Mr Barry Ernest Francis

Consultant Podiatric Surgeon


Year qualified:1964


Personal profile

Mr Francis qualified at The London Foot Hospital.  He spent the early years of practice in both the NHS and Private Sector.  Post graduate training was carried out mostly in the UK but for a short period in the US. Upon completion of this, together with a small group of colleagues, The Podiatric Association was founded.  This promoted clinical foot biomechanics and surgery utilising the local anaesthetic skills that this group had recently introduced to the profession.

Mr Francis achieved Fellowship of The Podiatric Association in 1971.  He went on to obtain his consultancy in Podiatric Surgery within the NHS at Charing Cross Hospital (Hammersmith & Fulham), where he established The Department of Podiatric Surgery.  His consultancy work was extended into the Herts. & Essex Hospital, Bishops Stortford, where he is still in practice. 

Clinically his work includes most problems of the foot and ankle with an emphasis on forefoot surgery.  Mr Francis had the privilege of working alongside Dr Lowell Scott Weil, a leading light in Podiatric Surgery, and an advocate of the scarf procedure and whose other work includes the development of the Weil Osteotomy.

Mr Francis was appointed in 1984 and 1988 as the first podiatrist to the British Olympic Medical Team and travelled with the team to Los Angeles and Seoul, working closely alongside the leading athletes at those games.  He also attended in the same capacity the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.  He was also for a while associated with the British Lawn Tennis Association as consultant. 

Mr Francis was a Member of The Ruling Council of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists for 12 years and chaired the Professional Conduct Committee.  He is currently a Member of the Faculty of the Board of Podiatric Surgeons.  He continues to work in both the private and NHS sector.

Clinical Interests

  • Correction and management of all foot problems but I have a particular interest in problems of the forefoot including hallux valgus (bunion) and hallux rigidus (stiff toe) as well as stabilisation of the arches. I aim to mobilise my patients as quickly as possible. Treatments for hallux rigidus include not only implants but also resurfacing procedures for worn joints.

  • I carry out procedures to stabilise flexible flat foot, utilising titanium stents.  In addition to my surgical practice I also address biomechanical aspects and prescribe orthoses and other treatments including a range of injection therapies. In all of my surgery, in addition to addressing my patients problems, I try to give the best cosmetic result.

Professional Membership

  • Member of the Health Professions Council

  • Member of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists

  • Fellow of the Faculties of Podiatric Surgery and Medicine of the College of Podiatrists

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