About Us

Foot and Ankle Specialists Australia is a driver for evidence based surgical and non-surgical interventions.

We have been and continue to advocate for and pioneer the science and technical aspects of minimally invasive surgical procedures in the foot and ankle. Consolidating a knowledge base which aims to assist decision making in respect to innovations in the field.

At FASA our core values are; Knowledge, Respect and Integrity. We combine our values to strive for the best patient outcomes obtainable.

We are committed to education, providing a vehicle for practitioners and the public to improve understanding and management principles in foot and ankle pathologies.

We seek to work in partnership with our patients and referring practitioners.

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Founder Mark Gilheany

Associate professor Mark Gilheany is a highly-experienced foot and ankle surgeon (registered specialist). He has been primarily in private practice in Melbourne since 1994.

He has worked tirelessly at improving surgical techniques in foot and ankle surgery with a strong focus on function and patient centred approach.

Mark was the first foot and ankle specialist in Australia to be certified in minimally invasive surgical techniques (MIS). He uses MIS as both a standalone approach for a range of foot ankle pathology and incorporated with traditional open procedures. He has lectured on and taught these techniques over the past 10 years.

Bunions (hallux valgus) is a specific interest for Mark and he has published research findings in relation to surgical and non-surgical elements of this common complaint.

Mark holds surgical fellowships from Australia and the USA and is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow (podiatric medicine faculty). Mark has worked in health regulation and accreditation of training programs over a 20-year period and is the recipient of several professional awards.

Mark is a university adjunct and continues to actively teach and research. He has a diverse and extensive research, publication and presentation history and conducts educational workshops on a range of topics.

Mark is also available to talk to professional groups, educational groups, general practitioner and specialist groups, and allied health professionals and the general public. He s happy to collaborate on research or discussion forums related to his topics of interest.

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Professional Fellowships

Australasian College of Podiatric Surgeons

Academy of Ambulatory Foot and Ankle Surgery (USA)

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow)

Professional Awards

Australasian College of Podiatric Surgeons                           JR Pickering Award – 2017

Australian Podiatry Association (Vic)                                     Life Membership – 2013

Australasian Podiatry Council (WA association)                    Woodhead Award – 2009

Australian Podiatry Association (Vic)                                     Service of Excellence – 2002


Submitted and under review:

Journal articles:

Gilheany M, F., Amir O, T and Ozcan H. Capsular Interposition Arthroplasty for Hallux Rigidus – A Pragmatic Technique. The Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery.

Gilheany M.F., Yates B. and Camasta C. Accreditation, regulation, training and funding of podiatric surgeons. An international comparison. The Foot

Book chapters:

Gilheany M, F. Two Chapters were commissioned and have been submitted for a new textbook; Hammertoes: A Clinical Casebook, (2015).  Springer


Baarini O, Gilheany M. Angioleiomyoma of the Plantar-Medial Arch: A Case Report.  Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research. July 2016;10(7): PD07-PD8

Gilheany M, F., Baarini O. and Samaras D. Minimally invasive surgery for pedal digital deformity: an audit of complications using national benchmark indicators.  Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, (2015) 8(17).

Menz H,B. Fotoohabadi M,R. Munteanu S,E. Zammit G,V. Gilheany M,F. Plantar Pressures and Relative Lesser Metatarsal Lengths in Older People with and without Forefoot Pain  Journal of Orthopaedic Research (2013) March.

Gilheany M, F. and Amir O, T.  Metatarsocuneiform Joint Resection Arthroplasty for Atraumatic Osteoarthrosis: An Alternative to Arthrodesis. The Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery (2013).  Jan-Feb;52(1):122-4. doi: 10.1053/j.jfas.2012.09.005. Epub 2012 Nov 15.

McMillan AM, Landorf KB, Gilheany MF, Bird AR, Morrow AD, Menz HB.

Ultrasound guided corticosteroid injection for plantar fasciitis: randomised controlled trial.

