Consultant Profile

Mr David R Tollafield

Mr David R Tollafield DPodM, BSc (Hons), FCPodS
Practicing at:
Spire Little Aston Hospital
  • Allied Health Professionals
    • Podiatric foot surgery
    • Podiatry
  • Orthopaedic surgery
    • Foot Surgery
Special clinical interests:

Management of foot and ankle pain
Bunion and stiff toe problems

Midfoot pain and arthritis
Plastic surgery for serious callus under forefoot
Flat foot
Injection treatment

Heel pain management including extracorporeal shock wave treatment

Research interests:

Pain within the foot. Identifying reliable methods of establishing accurate and reliable indicators of good clinical outcome measurement. Assessment of callus, corns and keratoma. research project pending, Huddersfield University

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant Podiatric Surgeon,
Retired from Walsall Manor Hospital, Surgical Day Unit

Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

Member and current Dean of the Faculty of Board of Surgery (College of Podiatry)
Member of National Consultant Podiatric Surgeons Group
National Examiner for College of Podiatry
Member of Audit working party (PASCOM-10)
Advisor to the Dept. of Health

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0121 580 7151
Private secretary:
Geraldine Fahy
Private secretary telephone number:
0121 580 7302
Private secretary email address:
Wednesday AM and Thursday PM
Background Information 
Professional profile:

David Tollafield qualified from University College Hospital (London Foot Hospital) in 1978 studying originally as a chiropodist. Upon qualifying he entered into the new training programme called ‘podiatry’ and with his skills decided to become a podiatrist specialising in advanced work based on the American model.

Qualifications and awards
In 1980 he took his primary fellowship examination (now called Part 1). He won the Jubilee Award and Winston Churchill fellowship in 1981 and studied biomechanics in San Francisco and later Philadelphia.

Experience with orthotics
He opened a small country practise in 1981 in Staffordshire and became a director of an orthotic company then decided to return to the NHS for a short spell in Derbyshire. He undertook research into orthotics with Professor David Pratt publishing several articles and providing lectures.

He became a full time lecturer at the University of Northampton (Nene College, School of Podiatry) in 1985 after qualifying in education (1982) and became Deputy Head of school and a senior lecturer where he remained for nearly 10 years.

Surgical fellowship
He completed his final fellowship examination (FCPodS) to become a full fellow in podiatric surgery and embarked on setting up a surgical programme within the school clinic based at Northampton General Hospital. He set up a joint course in podiatric and orthopaedic surgery using his knowledge of biomechanics and orthotics for final year students and examined with a local consultant orthopaedic surgeon Mr David Bromage.

Writing & consultancy

He completed two text books in 1995/7, finished a degree and thesis in remedial health sciences then moved to Walsall after being offered one of the first full time consultant posts in podiatric surgery in England. Currently he presents his regular blog for patients under Footlocker on his own website 

Published a children's book 2015 The Story of Cristal Rouge under Rob C Blyth.

NHS work and Podiatric surgery
He went on to set up a NHS health service at the Manor Hospital, Walsall, at Dudley’s Corbett Hospital and Sandwell’s city hospital. He additionally set up a private practise in Halesowen (West Midlands Hospital) and the current Spire Little Aston Hospital in Sutton Coldfield.

Current work
In 2013 he retired from Walsall after 20 years as their consultant in podiatric surgery, and decided to consolidate his practise as an independent podiatric surgeon at Spire Little Aston. He works closely with many medical colleagues and orthopaedic surgeons at Spire where he feels an integrated service is more equitable for NHS and insured patients as well as those wishing to pay for their own treatment. The opportunity for variety is exciting and he still finds his brand of healthcare heavily in demand as the local area of West Midlands has few podiatric surgeons.

Recent awards
In 2012 he was awarded the Fellowship in podiatric medicine for non surgical contributions to my profession.

Personal profile:

He is married with four children. His hobbies are varied from music to writing for pleasure.

Mr Tollafield has developed his website in 2013 as an additional service for Spire patients and the public. Please select this for more information covering, consultant profile, podiatric surgery, fact sheets on treatment and for more detail, the Clinician Portal for healthcare professionals. The new 'Treatment (self-help) centre' is being developed in January this year (2104) for patients registered with podiatric surgery at Spire. This is regularly updated. There are many benefits for using Spire Little Aston Hospital for your foot health care.

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Mr David R Tollafield

Mr David R Tollafield Orthopaedic surgery & Allied Health Professionals Consultant, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, private hospital specialist.

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