Alan Phelan BSc (Hons) MSc DPodM PgCTHE FCPodS FHEA MChS

Independent Consultant Podiatrist & Lecturer in Podiatry

Profile

Alan is a HCPC registered Podiatrist with over 25 years’ experience as a clinician in foot and ankle care having worked in the NHS, independent practice and in podiatry education.

He is highly experienced at assessing and treating all foot and ankle problems and can provide assessment, advice and treatment ranging from general foot care through to musculoskeletal pains and deformities and minor surgery.

He is a visiting and consulting Podiatrist to several podiatry centres and has experience in general podiatry, musculoskeletal podiatry, minor surgery, podiatric surgery, diagnostic imaging, sports podiatry, personal injury and insurance assessments.

Alan can offer help with many common foot and ankle problems including ingrown and problem toe nails, foot and ankle pains, verrucae, painful joints, walking problems etc.

He specialises in providing treatments such as minor surgery for nail and skin problems, cryosurgery, needling for verrucae and is highly experienced in providing treatments under local anaesthesia to minimise pain and discomfort. Alan can offer a range of injection therapies for painful joints and feet and a range of conservative treatments such as taping, insoles and orthoses for foot pains and walking problems.

Alan is also a keen and experienced clinical educator with a strong background in providing podiatry teaching, training, cpd and mentoring for colleagues and students.

He holds registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and annotation in the use of local anaesthesia and prescription only medicines. He holds a Fellowship in Surgery of the College of Podiatrists, a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and is a member of the Society of Chiropodists & Podiatrists.

Background

A graduate of the now Wales Centre for Podiatric Studies in Cardiff, Alan also holds a degree in Podiatric Medicine from the University of Westminster, a first class honours degree from the University of Glamorgan  and a Masters degree in Musculoskeletal Studies of the Lower Limb.

Alan is also a qualified Podiatric Surgeon having gained his Fellowship in Surgery 18 years ago, enabling him to advise on and surgically treat a range of foot problems.

Past appointments have seen Alan as an honorary Consultant Podiatrist within the NHS in Wales, a Specialist Registrar in Podiatric Surgery in several NHS trusts in England and an Independent Podiatrist and Podiatric Surgeon in several clinical centres in Wales and England.

More recently Alan has been a university Lecturer in Podiatry, providing academic and clinical education and training for podiatry students. His responsibilities included being Clinical Lead for the Wales Centre for Podiatric Studies and Admissions Tutor, Placements Tutor and Final Year Tutor for the undergraduate podiatry programme. His key teaching responsibilities included surgery, local anaesthesia, pharmacology, diagnostic imaging, clinical therapies and advanced & complex podiatric medicine.

Involvement in all aspects of promoting the podiatry profession has seen Alan as a past and current Chairman of the South East Wales Branch of the Society of Chiropodists & Podiatrists and representing his profession and region at both local and national level.