Podiatry Expert Witness

We provide podiatry expert witnesses and court reports

What is a podiatry expert witness?

Podiatry is concerned with conditions of the feet and lower legs, including a range of mobility issues, pain, and infections. Depending on experience and training, the range of skills utilised by podiatrists can include prescribing certain medications, injection therapy and non-invasive surgery, for example performing partial or total nail resection and removal. Some conditions may require more   invasive bone and joint surgery, which can be performed by a podiatric surgeon.

Podiatrists often work with people affected by:

  • Diabetes and associated circulation problems
  • People with stress injuries of the feet (for example, dancers)
  • Children with lower limb pain or problems walking
  • Sports injuries

How specialist is a podiatry expert?

The most common training path into podiatry is via a three-year undergraduate degree. However, some podiatrists may have completed a master’s degree or an apprenticeship.

Once qualified, podiatrists must join the Health and Care Professions Council. Many podiatrists choose to specialise in a particular area such as sports injuries, paediatrics, or diabetic care.

Some podiatrists choose to continue training to become a podiatric surgeon. Podiatric surgery is the highly skilled surgical management of the bones, joints and soft tissues of the foot and associated structures.

Why might you need to instruct an podiatry expert witness?

Podiatry expert witnesses can be instructed in a variety of cases in both civil and criminal proceedings. This may include cases of clinical negligence and personal injury. Some podiatrists are particularly experienced in forensic podiatry and may be asked to give an opinion in criminal cases, for example by reviewing CCTV footage and analysing footwear.

An example of a case requiring expert evidence from a podiatrist would be if a client has undergone podiatric surgery for correction of hallux valgus (bunion) and has suffered avoidable complications as a result. Complications of bunion surgery can include chronic residual pain, amputation of toes, infection, and gait pathology. This can subsequently result in significant disruption to an individual’s day to day life and employment.

Other incidences where an expert in podiatry may be instructed include:

  • Biomechanics and gait analysis
  • Pathomechanics (the mechanics of misplaced or damaged bones or tendons)
  • Joint replacement / fusion 
  • Arthritis
  • Neuroma
  • Orthoses
  • Diabetic complications
  • Sports injuries
  • Occupational, personal, and industrial injury
  • Complications after foot surgery including continued pain, recurrence of deformity and amputation. 
  • Clinical negligence and breach of duty
  • Gait analysis after injury
  • Analysis of CCTV and footwear in criminal cases

What experts does Expert Court Reports have?

We have a highly experienced and well-respected podiatry expert witness on our panel, Mr Ben Boshell. Mr Boshell is highly experienced in a wide array of areas in podiatry including diabetic footcare, biomechanics, musculoskeletal assessments, and podiatric surgery. Mr Boshell has previously worked in podiatric surgery based at St James’ Hospital, Portsmouth. He has also worked as part of an NHS diabetes and podiatric surgery team at Buxton Hospital.

Mr Boshell has completed the Cardiff University Bond Solon Expert Witness Certificate training and has experience in medico-legal work relating to personal injury and medical negligence.

Why use Expert Court Reports?

A good podiatry expert witness should come with years of clinical experience as well as specific competencies to act as an expert witness.  Look for someone who has established expert witness experience.  Our podiatry expert, Mr Ben Boshell, has many years of clinical practice and established experience of acting as expert witnesses.

How quickly a report be provided?

At Expert Court Reports Ltd, we understand the pressures of the legal profession.  We recognise that litigation is subject to defined timescales and for this reason, we will be as flexible and accommodating as we are able to be.  However, we pride ourselves on not promising work that cannot be reliably delivered within a given timescale.  The quality of the evidence which is provided by our experts is subject to review and scrutiny.  All expert reports are subject to a detailed and robust proofreading process to ensure that our expert evidence is accurate and expertly formatted.

Instructing a podiatry expert witness

If you would like to find out more about how our podiatry expert witnesses could assist you, please call us on 01865 587865, email office@expertcourtreports.co.uk, or request a quote by completing our online form. 

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