Our experienced and friendly practitioners are extensively trained providing a unique service for the ACT and surrounding districts.
Dr Jane Earl (Podiatric practitioner)
Jane trained as a podiatrist at The University of Salford (UK), graduating in 1999. She started her career working for the National Health Service, where she gained a great deal of experience in nail surgery, diabetic foot care and management of patients with arthritis. In 2003, spurred by a desire to travel and experience new things, she came to Canberra to join Clayton at ACT Podiatry for a working holiday….and has lived here ever since.
Jane loves the challenges of private practice, and the relationships she has built with her clients, many of whom she has been looking after for over 14 years. She gets great satisfaction from her work, and is very thorough and conscientious in her approach to patient care. She passionately supports the notion that mobility enhances quality of life, and whatever your goals are she will try her best to ensure your feet don’t let you down. She completed a Masters in Health Science (Podiatry) in 2009, and regularly attends courses to keep up to date on the latest research.
She lives in Canberra with her husband and three children, and in her spare time enjoys rowing with Black Mountain Rowing Club.
Dr Clayton Clews (Podiatric foot and ankle surgeon)
Dr Clews is a Commonwealth accredited podiatric foot and ankle surgeon and a Fellow of the Australasian College of Podiatric Surgeons (ACPS).
He has undertaken extensive training throughout his career including the completion of his undergraduate studies in 1989, his Research Masters in 2000 and his Masters of Podiatry in 2003. He has trained extensively throughout Australia and overseas (United Kingdom/ United States) undertaking thousands of hours in clinical and hospital based training with many world renowed podiatric foot and ankle surgeons.
He has also rotated comprehensively through medical specialty fields including orthopaedics, rheumatology, anaesthesiology, vascular surgery, wound management (ie - the high risk foot), accident and emergency (ie- trauma), plastic surgery and medical imaging. As such there are very few disorders of the foot and ankle to which he has not been exposed to or developed experience in.
His research on an innovative surgical technique used to address osteoarthritis of the 1st metatarsophalangeal joint (a potentially debilitating yet common foot complaint) was published in The Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery in 2014. Dr Clews is an Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority (AHPRA) approved podiatric pharmacological prescriber.
Damien Lafferty (Podiatric foot and ankle surgeon)
Dr Lafferty is a Commonwealth accredited podiatric foot and ankle surgeon, Fellow of the Australasian College of Podiatric Surgeons (ACPS) and International Affiliate of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS).
He graduated from Curtin University, Western Australia in 1988 with a Bachelors of Science Degree. He followed this with a Post-graduate Diploma in Advanced Podiatry in 1992 and a Master’s of Science which was completed in 1997, all from Curtin University. He commenced his surgical training with the Australian College of Podiatric Surgeons (ACPS) and attained his fellowship in 1997.
Dr Lafferty has more than twenty years of experience in podiatric medicine, nine of which were in Perth, with a further nine years in London, England. He has been practising in Sydney since 2006. During his time in England he worked both privately and publicly, consulting at Guys and St Thomas’s Hospital in London and as the podiatrist to the UK Athletics, the English Institute of Sport and the British Olympic team in the London and South East region. All of his surgery is carried out in accredited hospitals.
foot and ankle conditions
- Hallux Valgus (Bunions – progressive dislocation of the big toe joint)
- Hallux Rigidus (Osteoarthritis of the big toe joint)
- Hammer/Claw Toes
- Plantar Forefoot Pain
- Heel Pain (including plantar fasciitis/plantar fasciopathy)
- Bumps and Lumps (bony and soft tissue)
- Arthritis (forefoot, midfoot, rearfoot and ankle)
- Complex foot and ankle complaints (patients with multiple concerns)
- Something Unusual
- What do Podiatrists do?
- What is the point of difference between
ACT Podiatry and other practices?
- What are common forefoot conditions
treated at ACT Podiatry?
- What are common mid-foot and rear foot
conditions seen at ACT Podiatry?
- What predisposes a person
to lower limb pain
- What are foot orthoses?
- Can a spinal condition cause foot pain?
- Is arterial disease a cause of foot pain?
- I am diabetic and my feet burn
– what is this?
- Can in-growing toe nails and plantar warts be cured?