapy for the foot & Ankle Brighton University MSc Course
  • The role of Podiatric Surgery in long term chronic foot conditions ‘Network’ day CLCH
  • Case Presentation: Polydactyly Osteotec conference
  • Podiatric Surgery: The patient’s journey PBC Kensington & Chelsea
  • Podiatric Surgery-Elective surgery; GP training day Imperial College CXH
  • Exercised induced leg pain-Sports medicine registrar trainee day
Surgeons and nurse during a foot surgery
Options for Foot Surgery

A variety of surgical treatments are available to address foot pain and deformities, with the most appropriate approach depending on the specific symptoms and conditions you’re experiencing.

Common surgical interventions address issues such as:

• Bunions

• Hammer and clawed toes

• Joint pain and arthritis

• Tendinopathy of tendons within the foot

• Neuroma

• Ganglions

Foot surgery can be performed under general anesthesia, sedation, or local anesthesia, and is typically done on an daycase surgery basis.

Are There Risks or Side-Effects Following Foot Surgery?

Like any medical intervention, foot surgery comes with inherent risks, which Mr Barlow-Kearsley will thoroughly discuss with you before treatment, ensuring you are well-informed at every stage.

The main risks following foot surgery include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Infection
  • Scarring which can be thickened or sensitive
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Chronic pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Numbness
  • Joint stiffness
  • Recurrence of the deformity
  • Failure to resolve all pain

Patients at TotalFootcareSolutions benefit from exceptional aftercare, encompassing several crucial recommendations to facilitate a quick and efficient recovery from surgery.