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Mercury Foot & Ankle

Foot & Ankle Surgeon

At Mercury Foot and Ankle Clinic, we truly understand how debilitating foot and ankle pain can impact your life and how hard it can be to find the right solution for you. As Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle specialists, we are experienced surgeons who exclusively manage Foot and Ankle problems.

Foot & Ankle Surgeon
Mr Arul Ramasamy

Consultant Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgeon
PhD, FRCS(Tr&Orth), DipSportsMed, MFSEM, MA(Cantab)

Arul is an experienced Consultant Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgeon, practising in the Buckinghamshire area. His practice is dedicated solely to foot and ankle surgery. His patient-centred, research-driven approach means treatment plans are focused on each patient’s individual needs and outcomes.

He believes that to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients, it involves engaging them in the decision-making process and utilising non-operative techniques where possible. Should surgery be required, Arul believes that the best results come from meticulous planning and precise execution.

Ankle Foot
Ankle Foot Achilles Tendon Problems Flat Feet
Ankle Ligament injuries Stress Fractures Fractures Bunions
Ankle Fractures Plantar fasciitis Arthritis Morton’s Neuroma
Ankle instability Toe deformities Cartilage injuries
  • Dedicated foot and ankle practice, seeing over 750 patients with wide ranging conditions every year
  • Current serving Army Orthopaedic Surgeon with operational experience in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Manages complex foot and ankle injuries in military personnel and facilitates swift return to service
  • Extensive experience in the management of high-level athletes
  • Specialist interest in sports foot and ankle injuries, including the completion of PhD in foot and ankle trauma
  • Foot and ankle specialty Editor for the leading orthopaedic journal, The Bone and Joint Journal
  • Supervisor for PhD students in stem cell research and reducing disability from complex foot and ankle trauma at Imperial College London
  • Winner of over 10 prizes and over £2million in grants relating to his research
  • Recipient of highly prestigious ABC (American-British-Canadian) Travelling Fellowship by the British Orthopaedic Association, presenting his work in North America


  • Arul read Medicine at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge and then completed Basic Surgical Training in Newcastle.
  • Attended The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to complete Officer Training and has 20 years’ experience as a serving British Army Officer.
  • Arul undertook a PhD in Bio-Engineering at Imperial College London from 2008 to 2011. His thesis on Foot and Ankle combat injuries led to the development of new technology to reduce blast injuries.
  • He commenced Higher Surgical Training in Orthopaedics and Trauma on the Birmingham Rotation in 2011.
  • Arul is a Triple Fellowship trained (Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham – Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford – Fortius Clinic, London) including the only UK based Sports Foot & Ankle Fellowship which almost exclusively looked after Professional Athletes.


MA(Cantab) Medical Degree – Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge
PhD Bioengineering – Imperial College London
DipSportsMed Diploma of Sports Medicine – University of Bath
MFSEM Member of Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine
DMCC Diploma in Medical Care of Catastrophes (Humanitarian Medicine)
PGCertEd Medical Education Qualification
FHEA Fellow of Higher Education Authority
FRCS (Tr+Orth) Specialist Training in Trauma and Orthopaedics

Arul continues to engage in research with a focus on improving function after complex foot and ankle trauma and the role of stem cells in healing bones and cartilage. He is also interested in the management and outcomes from ankle ligament injuries in professional footballers.

He has published over 50 peer reviewed journals, co-authored over 10 book chapters and regularly presents at National and International conferences. Arul enjoys training Orthopaedic Surgeons that rotate through the hospital and regularly teaches on International Orthopaedic courses on Foot and Ankle conditions.

He is a Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London, supervising multiple PhD Students.

Arul has been appointed to the Editorial Board of the Bone & Joint Journal as the Foot and Ankle Specialty Editor.

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Joel - Foot Ankle Specialist
Mr Joel Humphrey

Consultant Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgeon
BSc(Hons), MBBS, MSc(SportsMed), FRCS(Tr&Orth)

Joel is an experienced Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in Buckinghamshire, exclusively dedicated to the very specialist field of the foot and ankle. He has an extensive practice and wealth of expertise in managing foot and ankle conditions and sports injuries.

Joel is dedicated to treating adults of all ages and activity levels.

Joel will spend time discussing your treatment options and together you can decide on the right treatment to best suit your individually needs. Where possible he utilises non-operative techniques. Should surgery be required Joel’s patients benefit from the latest thinking and recognised techniques.

