Delivering expert care for people with foot & ankle problems across the West Midlands, Warwickshire and London.
Mark worked as a Clinical Specialist for the University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust from 1996-2010. UHBFT is one of the largest regional trauma units in the UK and covers both civilian and military injury.
Mark was Clinical Lead for Podiatry at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham from 1998-2011. This service focussed on the musculoskeletal and mechanical overuse conditions associated with varying activities. The role also involved dealing with post operative foot and ankle complications following surgery and also a paediatric caseload and these specialist areas form the key conditons Mark sees at the BMI Priory Hospital in Birmingham and the Warwickshire Nuffield Hospital at Leamington Spa.
In addition to the trauma and musculoskeletal group of patients Mark is also involved extensively in sport related injury. Running related injuries form a large part of the workload seen across the various clinical sites in the West Midlands and London, working in private hospitals and two private Physiotherapy units in Stratford on Avon (Tudor Physiotherapy) and Kenilworth (Halo Physiotherapy).
Mark's London base is at Pure Sports Medicine in Kensington, West London which provides treatment for sports people at all levels and is a high performance unit designed to return the athlete or sports person back to their chosen activity in the optimum time frame.
Mark works in professional football and is part of a Championship level medical team. Mark also works on a consultancy basis for both domestic and international level teams and provides input onto the Exercise and Sports Medicine Masters Football module at St Georges Park in Burton. This is a course for those involved with, or looking to be involved in professional football, for both mens and ladies teams.
The experiences gained across these speciality areas allows Mark to provide an effective assessment, diagnostic and structured management plan across all demographic groups for the whole spectrum of foot and ankle problems for those based in Birmingham, Warwickshire and London.
Outside of Podiatric Rx
Mark continues to remain active with both running and cycling commitments and has completed a number of half marathons over the last few years with his quickest time of 1 hour, 30 mins and 54 secs at the Stratford half marathon and a number of sub 40 minute 10km times.
As a cyclist he has completed many of the european sportives such as the Etape de Tour and the Marmotte in a gold medal time for his age group. Mark represented Great Britain at the UCI World Amateur Road Race in Italy in 2018.
The combination of his clinical experience and own interest in sports provides an ideal approach to the injured athlete and sports person and also working within professional sports environments provides an holistic view of what can be achieved with a structured approach to injury management.
The underlying basis for Marks intervention is the structure and function at a foot and ankle level and this can provide the foundation for effective management for a wide spectrum of lower limb problems.
Mark was Head of Research and Development for one of the largest orthotic manufacturers in Europe and is actively engaged in research across a number of academic institutions looking at footwear design and bespoke ankle bracing in dealing with clinical pathology. He also provides the Podiatry input to the Masters Physiotherapy program at the University of Birmingham.
Ethos of Podiatric Rx
Mark Gallagher established Podiatric Rx following his career in the NHS and works across a number of sites based in Birmingham, Warwickshire and London with distinct sub specialties. The main type of work is focused on joint and soft tissue problems in association with mechanical pathology mainly at a foot and ankle level.
Mark has always worked in multidisciplinary (MD) settings and this has enabled him to understand how collaborative working provides the most effective outcome for his patient groups.
These MD relationships cover the key players in musculoskeletal (MSK) cases such as Physiotherapists / Sports Doctors / Orthopaedic Surgeons / Radiologists / GP’s / Chiropractors / Osteopaths / Strength & Conditioning teams and Soft Tissue Therapists.
The ability to communicate openly with those involved in the care pathways are instrumental in optimising the end results for his patients and the process of understanding and learning from other disciplines makes clinical practice exciting and rewarding.
Mark has an established reputation and proven track record in musculoskeletal medicine and management of common and complex lower limb injury. The fundamental foundations of clinical assessment skills alongside advanced clinical reasoning are the foundations of his practice and understanding the needs of the athletic and non athletic populations crucial in obtaining the optimum outcome for the wide range of problems that Mark is involved with.