‘Footlocker Publications’

Welcome to ‘Footlocker Publications’.

Footlocker has been running since 2014. My first post was about Jo, a patient of mine who I had operated on for a bunion. These posts are articles and provide light touch comment about foot health directed at lay readers. As with all these publications, the idea is to make material available to patients freely from the pen of a former podiatric (foot) surgeon. Articles are updated where necessary and may not have the original date of publication. Click onto the links overlying the subject material. if you have a burning question why not write to me and maybe I can write something for you?

Published 2018



Why should we look after our feet?
Launching my new website
My first healthcare post (article)
Jo’s Journey experience from surgery
Writing a patient diary

Factsheets, general information and conditions:


Patient Feedback on Bunions with surgery bias
The Bunion Hallux Valgus No.1
Stiff toe joint pain No.3
Bunion surgery the best age?
Introduction to fact sheets
What should you ask from a fact sheet?
Winter is coming again!
What do rams and rhinos have in common with feet

Footwear series:


Sandal crazy this summer
Old shoe, new shoe
Footwear can be tricky
Acupressure points on insoles. Another choice for foot pain

Special articles

Feet and The Great War issue November 2018

Articles for 2019


The Ingrowing Toe Nail

“It is a matter of record that surgeon chiropodist Lewis Durlacher treated the Royals. In fact, in his own account, he treated George IV for an ingrowing toe nail which predates Queen Victoria’s ascension to the throne in 1937. Durlacher died in 1864 and worked in London contributing to the management of this painful nail problem at the London Hospital.”

Why do you want to know that?

“Podiatry as a foot health service has moved on since the sixties and now aligns itself with medical health services. The profession still emerges from a vocational subject, meaning we study and can practise our skills together with a first degree. Contrast this with subjects which provide learning skills but do not have a specific end ‘trade or profession’. Podiatry is attractive because it is a doing profession and part of the training is hands-on which makes it all the more relevant.”

Thanks for reading ‘Footlocker Publications’  by David Tollafield.