At The London Foot and Ankle Clinic we aim to deliver the best orthopaedic foot and ankle treatment. Please read some of our patient experiences to help you understand the service we provide.
15 May, 2018
"Follow-on to my post of 17th October 2017
In February this year, and after we had discussed and eliminated other options together over a period of time, Ahmad Malik performed a calcaneocuboid fusion procedure for me. On the day of the operation he spent time with my wife, young daughter and myself to describe the process, the recovery and any potential risks, and to answer any questions we still had.
The procedure went faultlessly, and there is barely a mark to be seen, in spite of this being a reasonably significant operation. Although ultimate full recovery is still a month or two away, I am ahead of the schedule originally predicted, and the underlying pain experienced prior to surgery seems to have gone. The discomfort associated with regaining full mobility has also been relatively minor, all things considered.
Ahmad's meticulous attention to detail in every aspect has played a major role in this, from the quality of his work, through to the specific guidance on appropriate activity immediately post-operation. He has a network of contacts for assisting with rehabilitation exercises, and has even taken the trouble to recommend specific footwear and where to source it, based on what I want to do as I return to full fitness.
For anyone considering this, or a similar procedure, I would like to stress one word - "care". It is a deceptively short word, but to me encapsulates everything about Ahmad and the way he works. He has a rare sincerity and a genuine passion for ensuring that the person he is looking after is supported in every way. Throughout the build-up to the operation, immediately after and even now, he is in regular contact to make sure everything is progressing as it should.
One should never lose sight of the fact that any surgical procedure carries inherent risk. Beyond that, a successful outcome is a case of entering into a two-way partnership based on trust. I can think of nobody I else I would trust more."
19 April, 2018
"I underwent surgery for a 1st MTP Joint Fusion on my right foot on 16th February 2018. I was admitted to the Chiltern Hospital as a Day Patient.
Prior to this I had visited Mr. Malik several times; he ensured I was given all information I needed to know in order to make a decision whether or not to have the operation. He was extremely patient and was able to explain in ‘layman’s’ terms what the operation would entail and the likely immediate symptoms and longer term considerations and now, 8 weeks after the operation I can confirm that he was right on the ball.
On the day of the surgery Mr. Malik came to see me and again explained the procedure and asked me whether I had any questions. His extensive knowledge alongside his personable and agreeable approach really put me at ease and I felt I was in safe hands.
Mr. Malik visited me again after the operation and reiterated instructions for when I returned home. I was prescribed pain killers and surgical stockings which I had to wear (bear) overnight due to a previous DVT. It was difficult, at first, to negotiate essential daily tasks on ‘one leg’ however, a friend had organised a ‘Stride-On’ for me and I had purchased a shower stool which I would highly recommend for anybody having this surgery – after a few days I was whizzing around on the ‘Stride On’ and putting no pressure at all on my foot. Mr. Malik prescribed Codeine to manage the pain and told me that I could also take Paracetamol however, after a couple of days I stopped taking the Paracetamol and after 6 days stopped taking the Codeine.
For a successful recovery it is important to follow Mr. Malik’s instructions; being an active person I did struggle mentally with having to sit my foot elevated for 2 weeks however, I did as I was told and was extremely pleased to see how well my foot had healed two weeks later, on 06th March when the dressings were taken off. At this appointment Mr. Malik instructed me to keep my foot elevated the majority of the time and not to weight bear for at least another 4 weeks – again, the ‘Stride On’ helped me to manage some of the small tasks I felt more ‘up to’. I was always careful not to over-do it, I did not want to hamper my recovery in any way. I didn’t get on at all with the crutches, my balance is shot away.
I returned to Mr. Malik on 09th April in trainers having been weight bearing for about a week. My foot and toe were still a little swollen but the scar had completely healed and I was in no pain at all. Mr. Malik was also pleased with my recovery.
I am so pleased with the outcome of this operation and can absolutely recommend Mr. Malik to anybody who is considering this surgery or any other foot/ankle surgery who is able to access his services."
10 April, 2018
"I had heard people say how painful it was to have a bunion corrected - not for me! From my first meeting with Mr Malik he put me totally at ease with his calm and reassuring manner. He explained clearly what the surgery would entail and what I should expect during my recovery. I followed his instructions to the letter and can honestly say I had no pain whatsoever. However, the first couple of weeks were a challenge having to keep my foot elevated 95% of the time but with forward planning (lots of meals in the freezer), good books to read and a very patient husband I got through it - you soon get into a routine. I even came to enjoy the enforced rest and gave myself the time to recover. I'm delighted with the result and love my new foot. Mr Malik and his team were brilliant and I cannot thank them enough."
23 October, 2017
"The Surgeon cut me down to Size but their kindness was no surprise. A pain free op does amaze but to you I give all my praise. Bunion (hallux valgus) is a name to regret but my foot will be given more respect. my mother was in despair years ago saying "i have given you a very good toe". My father provided a seat on the stairs with mother's raised feet bed in early days. Thank you for everything."
18 October, 2017
"As the son of a consultant physician, I was brought up to understand that a significant part of a patient's successful recovery takes place "between the ears". My father taught me that a good doctor manages that particular space clearly and factually, yet sympathetically, blending professionalism with empathy.
Ahmad Malik is a consultant my late father would very much have approved of. His face-to-face explanations have been clear and positive, yet realistic. Post-consultation he has responded fully to my emails, and even took it upon himself to phone me in his own time in order to clarify the treatment options open to me with my wife.
Somewhat to my (pleasant) surprise, the initial recommendation was for treatment by way of image guided injection, rather than surgery, and this has worked wonders to date. Will this prove to be a permanent resolution? Time will tell. If not, will surgery provide the permanent "fix"? Who knows… There are no certainties, but I have every confidence that the very best outcome that is possible will be achieved under Mr Malik's care and guidance.
I would wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone requiring specialist ankle / foot diagnosis and treatment."
Orthopaedic Outpatient Department
30 Devonshire Street, London, W1G 6PU
tel: +44 (0) 203 7956053
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