Podiatrist HCPC registered
Mark was educated in Crewe before studying Podiatric Medicine at the Northern College of Chiropody Salford, graduating in 1989. In addition to being a senior partner in the practice, Mark has worked part-time for many years within the local NHS Podiatry Department.
In 1991, Mark was appointed by the local NHS Community Trust to set up a Nail Surgery Unit which specialised in the surgical treatment of ingrowing & traumatised toenails, a position he held for 12 years. During that time he undertook many thousands of surgical procedures for ingrowing toenails developing considerable proficiency in this field.
Being passionate about Podiatric dermatology, Mark is a member of the British Nursing Dermatology Group and attends the Primary Care Dermatology Society (PCDS) seminars. He is a proponent of Dermoscopy and is proficient in its use.
(Dermoscopy is an illuminated magnifying device that allows the practitioner to see small atypical features of potentially sinister skin lesions that can not be seen by the naked eye; thus it has the potential of contributing to early detection and treatment for such lesions).
Mark works alongside our Sonographers undertaking Ultrasound-guided corticosteroid injections into a variety of musculoskeletal foot pathologies including Plantar Fasciitis, Mortons Neuroma, degenerative Osteoarthritic joints, and Capsulitis.
Mark was amongst the first Podiatrists in the UK to embrace the Multiple Puncture/ Needling technique for the treatment of large surface area and multiple verrucae.
Additionally, Mark has run our Cryotherapy clinics for over thirty years, treating thousands of hand warts & verrucae each year.
Since investing in a Class 4 Nd YAG 1064 Laser, Mark is one of only a handful of Podiatrists in the UK who can treat warts and verrucae with medical Lasers. Mark will often combine the use of this ‘hot laser’ with Curettage when undertaking minor skin surgery on warts & verrucae.
Mark also utilises Photoplethysmography (PPG) equipment which enables him to undertake a Toe Brachial Pressure Index (TBPI) as part of his Diabetic (and non Diabetic) Vascular testing. TBI will provide a reliable indication of any significant narrowing in leg arteries that is likely to deprive the foot of a good blood supply. PPG & TBPI are the ‘gold standard’ of community-based vascular testing (excluding hospital-based Coloured Duplex Sonography and Angiography).
Additionally, Mark uses Doppler to listen to the sound patterns of blood flow within foot arteries, which also provides a reliable indication of compromised circulation.
Being Prescription only Medicines (PoMs) registered, Mark can dispense to patients a limited variety of prescription-only medications, including antibiotics.
Mark has been the club Podiatrist for Crewe Alexandra since 1995. Mark is in attendance at the practice every weekday.