Glen Foley

Glen Foley

Glen Foley BSc (Hons), MChS – Podiatrist

Glen qualified from the University of Brighton in 2003 with a BSc (Hons) in Podiatry. Since qualifying he has accrued a wealth of experience and knowledge across the field of Podiatry, specialising in Podiatric Biomechanics.

Glen worked within the NHS for six years, covering all areas of podiatry. On leaving the NHS he took on a role with the Ministry of Defence at The Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court.

He has worked with all branches of the Armed Forces, including SAS, SBS and the elite athletes representing the services nationally and internationally in varied sports. A percentage of this work is the rehabilitation of service personnel injured in conflicts abroad, which he found both challenging and hugely rewarding. “To be able to apply the knowledge and skills of the job to such a clinically diverse and complex patient group, improving their quality of life and expediting recovery, has been, and continues to be, a truly humbling experience.”

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.

Glen has a keen interest in running injuries and worked for two years with the UK Athletics medical team. His role consisted of injury rehabilitation and screening, to ensure athletes were able return to optimal performance as quickly as possible. His love of sport has brought involvement with the London Marathon, where for several years he was in a supervisory role, overseeing the podiatry medical team on the finish line.

Outside work Glen coaches rugby for Eastbourne RFC Minis section and enjoys time with his wife and two sons. His other sporting interests are boxing, kickboxing and gym based fitness but he enjoys nothing more than the great outdoors.

Q&A with Glen

Are there any particular interesting experiences you’ve had through your work?
I have had so many interesting experiences during my career, but the highlights have 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. 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 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 kickboxing. I won the ISKA National kickboxing 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!