Ankle Foot
Ankle ligament injuries Big toe arthritis (hallux rigidus)
Ankle instability Bunions (hallux valgus)
Ankle fractures Flat feet
Achilles tendon problems High arched feet
Ankle arthritis Heel pain (plantar fasciitis)
Cartilage injuries Forefoot pain (metatarsalgia)
Morton’s neuroma
  Stress fractures
  Toe deformities
  • Consultant Foot and Ankle Surgeon at Milton Keynes University Hospital
  • Dual fellowship trained in Cambridge and Oxford University Hospitals
  • High volume adult foot and ankle practice in both private and NHS sector
  • Experience in managing complex foot and trauma and sports injuries
  • Thames Valley Trauma Network lead for Milton Keynes University Hospital
  • Keen marathon runner and truly understands the limitations injury can bring


Having completed an undergraduate Bachelors Degree in Orthopaedic Sciences at University College London, Joel completed his medical qualification at Barts and The London School of Medicine. Subsequently he gained a postgraduate Masters Degree in Sports and Exercise Medicine. Joel’s Higher Surgical training in Trauma and Orthopaedics was in London, on the South-East Thames rotation.

Prior to his appointment as a consultant Joel undertook two prestigious fellowships. Initially the Foot and Ankle Reconstruction fellowship in Cambridge at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, broadening and refining his foot and ankle surgical skills. Then the Trauma fellowship in Oxford at the John Radcliffe Hospital, gaining expertise on the latest surgical techniques in managing complex foot and ankle trauma.


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

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons
  • British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (BOFAS)
  • British Orthopaedic Association (BOA)
  • British Medical Association (BMA)
  • General Medical Council (GMC)
In addition to his clinical practice Joel continues to be involved with research, and has published multiple peer review articles. His research has been presented at national and international conferences, and has been awarded several research grants including from the British Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (BOFAS). Joel led the inaugural research on real tennis injuries for the Tennis & Rackets Association (T&RA).

Joel is actively involved in the education of Orthopaedic trainees from the Oxford deanery. He finds it extremely rewarding training the next generation of Consultant Surgeons. Joel is also an Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor.

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Our Aim

Our aim is to help eliminate your pain and allow you to get back to the things you want to do, as quickly as possible. Experienced in the latest advances in surgery and rehabilitation, we want to get you back on your feet and help them last a lifetime.

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My condition had deteriorated to the point that I was unable to walk for extended periods of time without pain and swelling of the ankle, and I would rarely be able to join in most family activities. The support and guidance provided by Mr Ramasamy were exemplary and enabled me to make a fully informed decision regarding the options available to me. Now, the pain is much more manageable and the stability that the treatment has provided is such that I feel that I regained a significant part of my life and as such my confidence.

Private Client

I found Mr Ramasamy extremely professional and reassuring. On the day of my procedure I received the most efficient, organised and professional care in my life. Your nurses were the best I have ever experienced. Mr Ramasamy’s team, in theatre made me feel at ease and made the whole procedure more bearable. They go way beyond the extra mile for their patients.

Private Client

I wanted to share my excellent experiences and compliment Mr Ramasamy and his team. I found him extremely professional and reassured that he understood how much pain I was in. On the day of my procedure, it was the most efficient, organized and professional care I have ever received – from checking into reception to being allocated a bay and taken into theatre – your nurses in the recovery area were the best I have ever received. Mr Ramasay’s team, especially in theatre, made me feel at ease, kept me informed throughout the whole procedure and made the whole procedure more bearable.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the process if I am paying for my own treatment?2020-08-27T13:58:16+01:00

After your appointment you will be emailed an invoice to be paid within 30 days via a bank transfer.

Will my insurance cover me?2020-06-28T13:37:20+01:00

Our practice is covered by the major healthcare insurance providers. If you have private medical insurance, please contact your insurer to confirm that you are covered for your consultation and imaging appointments and whether you will need a GP referral. Please do this prior to seeing your Consultant. Your insurance company will provide you with an authorisation code which we will need when booking your appointment, along with your policy or membership details. All of this information can be obtained from your insurance company.

Depending on your specific insurance policy you may liable for some of the costs and there may be certain outpatient treatments such as joint injections and blood tests that may not be fully covered by your insurance policy. Please note, even if you are privately insured, you are entirely responsible for all of your consultants’ fees and that the contract you undertake is with your consultant and not your insurance company.

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How much does it cost?2023-03-17T15:24:59+00:00

In most cases, your outpatient costs should be covered by your insurance company, but please check as this can vary depending on your individual insurance and excess policy. If you are a self-pay, new appointments are £250 and follow up appointments are £175.

Do I need a new or follow-up appointment?2020-06-23T15:52:11+01:00

If you have not seen the Consultant previously for this problem, you have a different problem or if it is more than 1 year since your last appointment then please book a new appointment.

Do I need a referral letter?2023-03-17T15:35:57+00:00

If you are claiming through your health insurance, they may require a referral from your GP or therapist before authorising your consultation and treatment. If you are unsure then please call 01908 014 486 or email us on and one our team will be able to assist you. If you are paying for treatment yourself then you do not need a referral letter.

How do I make an appointment?2023-03-17T15:24:20+00:00

To arrange an appointment with one of our Consultants, please call 01908 014 486 or email us on

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