Hannah Watkinson

Hannah Watkinson

Hannah Watkinson (née Yirrell)

BSc (Hons) Podiatry, MCHS, HPC registered


Lower limb overuse injuries and trauma

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists
  • Member of the Health Professions Council

Key areas of expertise and clinical interests

  • Multidisciplinary understanding and working
  • Gait analysis
  • Biomechanical overuse lower limb injuries
  • Exercise induced leg pain (shin pain)
  • Complex Foot trauma leading to disability
  • Foot drop and neurological gait problems
  • Lateral ankle instability
  • Specialist ankle foot orthoses
  • Leg Length discrepancies

Professional profile

Hannah qualified at the University of Brighton in 2004 with a first class Honours degree in Podiatry. Following this she gained a placement at the New York school of Podiatric Medicine in July 2004 to widen her experience of complex podiatry related problems.

She worked and gained experience in the NHS (Kent PCT) before employment by the Ministry of Defence in 2007 to provide and set up Musculoskeletal Podiatry clinics at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court – a Tri–Service Centre offering a broad range of rehabilitation for both chronic overuse musculoskeletal injuries as well as complex injuries sustained during the current conflicts. Here she is the clinical lead senior Podiatrist and specializes in gait and lower limb biomechanical assessments for military personnel for overuse injuries and the most catrostrophic of injuries.

In 2011 she began working in private health care clinics across Surrey and Buckinghamshire and in March 14 Hannah became the Director of Frontline Podiatry.

She has also provided a screening service for both Kent and Middlesex County Cricket Club Academies as well as UK athletics and treats both national and international athletes. She lectures extensively in gait analysis, podiatric trauma and sports medicine to Podiatrists and other health care professionals.

Hannah is a keen sportswoman and plays for Buckingham ladies RFC and represents county level.

Courses attended

June 14MSK 2014Professional Events ManagementKettering
May 14Foot mobilisation therapies for resistant plantar fasciitisLondon Society BranchLondon
November 13Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists Annual ConferenceSociety of PodiatristsLiverpool
July 13Annual Podiatric Sports Medicine Conference London
June 13Solestar specialist orthoses for cyclingFirefly OrthosesLondon
April 13Management of sports injuries of the hip and knee – Meeting for physiotherapists and GP’sSmith and NephewSurrey
March 13Audit skillsDefence LearningBath
March 13RunningProfessional Events ManagementKettering
January 13ESWT updateLower Limb TeamDMRC Headley Court
November 12Annual Military Rehabilitation ConferenceDefence RehabilitationLondon
June 12Annual Podiatric Sports Medicine ConferenceLondon District BranchLondon
June 12Biomechanics Summer SchoolRX LabsManchester
May 12MSK 2012Professional Events ManagementKettering
April 12 Tekscan 
March 12RunningProfessional Events ManagementKettering
December 11Training Courses for TechniciansAlgeosLiverpool
November 11Annual Military Rehabilitation ConferenceDefence RehabilitationLondon
October 11Presentation SkillsDefence LearningLondon
Sept 11Podiatric Biomechanics SymposiumFirefly OrthosesLondon
July 11Running techniques and lower limb injuriesDartfishLondon
June 11Biomechanics Summer SchoolRX LabsManchester
November 10Annual Military Rehabilitation ConferenceDefence RehabilitationLondon
Oct 10Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists Annual ConferenceSociety of PodiatristsBourmouth
June 10Interview Selection CourseDefence LearningLondon