Alfred Gatt has been a practicing podiatrist since 1986. For twenty years, he has been Manager of Podiatry services in Malta, where he was responsible for both strategic planning and daily administration of the service across the Maltese islands. Throughout these years, he was instrumental in building the profession, from a single clinic to multi-centre facilities within all Primary Health Centres, general and specialist hospitals, geriatric hospitals and homes. He has created specialized services including a Biomechanical Gait Analysis Service, Diabetes Foot Clinics and a Rheumatology Clinic within the National Health Service. He also started the first diabetes foot screening services in June 2010.
In 2003 Alfred obtained a Master’s Degree in Podiatry from University of Brighton and a PhD in Clinical Biomechanics from Staffordshire University in 2012. His main work centres around ankle joint biomechanics, gait analysis and thermography. Since 2010 he has devoted his work full-time to academia, where he teaches mainly Podiatric Biomechanics. He leads a Master’s programme in Clinical Biomechanics and supervises research at undergraduate, Masters and PhD levels.
He is founding President of the Association of Podiatrists of Malta, the Diabetes Foot Research Group at the University of Malta and Maltese Health Professionals in Rheumatology. Presently he is President of ENPODHE – the European Network of Podiatry in Higher Education. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.
Throughout his career, he has maintained patient contact by running his own private clinic which specializes in podiatric biomechanics and provision of custom foot orthoses utilizing the latest technologies, ranging form 3d scanning to CADCAM and 3d printed orthoses.