FAQs or Frequently asked questions


Welcome to my website. I am always looking for new ways to help readers whether from patients or those interested in practising foot health management. Please look through these FAQ’s. Hopefully, there will be an answer to most questions. 


If you cannot find the answer to your question?

If you cannot find the answer to your question??

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If the information cannot be found under frequently asked questions (FAQ) please write to me using the box at the bottom of this page

Contact e-mail addresses:

contact davidt@busypencilcase.com

I cannot find the information that I need?

I cannot find the information that I need?

If you are unable to find a factsheet or information sheet please check under the list first. This is the article called introduction to fact sheets. This also tells you what is planned. Send me a message using the contact heading at the top of the webpage. I have many factsheets and information that I have previously used and have not updated.  You can contact me at davidt@busypencilcase.com

Try looking through the content

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Can I make an appointment to see you to discuss a foot problem?

Can I make an appointment to see you?

As I am no longer in clinical practice so do not have a base to work from. However, I am still registered (HCPC) and a member and Fellow of the College of Podiatry.

You can use the College of Podiatry website to locate a practitioner in podiatry (https://www.scpod.org) The field of podiatry has many subspecialties and career prospects in both the NHS and Independent sector. A number of podiatrists work for branded groups. Podiatrists often practise in both sectors, mixing their working hours. All podiatrists must now be registered. Note Foot Health Practitioners are not registered under the HCPC and carry out the type of care which limits the wider scope of foot health practice. Always check your podiatrist is registered as patients are protected from poor practice and illegitimate activity.

  • General practice for foot health
  • Diabetic and higher risk care (NHS predominantly)
  • Arthritic care
  • Domiciliary care (home and retirement nursing homes)
  • Sports podiatry
  • Special interest in orthotic care and muscle-skeletal podiatry
  • Forensic podiatry
  • Podiatric surgery
  • Reflexology and homeopathic podiatry
  • Podiatric Research and education

Should you wish to ask some questions about your health, that is different and I may be able to help. You can write to me at myfootjourneys@mail.com

Check out the content on my website or bookstore

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Can I ask questions or seek your advice without seeing you?

Can I ask questions or seek your advice without seeing you?

Yes, I would be happy to try and help you and have done so with others since ceasing podiatric practice. Please set out your question using the response box on this website at the end of the article, or you can write to me at a special e-mail address called myfootjourneys@mail.com


  • I will respond as soon as I can but my primary purpose would be to share any discussion about treatment or past experience you may have had to help the public with articles, comments and testimonials.
  • In this way we can both benefit. There is no fee involved.
  • Your name cannot be used without your express permission so any material I share will be anonymised or a false name used.
  • Opinions about the quality of previous treatment cannot be provided and I do not give advice on medico-legal aspects of podiatry or orthopaedics.

Please sign-up to Footlocker to receive  information on foot health at consultingfootpain.co.uk mail drops are usually sent out about 4 times a year

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Do you give talks?

Do You Give Talks?

I am happy to give talks to both public and professional groups, branches of the College of Podiatry, students at a recognised school of podiatry, GPs and others. (picture-speaking at the University of Johannesburg in 2014)

Local, national and international talks

I have spoken regularly at conferences and provide talks to smaller groups such as GP practices, Women’s Institute for example and student meetings. Travelling widely I have spoken to groups of podiatrists in the USA, New Zealand, South Africa, Israel and Dublin, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Making an Impression

Most of us like feedback as this provides a useful learning curve, trying to improve the measure of communication so I have written a short post on feedback from my recent talks to offer some idea about the quality of delivery.  With over forty years of public speaking it is hoped that I can offer something of value to most audiences. The secret is to ensure the audience receive due worth. 

How to book me?

As a professional speaker fees do apply to pay for materials and local travelling costs. Whilst in the UK I will provide all the audio-visual equipment so expensive locations with tech support are not necessary. All organisers are responsible for booking the location. Please provide as much notice as possible. Where I am able to promote my publications, costs will be lower. 


  • I need to know numbers who are likely to attend
  • Broadly the subject matter of importance
  • Specific dates required
  • Venue and existing layout 

For international talks special arrangements apply so again do contact me as I do travel to South-East Asia and Australasia. 

Post Covid-19. It is now possible to consider the option of organised webinars

Please enquire through davidt@busypencilcase.com for more details.

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I am a student of podiatry in the UK. Can I contact you for advice?

I am a student of podiatry in the UK. Can I contact you for advice?

   It is always a pleasure to hear from students and I have a number from different universities who have signed up to receive my free articles. Check out the film here to help you further. Signing up is easy, just send me an e-mail: davidt@busypencilcase.com

It would be a delight to provide support where possible but do bear in mind as a communication company I do not offer writing services for course work. Podiatry is a great career and any help you wish I will try to provide especially as a newly qualified member of the profession. Communication and promotion are important elements of practice and many struggle to find the right balance, especially when setting out as an independent podiatrist. I will send you some back articles you may find helpful when you sign-up. 

