Simon Costain is the owner and senior partner in the Gait and Posture Centre LLP and has more than 45 years of practice experience in Podiatry. He held a Consultant Podiatry post in the NHS and has worked in Harley Street since 1985.
Simon is one of the founders of Podiatric Surgery and Podiatric Sports medicine in the UK, but for many years has specialised in non-surgical gait evaluation techniques and, where possible, offers alternatives to surgery for foot problems. He divides his time between his private practice and some expert witness work.
Some highlights of his experience include:
- He was the lead Podiatrist to the Great Britain Team at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.
- He co-authored the CD-ROM Sports Injuries of the Foot & Ankle, published by Primal Pictures
- He has lectured at the London Hospital Medical School “Diploma in Sports Medicine, for Doctors” ; Dance UK’s Healthier Dancer conferences, British Association of Sports Medicine Conferences for doctors and physiotherapists, and lectures nationally and internationally to Podiatrists, Osteopaths , Physiotherapists and other allied health professions.
- He was a Podiatric consultant to the Royal Marines at the Commando Training Centre (CTCRM) in Lympstone, Devon.
- He was one of the originators of CAD/CAM technology in podiatry. He won a SMART award from the Department of Trade and Industry to develop CAD/CAM technology for orthotic manufacture.
- He is personally enthusiastic about sport and maintains a keen interest in helping sportsmen and women recover from injury. He understands the sports persons mind and is always keen to avoid surgical intervention if possible.
His expert witness work involves mainly personal injury evaluation both for plaintiffs and defendants, with a ratio of 75% Claimants, and 25% defendants. He has been involved in criminal cases calling on his expertise in gait analysis of CCTV footage and footprint analysis, but concentrates more now on Personal Injury cases. Simon has completed his official expert witness training and holds a (CUBS) Bond Solon certificate. He was first registered with the Legal Services Commission as a Podiatric expert in 1985. He holds full Expert Witness institute insurance indemnity cover.
Simon Costain is highly experienced in his field and his qualifications include:
- BSc. in Podiatry.
- FRCPod(S): Fellowship in Podiatric surgery to FRCPodS (Fellow of the Royal College of Podiatry in Podiatric Surgery).
- FRCPodM: (Fellow of the Royal College of Podiatry in Podiatric Medicine) and is entitled to prescribe a limited list of prescription medicines (POM).
- MRCPod: Member of the Royal College of Podiatry.
- HPC registered: Registered with the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, College of Podiatry and the Health Professions Council.
- FET certificate: a Further Education Teacher’s Certificate.
- CUBS certified: Cardiff University Bond Solon registered for expert witness work in Podiatry, and registered with the Legal Services Commission as an expert witness for Podiatric medico-legal work.
Simon regards the feet as the “Cinderella of medicine” receiving little care or attention through our life. He says “we encase our feet in leather coffins most of the day limiting their movement”. No wonder feet suffer as they are mistreated and require regular checking and maintenance by an experienced Podiatrist, in the same way we care for our teeth.
Simon Costain personal
- Sport: Simon has been involved in sport at county and national level including athletics, cricket, and rugby. He used to be a keen squash player and now swims daily and cycles when possible.
- Sailing: He is an experienced offshore yachtsman holding a Commercially endorsed ocean Yachtmaster qualification and has sailed many thousands of miles, including three trans-Atlantic’s in 1985, 1999 and 2017.
- Yacht racing: He has raced in the double handed AZAB (Azores and back) race in 2011 and 2015. He won 1st place in the 69th JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race in the Laser SB20 class.
- Yacht clubs: Simon is a full member of the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC), the Royal Cruising Club (RCC), the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC), and the RAF Yacht club in Hamble.