About the author and Consulting Foot Pain

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Is about the author and Consulting Foot Pain. The site was created as part of David’s clinical practice in 2013. He established Footlocker shortly afterwards. This provided fact sheets for his patients. Clinician Portal was added to share technical information with professional colleagues, including medical personnel, and included published papers.

David has written professionally since leaving college in 1978. His [publications] have appeared in a wide range of journals. In 1995 and 1997, he published two podiatric medical texts with co-author Linda Merriman whilst both were on the teaching faculty at Nene College, now Northampton University. At the time, these texts were advanced and departed in a direction from previous texts introducing more practical experience with a number of co-authors. 

Past performance

He worked as a Consultant Podiatric Surgeon from 1995 in the West Midlands and retired to write full-time in 2018. David has worked in education, the NHS and independent sectors. He ran an orthotic laboratory together with his wife between 1981-1985  before going into teaching full-time.


David developed the current PASCOM-10 audit system the College of Podiatry used with Gavin Rudge in 1986.  Whilst working in Northampton (1992-3) as part of a funded research project, he developed one of the earliest sustainable audits on foot surgery which was adopted by the College of Podiatry in 2000 and is still active today. He has lectured in UK Universities and many locations worldwide.

He won two awards to study in the USA in 1981 and passed his surgical fellowship in 1986 (FCPodS). He took his degree in Human Movement in 1988 and gained his Master’s in Podiatric Surgery as a mature student in 2016, taking the view he needed to be as well qualified on paper as the students he had tutored for fellowship.

In 2012-14 he became Dean of the Faculty of Podiatric Surgery, College of Podiatry (London) and was awarded a Fellowship in Podiatric Medicine (FCPM) in 2013. He was been an affiliate of University of Huddersfield until 2024.

He publishes regular articles on his website www.consultingfootpain.co.uk . To date, he has published 12 books [Bookstore] for health professionals, lay readers and fictional works. Austin Macauley published his autobiography,  ‘Podiatrist on A Mission’ in March 2021. He also works with the Institute of Podiatrists and has written two books for them and supported their Foot Health Practitioner course with “An Introduction to the Adult Foot” and “The Foot. A Professional Companion”.

David is a professional speaker, a keen amateur Thespian and sings with Acapella. He is married with four grown children and five grandchildren. 


Published by Busypencilcase Reflective Communications Est. 2015
Updated 5 May 2024

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