Steve Parsons is one of the most experienced orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons in the UK and has been such for most of his consultant career. He originally went to medical school in London but trained in trauma and orthopaedics in Sheffield and Southampton before settling into consultant practice in the south west of the UK.
He has been President of the British Foot and Ankle Society and council member of European Foot and Ankle Society.
His extensive experience of treating all the disorders affecting the structure of the foot and ankle from trauma through complex deformity to arthritis including childhood problems.
He has constantly challenged the thought processes behind the planning and execution of surgery to the foot and ankle with a philosophy of trying to maximise the benefit of surgery while minimising the risk to patients.
He is perhaps best known for his work on arthroscopic (keyhole) techniques for the treatment of foot and ankle disorders which particularly require fusion of joints. He is one of the leaders of a course that trains surgeons in these techniques.
His research interests are based largely in the area of the practice of foot and ankle care particularly looking at the outcomes of complex keyhole surgery foot and ankle surgery.
He has been a leading thinker in the way surgeons need to plan the treatment of foot and ankle disorders.