Students from first to final year should indicate their head of school as they will not have a registration number. You can use university e-mails but be careful replies may go into spam. 

Use the box on this website or write to me at davidt@busypencilcase.com

Busypencilcase Communications Ltd believes in promoting the career of Podiatry

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How can I publish an article on your website?

How can I publish an article on your website?

Reflective Podiatric Practice is a regular news article produced by Busypencilcase Communications for podiatrists and free to registered UK practitioners

  • Learn to write with support from BPCC
  • Get an article into Footlocker or Clinician Portal
  • Promote your profession
  • Build your CPD publication profile 
  • Case histories, short articles of interest, and clinical studies and comment all welcome
  • Summaries from formal publications
  • Marked work from college courses


While most journals require formal application on-line you only have to send an attached file to one person. The formality of the publication does not have to be in heavy academic style but this does not detract from publishing those with enhanced quality. Formal research should be submitted to JFAR, Podiatry Now, The Foot, and other journals for wider recognition, but once accepted you can send in an abstract or summary or even material related to the article. Establish your academic base and promote yourself through subsidiary publications.

Reflective Podiatric Practice

I publish regularly and feature Reflective Podiatric Practice.The aim is to encourage writing skills and promote podiatry to the public and other professions. Reflective Podiatric Practice is only available to UK registered podiatrists but sponsored international podiatrists are welcome to apply and we have sign ups from Australia, USA, Hong Kong and Israel.

Sign-up and submit to davidt@busypencilcase.com

Articles and posts

Why not write a blog styled post for Footlocker on your experience and even promote your practice. Now that’s a good deal! Alternatively, write a post /article for Clinician Portal. Articles and posts are published on Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so the coverage is wider.

How to

Just send in a word document as a plain page without columns. Anything from 500 – 4500 words can be published in a single article.  Include references where you can and separate pictures as jpeg files and you will have a draft to check all catalogued for publication under the Busypencilcase Communications banner. Circulation grows regularly and you can use you publication of evidence. 

Examples of referencing

  1. Greenfield J, Rea, J, Ilfield FW. Morton’s Interdigital neuroma: indications for treatment by local injections versus surgery. Clin Orthop Rel Res. pp142-144, 1984
  2. Read, TF, Motto SG Tendo achilles pain: steroid and outcome. Br. J Sp Med 26,1 pp15-17, 1992
  3. Mahler, F, Fritsky, D. Partial and complete ruptures of the achilles tendon and local corticosteroid injections. Br. J Sp Med 26,1 pp7-13, 1992
  4. Ohira T, Isikawa K, Kumato, S. Hydroxyapatite deposition in articular cartilage by intraarticular injections of methylprednisolone. J Bone & Joint Surg. 68-A, 4:509-510. 1986
  5. Shoemaker RS, Bertone AL, Martin GS, McIlwraith, CW, Roberts, ED, Pechman, R, Kearney MT. Effects of intraarticular administration of methylprednisolone acetate on normal articular cartilage and on healing of experimentally induced osteochondral defects in horses. Am. J. Vet. Res. 53,8, pp1446-1453, 1992

Submit an article to ConsultingFootPain published by Busypencilcase Communications Ltd


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I am not confident and want help with writing. Can you offer assistance?

I am not confident and want help with writing.

Can you offer assistance?

At Busypencilcase Communications Ltd I take a broad view about publishing and wish to promote all abilities no matter how experienced or inexperienced.

Podiatrists and Patients

Writing is a wonderful craft to learn and enjoy, so flesh out your ideas and just ping an e-mail to me contact davidt@busypencilcase.com. if you write on facebook or twitter or other social platforms then you are already on your way. 


If you are a podiatrist you can publish an ordinary article or use the Reflective Podiatric Practice newsfeed which is a little more formal.  Presently I am helping people write promotional material for their practice.Promote your practice with a blog or ask for advice how to produce a personalised information leaflet  


If you are a patient then Footlocker is your site where you can write and share your own patient journeys. write to contact@consultingfootpain.co.uk or myfootjourneys@mail.com.  

Send for my free guide on writing a patient journey. Read the short article under Footlocker Publications




What is Footlocker?

What is Footlocker?

Footlocker (click for video) is a platform for regular articles and factsheets for everyone to access freely. Although I  write most of these myself, patients and podiatrists can contribute and I am happy to publish stories or thoughts from other sources. I try to publish different material each month about podiatry, the healthcare system, patient’s experiences and indeed my own experience as a patient. You can select Clinician Portal as well and check out past publications where the style is more academic in nature.

You too can share in writing.


Sign up to stay ahead with my regular newsfeed by signing-up. You can also write to me at myfootjourneys@mail.com

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What is Clinician Portal?

What is Clinician Portal

Clinician portal is the sister platform to Footlocker and provides regular articles and is a second source of Newsfeed and free to access (click for video). I publish different material each month about foot health and podiatry, general health and fitness as well as delving into the areas of formal material that could still be of interest to the layman as well as clinical colleagues. Please note the video suggests you need to provide your registration number. As of August 2020 any person can apply to sign-up and receive the newsfeed for clinician portal as this is no longer closed access.

