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   Professor Nick Harris shares his expertise and advice on ankle and foot conditions with detailed interviews and case studies. Using his substantial experience and knowledge, Nick provides a balanced perspective on both surgical and non-surgical treatments.
 

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Sensational comeback for long distance runner after successful surgery

Sensational comeback for long distance runner after successful surgery

When Nick Little suffered a serious injury to his shinbone while competing in a race in Leeds he feared his running days might be over.

Nick, 27, a keen long-distance runner who clocks up around 75 miles a week, was devastated. He wasn’t able to run for three months and could barely walk. Every step was painful and he had to hobble on crutches just to get around.

Today, after having surgery at Spire Leeds Hospital, Nick is back at competition level after making a sensational comeback to running in April this year and achieving his fastest ever running time in the Bratislava Marathon, achieving 7th place out of 6,000 runners.

The problem first started four years ago for Nick, who is single and currently lives in Dubai where he teaches at a British curriculum school. After graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University, he was teaching at schools in Leeds and competing in a series of races around the UK when he fractured the tibia (long bone) in his right lower leg. However, it was not correctly diagnosed straight away. It was thought to be shin splints and doctors prescribed ‘rest’. (more…)

Airline pilot Richard Mavor is taking on extreme challenges just months after severing his Achilles tendon

Airline pilot Richard Mavor is taking on extreme challenges just months after severing his Achilles tendon

A commercial airline pilot has completed some ambitious outdoor activity challenges following successful surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon at Spire Leeds Hospital.

Richard Mavor, 52, who is married with four children, and lives near Skipton, scaled the Lion’s Head mountain in Cape Town, South Africa last month before descending by paraglider. During the year since his surgery he has also been skiing, winter mountaineering, climbed a number of the Munros in Scotland and completed two small triathlons.

He injured his tendon while running the Windsor half marathon in March last year – part of his training for an Ironman challenge. After running 10 miles he developed pain in his right Achilles tendon. Determined to reach the finish line, (more…)

Yorkshire cure for painful condition caused by high heels

Yorkshire cure for painful condition caused by high heels

It’s a condition that’s becoming increasingly common in middle aged women and also with runners. However, it can affect anyone from any walk of life. Morton’s neuroma is a painful ailment of the foot which is often linked to wearing high-heeled or tight-fitting shoes or with sports that put pressure on the feet. The pain is often so debilitating that patients are unable to walk more than a few steps and it affects every aspect of daily life.

The number of people affected by this condition has more than doubled in the last ten years and women are eight to ten times more likely than men to suffer it – the largest group of those affected being women aged between 40 and 69 1.  It can be treated effectively however in some cases, the exact cause is not known.

Famous sufferers include Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, retired tennis star Lindsay Davenport and tennis ace Milos Raonic.

Sometimes described as feeling akin to walking on a sharp pebble in your shoe and having persistent pain in the ball of your foot, Morton’s Neuroma is an injury to the nerve between the toes, which leads to thickening of the nerve and can cause excruciating pain.

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Huddersfield man one of first to benefit from latest procedure in total ankle replacement

Huddersfield man one of first to benefit from latest procedure in total ankle replacement

When Neil Shuttleworth, a retired printing specialist from Huddersfield, had total ankle replacement surgery he told his surgeon at Spire Leeds Hospital his first ‘mission’ after surgery was to walk comfortably down the famous Promenade de la Croisette in Cannes eating ice cream with his wife Christine.

Neil, 81, underwent a Rebalance Total Ankle Replacement (Zimmer-Biomet) which is one of the newest replacements available. It uses a high-density E-Poly bearing (a type of polyethylene with added vitamin E) which bullet proof vests are made from. It is the only ankle replacement at present using E-poly for the bearing which has 80% better wear characteristics than conventional polyethylene making it more durable which should help the lifetime of the implant.

Professor Nick Harris, consultant orthopaedic and trauma surgeon who performed the surgery at Spire Leeds Hospital, said, “The use of E-poly with its better wear characteristics is (more…)

Professor Nick Harris awarded ‘Foot & Ankle Surgeon of the Year 2019 – Northern England’

Professor Nick Harris awarded ‘Foot & Ankle Surgeon of the Year 2019 – Northern England’

One of the most difficult, yet rewarding, industries to work within, the Healthcare industry has once again come under the focus of GHP in the 2019 Private Healthcare Awards. GHP(Global Health & Pharma) reveals the outstanding services and commitment by organisations dedicated to improving the health & wellness of the variety of communities from across the globe.

Following on from Nick Harris’s recent nomination acceptance and our dedicated research stage, the judging panel have now made their final decisions and it brings me immense pleasure to contact you and inform you of the outcome for the 2019 Private Healthcare Awards.

To confirm, Professor Nick Harris has been awarded:

Foot & Ankle Surgeon of the Year 2019 – Northern England

Every one of our award successors can be rest assured that their recognition was truly deserved, as we carefully evaluate everything from their performance over the past 12 months, their innovation, their methods and their commitment to ensure that only the most deserving names walk away with one of our prestigious accolades.

Total ankle replacement! Total success!

Total ankle replacement! Total success!

Before having total ankle replacement surgery at Spire Leeds Hospital, Barbara Davison could only walk a short distance with the help of a walking stick.

Today, Barbara, 72, a retired farmer who lives in Barnoldswick in North Yorkshire is pain free and can comfortably walk several miles.

The problem first started three years ago. Barbara woke up with a painful left ankle and a limp which never went away. What started as a niggling pain eventually became debilitating. She developed a slight deformity and wasn’t able to walk without a painfully altered gait – her foot was angled out sideways. Every aspect of Barbara’s daily life was affected, she had to rely on friends to do her shopping and was not able to travel to visit her son and six-year-old twin grandsons in Surrey.

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