Mr Nick Cullen

Mr Nick Cullen

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBBS, BSc(Hons), FRCS, FRCS (Tr&Orth)

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For the last 10 years, I have been a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH). I specialise purely in disorders of the foot and ankle. The RNOH is a national centre of excellence, and the foot and ankle unit is a tertiary referral unit dealing with complex cases that have been referred from centres all over the United Kingdom.

I deal solely with problems of the foot and ankle. My interests include sports injuries, toe deformity, bunions, arthroscopy, arthritis, and tendon disorders. I deal with many revision and complex cases. I see over 800 new patients and perform over 500 foot and ankle operations per year. I work closely with physiotherapists, orthotists, podiatrists and osteopaths tailoring care to each patient’s needs.

I qualified from UCH and Middlesex school of medicine in 1993, worked as a junior doctor in London and Cape Town, South Africa before embarking on my orthopaedic training on the Middlesex hospital rotation. I have undertaken postgraduate fellowships at the RNOH Stanmore and Addenbrookes Hospital Cambridge.

I am actively involved in teaching, I am the co-convenor of the internationally renowned Stanmore foot and ankle course. I lecture on the regional orthopaedic training programmes and nationally on various courses including the British foot and ankle society. I am actively involved in research and in the training of the next generation of orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals.

I publish regularly in the peer reviewed foot and ankle literature, I have presented at national and international scientific meetings. I am the Audit lead in the foot and ankle unit at the RNOH.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Nick Cullen at Spire include:

Other treatments

  • Achilles tendon problems
  • Ankle fracture
  • Ankle fusion
  • Ankle sprains
  • Ankle surgery
  • Flat foot correction
  • Ligament repair
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tendon transfers
  • Toe deformity correction

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Ankle surgery
Foot surgery
Sports injury


Acute compartment syndrome--a life and limb threatening surgical emergency. Malik AA, Khan WS, Chaudhry A, Ihsan M, Cullen NP. J Perioper Pract. 2009 May;19(5):137-42.

Ankle Arthroscopy: A Study of Tourniquet Versus No Tourniquet. Zaidi R, Hasan K, Sharma A, Cullen N, Singh D, Goldberg A. Foot Ankle Int. 2013 Dec 27

Clinical tip: revision first metatarsophalangeal joint arthrodesis for sagittal plane malunion with an opening wedge osteotomy using a small fragment block plate. Cullen NP, Angel J, Singh D, Smith J, Dudkiewicz I. Foot Ankle Int. 2005 Nov;26(11):1001-3.

Comparison of three different fixation methods of calcaneal osteotomies. Abbasian A, Zaidi R, Guha A, Goldberg A, Cullen N, Singh D. Foot Ankle Int. 2013 Mar;34(3):420-5.

Fixation of an Akin osteotomy with a tension suture: our results. Cullen NP, Angel J, Singh D, Burg A, Dudkiewicz I. Foot (Edinb). 2009 Jun;19(2):107-9. doi: 10.1016/j.foot.2009.01.009. Epub 2009 Mar 18.

Foot and Ankle International 20013; 24 Comparison of three different fixation methods of calcaneal osteotomy

Foot and Ankle International: 2006 Dec 27, Variation of the distal metatarsal articular angle with axial rotation and inclination of the first metatarsal.

Is peroneum friction syndrome complicated by sesamoid fatigue fracture: a new radiological diagnosis? Case report and literature review. Bashir WA, Lewis S, Cullen N, Connell DA. Skeletal Radiol. 2009 Feb;38(2):181-6. doi: 10.1007/s00256-008-0588-3.

Levels of evidence in foot and ankle surgery literature: progress from 2000 to 2010 Zaidi R, Abbassian A, Cro S, Guha A, Cullen N, Singh D, Goldberg A. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2012 Aug 1;94(15):e1121-10.

Oedema of the abductor digiti quinti muscle due to subacute denervation: report of two cases. Chimutengwende-Gordon M, O'Donnell P, Cullen N, Singh D. Foot Ankle Surg. 2014 Mar;20(1):e3-6.

Open ankle arthrodesis via an anterior approach. Gordon D, Zicker R, Cullen N, Singh D. Foot Ankle Int. 2013 Mar;34(3):386-91.

Plantar fasciitis: a review. Cullen NP, Singh D. Br J Hosp Med (Lond). 2006 Feb;67(2):72-6.

Rheumatoid forefoot reconstruction. Amin A, Cullen N, Singh D. Acta Orthop Belg. 2010 Jun;76(3):289-97.

SPECT-CT imaging of obscure foot and ankle pain. Williams T, Cullen N, Goldberg A, Singh D. Foot Ankle Surg. 2012 Mar;18(1):30-3. doi: 10.1016/j.fas.2011.01.009. Epub 2011 Feb 12.

The demand incidence of symptomatic ankle osteoarthritis presenting to foot & ankle surgeons in the United Kingdom. Goldberg AJ, MacGregor A, Dawson J, Singh D, Cullen N, Sharp RJ, Cooke PH. Foot (Edinb). 2012 Sep;22(3):163-6. doi: 10.1016/j.foot.2012.02.005. Epub 2012 Mar 20.

Media Coverage

Me and my operation: New metal joint to relieve the pain of an arthritic big toe, Daily Mail

Consultant Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Trust, Stanmore

I live in Hertfordshire with my wife and two children. I am a keen sportsman, having captained my university 1st XV at Rugby, I went on to be part of the medical team at Saracens and now coach, and am a keen rugby fan! I try to keep fit, and have managed to struggle around a few sprint triathlon events in recent years. Otherwise I like to travel, and wine taste!

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