Dr Campbell J Wareham
D.Med.Sc, FCPodS, D.Pod.Surg, MNZCPS, MChS, BSc (Pod Med)
I have extensive experience in medicine and surgery of the foot. I’ve performed thousands of procedures for foot problems in both the NHS and independent settings.
I’ve an international approach to care, having practiced in Australia and New Zealand. I was one of the first Podiatric Surgical registrars from the UK to attend the St Francis Hospital Connecticut visiting residency in the USA, which provided me with further expertise in the management of foot and ankle surgery.
As a Podiatric Surgeon , I hold Podiatric qualifications (Podiatric Surgeons are registered Podiatrists, rather than registered medical practitioners). I continued my education after my Fellowship award to obtain a Doctorate degree. I have held an NHS post as a Consultant in Podiatric Surgery for over fourteen years.
My Doctor of Medical Science degree in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (DMedSc) was awarded by the University of Ulster after research into the clinical management of patients undergoing foot surgery. I’ve lectured and taught surgery at various Schools of Podiatric Medicine.
I’ve previously been the External Examiner for the Master in Podiatric Surgery degree at the University of Brighton and an examiner for the College of Podiatry for the last five 5 years.
I have extensive public speaking skills and have lectured at national and international level.
Outside of work, you’ll find me with my two teenage sons or on a rugby pitch.
I’m an avid follower of the All Blacks and the Hurricanes (Wellington’s home team).
I particularly love to ski, but enjoy all sports in general.
I provide both NHS and private care in the independent sector.
What you can expect when you come to clinic
During our time together, I want to help by hearing what is troubling you, (for example, you might find it difficult to get your foot into the shoes you like, or that your toe is hurting you all the time). We’ll go through a full history taking process and then I’ll examine you, (which will involve moving your foot or ankle around, watching you walk etc.) You won’t need to wear anything special, but I will need to be able to see your foot, ankle, and possibly your knee, so come wearing whatever you are comfortable in. If you have shoes that are particularly uncomfortable for you to wear, it would be great to see those too.
I’ll talk with you about your problem, why I think it has occurred, what our next steps are (which may include sending you for an X-ray and MRI or Ultrasound), and what I think we will likely see from those tests. We’ll finish off by talking together about a plan that suits you, and we’ll probably meet again (a short while later), to discuss the results of the imaging or tests, and start the treatment process.
The treatment process can range from insole advice, injection treatment, through to an operation (where needed). I naturally favour a conservative approach, and surgery only when indicated.
I’m sometimes asked….
What’s the difference between an orthopaedic surgeon, a podiatric surgeon and a podiatrist?
An orthopaedic surgeon is a person who trained in medical school and specialises in the surgical management of all bones and joints of the entire body. Some have an interest in one body area. A podiatric surgeon also attends a university program in podiatric medicine (which involves study of the whole body) but is essentially trained from day one to focus on foot and ankle problems. They do a post-graduate degree and a Fellowship in Foot and Ankle surgery. Podiatrists also study podiatric medicine and may perform some minor surgery but tend to concentrate on the more ‘non-surgical’ methods of treatment. Podiatric and orthopaedic surgeons as well as podiatrists can all treat feet, in much the same way that physiotherapists and osteopaths both treat musculoskeletal problems.
So, you are a surgeon too?
Yes, I am a ‘podiatric’ surgeon. It is important to understand that I specialise in the foot and ankle only. We are not the same as medical practitioners. That means that I would not treat any other medical problems you might have (except in an emergency). It takes well over a decade of training to even become a podiatric surgeon, and I am highly experienced (with a Doctor of Medical Science Degree in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery). I have held the NHS title of ‘Consultant in Podiatric Surgery’ for over fourteen years and have carried out thousands of successful foot and ankle operations.
So, who should I see for my foot problem?
It might be that you come in contact with many practitioners who overlap in care of foot problems. The important thing to ensure is that they are not just qualified, but experienced and focused on foot and ankle problems.
The advantage of a seeing a podiatric surgeon, is that we are able to treat people using the skills of a podiatrist but also the skills gained through surgery. That is a unique skill set that not many clinicians can claim to have. It means that you get the best of both worlds. One of the major advantages is that podiatric surgeons really know the mechanics of the foot inside and out. That means that you can be treated by someone who doesn’t just know where the bones should be, but also how they should work with each other. That’s pretty important for a foot. My area of interest is with ‘hallux valgus’ (bunions) and how the surgical treatment affects the front of the foot. I am also interested in heel pain, which has to be one of the UK’s most common foot problems.