The writing may be of greater complexity. My publication lists are available, and reflective podiatric practice many can be downloaded directly by clicking on the links. Contact me at davidt@busypencilcase.com


You can share in writing so do look at other FAQs to find out more

Please sign up to stay ahead with the regular newsfeed for podiatrists and receive regular articles called Reflective Podiatric Practice, launched March 2018. 

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What and who is ConsultingFootPain and how did it come about?


What and who is consulting foot pain and how did it come about?

David Tollafield podiatrist, author and public speaker, director of Busypencilcase Communications Ltd


ConsultingFootPain was established in 2010 as part of Podiatric Surgical Services and is a brand name under my publishing communications company Busypencilcase Communications Ltd established in 2015. 

My upgraded website took off with the development of the same name. While the original site went live in 2013 and was designed to provide self-help and information for patients,  I updated the website in 2018. All previous content was removed as this was no longer a clinical based website. Although some factsheets do exist from my clinical consulting days, for the most part I now recommend and use factsheets from sources where foot specialists are in current practice. I have written two substantial books on Morton’s neuroma and Bunions with patient support and these are available from Amazon or my bookstore

ConsultingFootPain is a non-clinical based product which carries on the tradition of clinical non-fictional writing. During 2017-18 I launched my first patient clinical book on Morton’s Neuroma having had foot surgery and added to this in 2019 with Bunion. Hallux Valgus. Behind the scenes. 

A bit more about the author

I am a patient advocate as well as a former consultant in the field of podiatric surgery, but now author and journalist for foot health matters. I qualified in 1978 as a chiropodist and became a podiatrist in 1980 and gained my fellowship in 1986 to perform surgery. Following a 10 year career in full time teaching as a senior lecturer in Northampton, I was awarded my consultancy in 1995 in podiatric surgery. I established three healthcare units in the West Midlands dedicated to foot surgery as well as three independent practices at well-known hospitals. I retired from clinical practice in 2018 and continue working closely with podiatry organisations and provide national and international talks and running BPCC Ltd.

David R Tollafield MSc, FCPodS, BSc(hons), DPodM

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Who is Busypencilcase Reflective Communications?

Busypencilcase Communications Ltd

Busypencilcase Reflective Communications provides support to ConsultingFootPain as a non-fictional branch together with a fictional side for short stories and novels. Regular articles are published each month. You can follow me on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.



How did BPCC Ltd come about?

In 2012 I wrote a children’s book called The Story of Crystal Rouge about a ‘biro’ pen which was originally published as an e-book, soft and hardcover (under Xlibris). Designed originally from our first grand-daughter it was finished seven years later, rather too late for her teenage years. Fortunately, I had another seven-year-old granddaughter by the time I completed and we worked on the final copy together which she took to her local primary school. The story was developed from my old grey pencil case which had a host of pens, pencils and featured as the pencil case in the book. It was just a question of considering the uniqueness of the pencil case in the development of my company’s name. Communications can just as easily arise from the basic products of writing as it can from a computer so that was it and me… …oh yes, the author Rob C Blyth. Well, Rob is my middle name and Blyth my family name on our maternal side. Grandad fought in the First World War between 1916-18 and so it seemed fitting as a tribute to include both family names in my writing especially as this happened during the Great War Centenary.

The book shown below is only available from Busypencilcase Reflective Communications and is limited in stock and only in paperback since September 2020. Please write to busypencilcase_rcb@yahoo.com to request a copy. 


More books by David R Tollafield are in the pipeline so watch out for more information. 


Thanks for reading about me. David  from BPCC Ltd    

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Myfootjourneys is a concept that I followed after having my own foot surgery (2016). Not only did I find this helpful for natural recall of each stage I passed through but it helped me as a consultant treating the foot. The value I found was when sharing this with patients. It became clear that while patients do keep diaries, logs or blogs and some vlogs (video logs), the foot remains somewhat of less interest. 

We can learn so much from our patients and indeed as someone much older with those creaks and groans, I can share my ageing disabilities with my audience. I would encourage patients and colleagues to keep a progress chart as so much can be learned. Click onto writing diaries.

At the end of the day I turned my log and diary into a publication in 2017 and continued with another publication in 2019. If you too want to contribute please do contact me.  Help make our strap line come true:

Progress through the Art of Communication

You can write to my dedicated e-mail for patient journeys mypatientjourneys@mail.com with your story. Make sure you check any responses do not go into your spam box.    


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Beta reader

Why not become a beta reader?

A chance to review material early on in its development and become part of my writing design.

Receive free books.

If you would like to know more about working as a beta reader then download my information sheet (Click here) .

There is no financial remuneration.

If you are interested in becoming a beta reader download my latest version 4.0 2020 (not shown in the picture)  and see if this is for you.


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