Maureen Bates graduated as a podiatrist from Glasgow in1989. She has developed a special interest in the care of the Diabetic Foot, including the neuropathic foot and Charcot’s osteoarthropathy.
She joined the diabetic foot team at King’s College Hospital in 1997 and became the podiatry manager there in 2004. She is part of a multidisciplinary team in the diabetic foot clinic where there are combined foot clinics with the vascular and orthopaedic teams weekly which are of great interest to her as it provides a high standard of care for patients attending the foot clinic. This collaborative working is one she finds both enjoyable and rewarding as it gives her and her team of podiatrists an opportunity to advance their knowledge and skills for patient benefit. For example ;carrying out bone biopsies and flexor tenotomies safely in patients with suspected osteomyelitis in an out- patient setting.
She is a great advocate of total contact casting for the treatment of the Acute Charcot Foot, and it’s uses for the pre, peri and post Reconstruction stages of the Charcot Foot for patients with diabetes. She believes very strongly in the podiatric position within the multidisciplinary team for the management and treatment of patients with diabetic foot complications.
Maureen has presented the work of the diabetic foot clinic at many conferences including diabetes UK and the Diabetic Foot Study Group of which she is a member of the executive committee.