Foot and ankle

Embark on a journey to pain-free mobility with our specialised foot and ankle treatment at RNOH Private Care.

Our skilled specialists address a range of conditions, from common foot ailments to complex ankle reconstructions, utilising advanced techniques to achieve optimal results. Accurate diagnosis is the foundation of our approach, employing imaging technologies and clinical expertise to identify the specific challenges affecting the foot and ankle. We offer a range of interventions, from non-surgical options such as orthotics to surgical procedures like ankle arthroscopy and ligament reconstruction.

Patient education is central to our ethos, ensuring individuals understand their condition and treatment options thoroughly. Whether resolving chronic conditions like plantar fasciitis or addressing traumatic injuries, our expert team is dedicated to providing clear communication, expert care, and ongoing support throughout the recovery process.

Your path to accessing our services starts with a simple step – contacting us. We are here to assist you throughout your journey, making your treatment a seamless and successful one.

Our treatments include:

01Total Ankle Replacement

Total ankle replacement is an operation to replace a worn-out ankle joint by resurfacing the ends of your tibia and talus with metal components with a plastic insert in between them to allow gliding motion. These metal parts are attached to the bones with pegs or stems. They have a special coating to help your bones grow into them. Ankle replacement, also known as Total Ankle Replacement (TAR), is a new and improving technology. Thanks to better technology and research, we have a third generation of implants that are uncemented, three component, mobile-bearing implants.

02Ankle Fusion (Arthrodesis)

Ankle fusion is an operation to turn a stiff painful joint into a stiffer but painless joint.  During this operation, the damaged cartilage is taken out from the ends of the bones. Then, the two bones are held tightly together using screws or plates until they join and become one solid bone (this is called bone fusion).

03Bunions (hallux valgus) and lesser toe deformities treatment

Greater understanding of the many complex components of hallux valgus and lesser toe deformities has led to more patient-specific surgery.  Surgery should only be considered if all non-surgical measures have been explored and if symptoms are significant.

04Ankle Arthroscopy

An ankle arthroscopy is a procedure where two or three small holes are made in the front of your ankle. A tiny camera (about three to five millimetres wide) is then put into your ankle, letting the surgeon see and address issues inside the joint.

This method can treat various soft tissue and bone issues, like removing bony spurs, removing loose bone fragments, or smoothing out inflamed soft tissues (synovitis). The success and recovery rates depend on the particular problem you have, and the consultant surgeon will talk about these with you before any surgery.

05Lateral Ligament Reconstruction of the Ankle

The ankle is a hinge joint between the leg and the foot, and allows up/down and side/side movement. Stability is provided by strong ligaments either side of the ankle.

The lateral ligament (on the outside of the ankle) is made up of three bands connecting the fibula (the prominent bone on the outside of the ankle) and the talus (ankle bone) and calcaneus (heel bone). If the ankle is twisted, the ligaments can become stretched or torn. This is known as a sprained ankle.


This operation is usually performed under a general anaesthetic. An incision (cut) is made over the outside of the ankle. The stretched ligament is cut and then overlapped and sewn together again under tension. A thick band of tissue called the extensor retinaculum is sewn over the top, further re-enforcing it. The skin is then carefully sewn up and a plaster of paris cast is applied from below the knee to the ball of the foot. A patient will remain in plaster for four weeks and in an ankle brace for up to eight weeks after this.

07Tendon reconstruction

This operation is usually done under a general anaesthetic. An incision is made over the outside of the ankle. There are two tendons called the ‘peroneal tendons’ that run along the outside of the ankle. A small portion (usually 1/3) of one of these tendons is used as a tendon graft. It is taken from the tendon along its length and passed through small drill holes in the ankle bone (fibula), tightened and fixed to the heel bone (calcaneus), which will reform the ankle ligaments. The skin is carefully sewn up and a plaster of paris cast is applied from below the knee to the ball of the foot. A patient will remain in plaster for four weeks and in an ankle brace for up to eight weeks after this.

08Foot and ankle surgery

Various foot conditions can cause discomfort, restricting your ability to move comfortably. It’s crucial to keep your feet strong and healthy. The foot is a complex part of your body, with 26 bones, 33 joints, and many tendons, ligaments, and muscles. Sometimes, the structure and mechanics of your feet or ankles can change (for various reasons), and surgery might be needed to address these changes. Typically, surgery is only considered after trying all non-surgical options.

09Adult acquired flatfoot deformity or tibialis posterior tendon dysfunction

The tibialis posterior is a muscle in the lower leg. The tendon from this muscle runs behind the inside bone on the ankle (called the medial malleolus), across the instep and attaches to the bottom of the foot. The tibialis posterior is important as it helps to hold the arch of the foot up and stop the foot rolling over. Sometimes the tendon becomes stretched and inflamed. This condition can be called Tibialis Posterior Tendon Dysfunction, Tibialis Posterior Insufficiency or Acquired Adult Flat Foot.

Surgery is usually performed when non-surgical measures have failed. The goal of surgery is to eliminate pain, stop progression of the deformity and improve a patient’s mobility.

More than one technique may be used, and surgery tends to include one or more of the following:

  • The tendon is reconstructed or replaced using another tendon in the foot or ankle. The name of the technique depends on the tendon used:
  • Flexor digitorum longus (FDL) transfer
  • Flexor hallucis longus (FHL) transfer
  • Tibialis anterior transfer (Cobb procedure)
  • Calcaneal osteotomy – the heel bone may be shifted to bring your heel back under your leg and the position fixed with a screw
  • Lengthening of the Achilles tendon if it is particularly tight
  • Repair one of the ligaments under your foot

If you smoke, your surgeon may refuse to operate unless you can refrain from smoking before and during the healing phase of your procedure. Research has proven that smoking delays bone healing significantly.

"I’m glad I won’t have to wear this brace anymore and I look forward to doing all the things I did before like trampolining and horse-riding. The care I've had at RNOH has been amazing, I’d like to thank all the doctors and nurses and the robot!"

Emma Scoliosis surgery using Mazor X Stealth Robot

"Emily was born with Erb’s Palsy - a condition that meant she couldn’t use her left arm. She needed an operation. Our daughter was so well looked after – we can’t fault the service or staff"

Parents of Emily Erb’s Palsy

"We are incredibly happy by how straight her spine is and the fact that she’s 3 inches taller now. The care that we’ve received from the doctors, the nurses the paediatricians, anaesthetists - has been amazing"

Parents of Emily Scoliosis surgery using Mazor X Stealth Robot

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