Alex Townsend




About Alex Townsend

Alex is skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of problems relating to the foot and ankle but has a special interest in sports injuries, with a particular passion for treating endurance athletes. As a triathlete himself, he enjoys working closely with runners, triathletes and athletes from all sporting backgrounds. He has experience with both amateur and elite athletes.

Volunteering annually at the London Marathon since 2018, Alex is of the few podiatrists selected to work with professionally athletes at the event. He has also volunteered at an extensive number of sporting events both in the UK and abroad. His work in Sports Medicine, together with his contributions to the podiatry profession have earned him a nomination for membership of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in 2020.

Alex’s particular areas of Focus

Alex specialises in Musculoskeletal (MSK) Podiatry and Podiatric Sports Medicine. He qualified with a BSc (Hons) degree in Podiatry from the University of Southampton, where he was Academic President for the course. Following this, in 2019 he completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Podiatric Sports Medicine at Queen Mary University of London.
When not treating patients at The Forge Clinic, Alex holds a Lead MSK Podiatrist role in the NHS for London North West University Healthcare Trust. He has worked closely with Podiatric, Orthopaedic and Vascular Surgeons in acute hospital settings and in the community. Alex’s experience ranges from managing sporting injuries and patients with complex medical needs to working in diabetic multidisciplinary teams and rheumatology departments.

Qualifications/Work Experience
  • BSc(Hons) Podiatry, University of Southampton
  • PGCert Podiatric Sports Medicine, Queen Mary University of London
  • Member of The College of Podiatry
  • Member of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
  • Member of British Association of Sports and Exercise Medicine (BASEM)
  • HCPC registered: CH33870
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Alex is available on Saturdays. To arrange an appointment please call 020 8332 6184 or email info@theforgeclinic.com.






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I have been most impressed with Gareth's ability to quickly and efficiently diagnose the causes of my aches and pains, and treat them with great success. As a triathlete, there are always various niggles that come up, however Gareth has been able to sort them all out for me. I will definitely keep seeing him as my training season goes on.


Underwent physiotherapy with Bridget Burleigh for a problematic knee. A fantastic service, demeanour, and knowledge from Bridget especially during these Covid-safe times. The Forge is fully set-up to deal face to face in a safe manner. Bridget has been nothing but excellent in helping me on the path to recovery including during my relocation to Australia. A word of thanks must go to The Forge front of house reception who are always fantastically helpful too.


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