Sports foot and ankle problems

Mr Bowyer understands the demands of sports and fitness, and the frustration that foot and ankle problems can bring, whether for the professional athlete or sportsman, or for those who want to stay fit and active, participating in occasional sport.

Mr Bowyer was in the Army for 17 years, serving with Airborne Forces for much of that time. He boxed for the University (Cambridge), Rowed for College (Downing, Cambridge & St Johns, Oxford), and ran when he had to! He still enjoys sailing, cycling and keeps fit by running, which includes ultra-marathons (slowly). His interest in foot and ankle surgery, as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, has had a definite bias towards sporting injuries and problems. He has received grant funding for research into ankle injuries and instability. He has presented work both nationally and internationally on sports injuries, ankle instability and arthroscopic (“keyhole”) surgery for the foot and ankle.

Mr Bowyer has always worked closely with a biomechanical podiatrist, physiotherapists and sports trainers to optimise treatment of foot and ankle conditions. This recognises the value of non-operative management where appropriate, post-operative physiotherapy, and rehabilitation and a return to function for patients with foot and ankle problems.

Mr Bowyer has treated foot and ankle problems for many professional and high-level sportsmen and women, from a range of sports including Olympic medal-winners and international performers in:

  • Athletics
  • Gymnastics
  • Football
  • Cricket
  • Hockey
  • Fencing
  • Sailing
  • Dance

He has also looked after many people who have lower, but none-the-less important, sporting demands – from weekend kick-around football in the park with the children, through to running to keep fit or weekly five-a-side with friends from work.

All need and deserve a treatment regime which aims to optimise the outcome and ensures a return to activity as soon as possible. Co-operation between the surgeon, physiotherapist, podiatrist and sports coach or trainer is essential. This co-operative approach, and appropriate involvement and information for the patient, has always been key in Mr Bowyer’s approach to the management of foot and ankle problems.

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