A Cardiff-based foot and ankle surgeon offering expert diagnosis and treatment for the full range of conditions affecting the foot and ankle, including ankle sprains and instability, Achilles tendon problems, arthritis, bunions, toe deformities and foot complications associated with diabetes, with a particular interest and expertise in sports injuries.
Mr Rhys Thomas is Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and Honorary Lecturer at Cardiff University. He offers private treatment for foot and ankle problems at the Vale Healthcare Foot and Ankle Clinic based at the Cardiff Bay Hospital and The Vale Hospital.
A highly qualified and experienced foot and ankle specialist
Trained in London, South Wales and Toronto, Mr Thomas is the only surgeon in the UK to have been awarded Fellowships by both the European Foot and Ankle Society and the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society. A Consultant at the Cardiff and Vale Orthopaedic Centre (CAVOC) at University Hospital Llandough and at the University Hospital of Wales for over 13 years, he has extensive experience in the treatment and management of all forms of adult foot and ankle problems, using the most up-to-date therapies and surgical techniques and working closely with physiotherapists, podiatrists and orthotists, where necessary.
Foot and ankle conditions treated by Mr Rhys Thomas
Mr Thomas offers expert assessment and treatment for the full range of conditions affecting the foot and ankle, including:
- Achilles rupture and Achilles tendonopathy
- Ankle ligament damage
- Tendon problems
- Ankle fracture
- Diabetic foot
- Flat feet
- Toe deformities (claw toe and hammer toe)
- Heel injuries and heel bone fracture
Expert treatment for sports injuries to the foot and ankle in Cardiff
Sprains and fractures to the foot and ankle are commonly sustained during sporting activities, often as the result of ligaments being overstretched or torn, overuse, direct impact or blows, or tripping on uneven ground. Symptoms of a foot or ankle sprain or fracture may include pain, bruising and swelling, which can be alleviated initially by protecting and resting the affected area, applying ice and a compression bandage and keeping the foot elevated (PRICE therapy). Any foot or ankle symptoms that are worse or fail to respond to PRICE therapy after 48 hours should be assessed by a doctor.
Mr Thomas offers rapid access to accurate diagnostic assessment of foot and ankle injuries using MRI, X-ray and ultrasound. As Honorary Surgeon to the Welsh Rugby Union and Cardiff Blues, he has considerable expertise in the treatment of rugby sporting injuries, although he has treated patients from a wide variety of sporting disciplines and ability levels, including Olympic athletes.
Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) of the foot
Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) of the foot is a new technique to correct foot problems such as bunions, arthritis of the big toe and deformities of the smaller toes. In an X-ray guided procedure, special instruments are inserted through small incisions, avoiding damage to the soft tissues and the risks associated with a larger wound. Usually performed as day surgery, MIS helps to promote early bone healing, accelerating recovery times.
Mr Rhys Thomas is one of only a few surgeons in the UK able to offer MIS of the foot, and was the first surgeon to perform the technique in Wales. The procedure is not suitable for all cases of bunions and toe problems, however, and Mr Thomas is happy to provide his expert opinion in each individual case.
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