This month we are welcoming Glen Foley, our new podiatrist. Glen is an experienced practitioner dealing in all aspects of podiatry and specialising in Podiatric Biomechanics. His expertise has been put to good use in diverse roles including working at Headley Court, the armed forces medical rehabilitation centre, as well as for UK athletics and the London Marathon. Glen has a keen interest in running injuries and his role with UK athletics consisted of injury rehabilitation and screening to enable athletes to return to optimal performance as quickly as possible. For the London Marathon team he worked for several years in a supervisory role, overseeing the podiatry medical team on the finish line.
Glen qualified from the University of Brighton in 2003 with a BSc (Hons) in Podiatry and over the eleven years since qualifying has accrued a wealth of experience and knowledge across the field of Podiatry. He worked within the NHS for six years, dealing with all areas of podiatry.
Alongside his position at DMRC Headley Court, Glen was a clinical lecturer on the undergraduate BSC (Hons) Podiatry course at the University of Brighton, and still lectures on several MSc modules including “Sports Injury” and “Offloading the at Risk Foot”. He is often lecturing across the country on podiatric biomechanics, and has been a keynote speaker at the National and European Podiatry Conference.
To get to know Glen better we asked him a few questions about himself. This is what he said:
Are there any particularly interesting experiences you’ve had through your work?
I have had so many interesting experiences during my career but the highlight has to be seeing my patients from DMRC Headley Court compete at the Invictus games after serious injury sustained both in the Iraq and Afghanistan. I had worked in the rehabilitation of these incredible individuals for a number of years, many of them not even able to walk, and to witness the culmination of their courage and determination and see them receive the adulation they deserved was an incredible and moving experience.
Other highlights include working for British Athletics and providing medical support for the London marathon.
Which aspects of Podiatry Interest you especially?
The biomechanics of running and running related injuries is my particular area of interest. Through my work with the military I was involved in research related to overuse running injuries in the Armed Forces and I am currently in the planning stages of the next piece of research related to rotational deformities and their part in running injuries.
What are your sporting interests?
I am passionate about Rugby and have played since I was a teenager. Due to a hip replacement 6 years ago my playing days are behind me but I now coach for Eastbourne RFC minis section, which I enjoy immensely. I also enjoy boxing both traditional and kick boxing. I won the ISKA National kick boxing tournament in 1999 but again due to my hip I had to retire from this sport. I still box now, but no longer compete, on the instructions of my wife! I adore all forms of sport, and physical fitness has always been an essential part of my life.
What do you like doing when you are not working?
Spending time with family and friends is a priority and my two young sons always have plans for any free time I have!