Mr Karan Malhotra is an orthopaedic consultant specialising in foot and ankle surgery at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH). He also consults privately with the Stanmore Foot and Ankle Specialists group. His practice includes all adult foot and ankle surgery including complex neuromuscular conditions, deformity, tendon disorders, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, bunions, and toe deformities. He has a tertiary referral practice, receiving referrals and complex cases from the UK and abroad.
He has special interests in the following areas:
- Ankle arthritis and deformity
- Ankle Arthroscopy
- Ankle Replacements
- Flat foot deformity and tibialis posterior dysfunction
- Forefoot deformity, including bunions, arthritis, and lesser toes
- Hindfoot arthritis and deformity
- Midfoot arthritis and deformity
- Neuromuscular foot and ankle conditions, including Charcot Marie Tooth
- Osteochondral defects of the talus
- Plantar fasciitis
- Sports and dance injuries
- Tendon disorders
- Treatment of pes cavus (high-arched feet)
Mr Malhotra ensures that his patients are involved in their care and the decision-making process. He provides his patients with a balanced and honest opinion of their surgical and non-surgical options, which may involve a discussion of complex cases in a multi-disciplinary setting.
Mr Malhotra graduated with honours from the University of Manchester and undertook orthopaedic training in Yorkshire and London. He has completed renowned fellowships in foot and ankle surgery in Australia and the UK. He also undertook a travelling fellowship to Singapore and was awarded a grant from the British Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (BOFAS) for his fellowship training.
He has trained in a wide variety of areas, including ankle replacements, fusions, arthroscopic surgery, ligament reconstruction, minimally invasive surgery, and treatment of complex neurological conditions affecting the foot and ankle. His training and current practice include both operative and non-operative management of conditions such as bunions, toe deformities, tendon disorders, plantar fasciitis, and arthritis of the foot and ankle.
Having had the opportunity to work with some world-renowned trainers, Mr Malhotra understands the importance of making sure every trainee reaches their maximum potential. He is actively involved in training and leads the junior doctor teaching programme at RNOH. He also runs simulation training and regularly teaches on teaching programmes and exam courses.
Mr Malhotra has a passion for research and has numerous peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and consensus documents. He is involved in cutting edge research into novel methods of treating arthritis, deformity correction, treatment of neuromuscular disorders, and methods for assessing foot and ankle conditions. He is involved in educational activities and runs quality improvement projects, both locally and nationally. He is also an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at the Department of Ortho and MSK Science at University College London.
A list of Mr Malhotra’s publications can be found here:
Mr Malhotra has achieved multiple prizes throughout his career, including a prize for the best performance on simulation surgery and ‘Best Research Paper’. He also gained first prize for ‘Best International Research Paper’ by the European Foot and Ankle Society (EFAS) in 2018 for his work on gastrocnemius tightness, which he later presented at the BOFAS congress in 2019. In 2020, he was awarded the ‘Best Published Paper’ award by EFAS for his work on ankle syndesmosis and, in 2021, his work on the UK-FALCON national audit of COVID-19 in foot and ankle patient gained the ‘Chang Chen Best Paper award’ by BOFAS.
In his free time, Mr Malhotra enjoys photography, digital art, graphic design, and keeping up to date with technology.