British Medical Journal. (2012) May 22;344:e3260. doi: 10.1136/bmj.e3260.

Gilheany M, F., Minimal Incision Foot and Ankle Surgery – what is all the fuss about? Australasian Podiatric Surgeon (2012) http://acps.edu.au/cms_files/ACPS%20eMagazine%20September%202012.pdf

Gilheany M, F., Specialist Podiatric Medical Education in Australia. Australasian Podiatric Surgeon. (2012)


Gilheany, M., An experience of aid missions to South East Asia. Footscape. (2011). p. 2-4. http://www.footscape.com.au/

Zammit G,V. Menz H,B. Munteanu S,E. Landorf K,B. and Gilheany M,F. Interventions for treating osteoarthritis of the big toe joint. Cochrane Database Systematic Review (2010) Sep 8; 9:CD007809

Smith S. Menz H, B. Gilheany M, F. Landorf K, B. Development and reliability of an intra-operative first metatarsophalangeal joint cartilage evaluation tool for use in hallux valgus surgery.  The Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery, 50 (2011) 31-36

McMillan A,M., Landorf K,B., Gilheany M,F., Bird A,R., Morrow A,D. and Menz H,B.  Ultrasound guided injection of dexamethasone versus placebo for treatment of plantar fasciitis: protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, (2010) 3(15)

Gilheany M, F and Borthwick A, M. Recent developments in podiatric prescribing in the UK and Australia. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research (2009) 2:37

Gilheany M, F. and Robinson P.  Is there a role for podiatric surgeons in public hospitals? An audit of surgery to the great toe joint in Victoria, 1999-2003. Australian Health Review, (2009) Vol. 33 No. 4 Pages 690 – 695.

Menz H, B. Gilheany M, F. Landorf K, B.  Foot and ankle surgery in Australia: a descriptive analysis of the Medicare Benefits Schedule database, 1997–2006.Journal of Foot and Ankle Research (2008)1:10

Gilheany M, F. Landorf K, B. and Robinson P. Hallux valgus and hallux rigidus: a comparison of impact on health related quality of life. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research (2008) 1:14

Bours, P. W. and M. F. Gilheany. Subperiosteal Osteoid Osteoma of the talar neck – a case report. Australasian Journal of Podiatric Medicine (2007) 41(3):44 -46.

Bours, P. W. and M. F. Gilheany.  Pyogenic granuloma. An atypical appearance in the foot. Australasian Journal of Podiatric Medicine (2007) 41(1): 13 -16.

Bours, P. W. and M. F. Gilheany.  Ankle arthroplasty in a patient with concomitant osteochondral lesion of the talar dome and haemochromatosis. Australasian Journal of Podiatric Medicine (2007) 41(2): 32 -35.

Smith, S. Tinley, P. Gilheany, M. Grills, B. Kingsford, A. The inferior calcaneal spur. Anatomical and histological considerations. (2007)The Foot 17: 25 – 31.

Gilheany, M. F. and A. V. Essen. Report to Productivity Commission – Health Workforce Study. Australasian College of Podiatric Surgeons. (2005)

Gilheany, M. Health Policy – can the organisational change literature provide assistance to the podiatry profession? Australasian Journal of Podiatric Medicine (2003) 37(1).

Gilheany, M.F.  1st MTP Joint Surgery “Health Outcome Measurement”. Australian Podiatry Council Conference Proceedings. (2003). Perth

Gilheany, M. F.  Injuries to the Anterior Process of the Calcaneus. The Foot (2002) 212(3).

Gilheany M.F. Intra – articular calcaneal fractures. Australian Podiatry Council Conference Proceedings (1998) Vol 2, (18) 67-75.

Gilheany M.F.  Metatarsus Adducto Varus Australian Podiatry Council Conference Proceedings (1996) Vol 1, (17) 85-90.

Gilheany M.F. (1996) Sesamoiditis – A New Classification System and Surgical Management Australian Podiatry Council Conference Proceedings (1996) Vol 1, (17) 91-94.

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