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Mr Mark Gallaghar

Consultant Podiatrist

Practices at: Circle Rehabilitation Birmingham, BMI The Priory Hospital

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Mr Mark Gallagher is a Consultant Podiatrist specialising in musculoskeletal injury to the lower limb and the foot and ankle specifically.

He worked for over 15 years in a regional civilian and military trauma unit based in Birmingham which allowed him to develop his musculoskeletal and trauma specialities in his role as clinical lead as well as providing expect mechanical interventions for a vast array of neurological conditions that affect the foot and ankle. 

Mark has always worked in a multidisciplinary (MD) setting and this has enabled him to understand how collaborative working provides the most effective outcome for respective patient groups.

He believes that the ability to communicate openly with those involved in the care pathways are instrumental in optimising the end results for his patients and the process of understanding and learning from other disciplines makes clinical practice exciting and rewarding.

Mark continues to work in elite sport, predominantly in football and netball and works at both a domestic and national level within these sports groups for both senior men's and women's teams as well as children and young adults.

Running injuries make up the largest percentage of Mark's caseload of sports population and understanding the structure of a running program is fundamental in returning a runner back to activity. Mark's experience of working with sporting populations has provided a framework of management options that covers mechanical predisposition, footwear selection and structured running programs in both male and female groups and also how these concepts apply to developing youngsters.

The facilities at Circle provide an environment for detailed gait analysis for movement disorders in all patient populations such as sports injury, trauma and neurological disorders.

The common neurological conditions Mark sees within his clinical practice include traumatic brain injury, foot drop, Cerebral Palsy, Charcot Marie Tooth, Spina Bifida and muscular dystrophies that affect the lower limb. The type of interventions provided within Mark’s practice includes the design and manufacturing of foot orthoses and more complex ankle-foot orthoses alongside footwear strategies to optimise foot and leg function and reduce mechanical pain linked to injury or disease.

Mark’s involvement with lower limb trauma has provided him with extensive experience in mapping out current and future orthotic & footwear needs / expert opinion on clinical negligence / Joint case reports / working with both claimant and defendant based on instructions.

Trauma: dealing with polytrauma patients with lower limb involvement and optimising their mechanical function with interventions such as footwear strategies/foot level orthoses/ankle-foot orthoses/gait re-education/rehabilitation programs.

Musculoskeletal injury: different sports populations including running/cycling/football and netball at both a domestic and national level standard with interventions such as footwear strategies/foot level orthoses/ankle-foot orthoses/return to play protocols/rehabilitation programs.

Neurological: working with patients with brain injury (acquired) / Cerebral Palsy / Charcot Marie Tooth / Spina Bifida / Muscular Dystrophies with interventions such as footwear strategies/foot level orthoses/ankle-foot orthoses/gait re-education/rehabilitation programs.

Ankle foot orthoses management post spinal injury/surgery and foot drop interventions.

Inflammatory Joint Disease: working with patients with an active and chronic inflammatory joint disease with interventions such as footwear strategies/foot level orthoses/ankle-foot orthoses/gait re-education/rehabilitation programs.

Foot Pain, including:

  • Plantar fasciitis / Heel Pain
  • Foot fractures 
  • Foot stress fractures 
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Sesamoiditis
  • Mortons Neuroma
  • Bunions

Ankle Pain, including:

  • Achilles tendon issues 
  • Medial flexor pain
  • Tibialis posterior tendinopathy 
  • Peroneal tendinopathy
  • Calf injury 
  • Recurrent calf strain

Knee Pain, including:

  • Patella femoral pain (kneecap pain) 
  • Degenerative knee joint
  • Patella tendon pain

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