Adam Philps – Director & Senior Podiatrist
Special interests: Minor Surgery (ingrown nails, warts), Foot & Lower Limb Orthotics, Neurological Conditions.
In recent years, Adam’s keen interest in neurological conditions has led him to make headway in supporting those with conditions like strokes, multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy. He also completed a research paper into the effects of a novel orthotic on those with unstable ankles resulting from Charcot-Marie-Tooth, helping improve their care and management for the long term. His next goal? Expanding his already comprehensive understanding of lower limb bracing and the application of both ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs) and knee-ankle-foot orthoses (KAFOs) to further improve the daily lives of those recovering from traumatic brain injuries, or living with foot drop.
Adam’s journey into podiatry was one motivated by seeing the changes that correct foot and lower-limb care could make to people’s lives, with his own dad being a highly respected podiatrist and podiatric lecturer. Now with over 20 years of experience, Adam continues to lead Masterton Foot Clinic to be the forward-thinking clinic that it is through his drive to never stop learning. He is committed to investing in effective, evidence-based technologies, including everything from the Lunula laser to Shockwave therapy and the EXO-braces, often being the first in NZ to introduce these therapies and thereby enabling his patients to get the very best treatment outcomes. He also started the Wairarapa Ingrown Nail Clinic, a dedicated clinic for ingrown toenail care that follows the best, reliable treatment protocols and evidence to help eliminate this frustrating, painful and often recurring problem.
Adam’s podiatric expertise extends to his own pastimes too. He is a regular gym-goer and enjoys competing in trail-running events such as the Jumbo-Holdsworth race and the Tussock Traverse Trail Run; all of which help to keep him focused, relaxed and fit.
So what can you expect when working with Adam? Aside from a whole-hearted “family man” who loves nothing more than spending time with his three kids, over-achieving wife, and dog, Tui, it’s trustworthiness. “I believe if you say you’ll do something, it’s important to follow through and do it. People place a lot of trust in you as a clinician to do your best for them – I always aim to honour this”.