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Podiatrists are clinicians who specialize in lower limb disorders, specifically the foot and ankle.
They focus primarily on conditions such as flat feet, common foot pain, walking abnormalities, skin and nail conditions as well as diabetic foot problems.
As front line specialists, Podiatrists adopt non-invasive treatment methods and preventative measures to avoid the need for surgery. For conditions that require surgical intervention, Podiatrists work closely with medical surgeons to manage rehabilitation and to provide
MUCH EASIER TO TREAT AT AN EARLY STAGE
This is often termed as inflammation of the heel. It is important to assess if the condition is acute or chronic.
Depending on severity, plantar fasciitis can be cured with surgery or non-surgical methods
THE SPUR ITSELF DOES NOT CAUSE PAIN
However, it is the aggravation or degeneration of the tissues surrounding the spur. Complete pain relief with conservative methods is possible
A COMPLEX CONDITION NEEDING ASSESSMENT
MAY FEEL LIKE WALKING ON PEBBLES
PREVENTABLE & MAINTAINABLE
A musculoskeletal deformity of the big toe joint. It arises from untreated biomechanical dysfunction of the foot. The deformity can start at any age, even in childhood. If untreated, the bunion will become more severe over time.
SURGERY AS CORRECTIVE MEASURE
There is a range of surgical options for correcting bunion deformities, from reconstructive foot surgery to minimal-incision. To reverse the existing bone deformity through surgery, consult with one of our recommended foot-and-ankle specialised orthopaedic surgeons.
LADIES CAN WEAR HEELS COMFORTABLY
It just takes a little bit of Podiatric knowledge and guidance to keep you pain free. Podiatrists work to keep your heels high but your deformities low.
WEAK ANKLE CAUSES INSTABILITY
Injuries around the ankle joint often become chronic because the area is hypovascular (reduced blood flow). If the repeated ankle sprains happen, chronic ankle instability may develop. Usually, the ankle gives way while walking or doing other activities, but it can also happen while standing. Many athletes, as well as others, suffer from chronic ankle instability.
A RUPTURE COULD LEAD TO IMMEDIATE SURGERY
Pain above the heel bone and radiating up the back of the leg towards the calf could signify Achilles tendonitis. This is an inflammation of the Achilles tendon. It is a priority condition and should not be ignored. If left untreated, a rupture could happen.
This condition is difficult to treat and often requires a lower limb specialist team of podiatry, physiotherapy and orthopaedic surgeon. If it does not heal then surgery would be required.
If patients go on living with micro-trauma in their achilles tendon, they may end up with tendon rupture. Severely damaged or ruptured tendons means inability to walk without surgical repair of the tendon.
PAIN ON THE FRONT SIDE OF THE LOWER LEG
Due to sudden increase of high impact activity. Dancers, racquet-sport players and runners are commonly affected by this. The problem stems from the feet, affecting specific tendons and muscles.
Leg Length discrepancies are common. This is a difference in the length of each leg that leads to lower back pain, foot pain, limping and walking abnormalities. Not addressing the leg length difference results in early joint degeneration.
PAIN MAY BE THE FIRST SIGN OF INJURY OR LAST SIGN OF DAMAGE.
If your legs and feet are running/working in poor alignment, you will be wearing out your joints prematurely. You become more prone to injuries around the feet, knees, hips, and spine.
KNEE OVERUSE LEADS TO INJURIES
Runner's knee refers to a number of overuse injuries involving pain around the kneecap. Delaying treatment may cause further injury or degeneration of tissue.
SWELLING OR INFLAMMATION
The bursa, a small fluid-filled pad-like sac in your knee can get inflammed. Pain will ensue, and occasionally, the bursa can get infected. A comprehensive examination is highly recommended.
For severe injuries or advanced joint damage, orthopaedic surgery may be required. Our orthopaedic surgeons have extensive training and experience in knee repair.
CUSTOMIZED STRUCTURAL SUPPORT
Most people have a gap under the arch of their foot when they are standing. People with flat feet or fallen arches either have no arch, or it is very low. This may cause pain, or other musculoskeletal issues. Usually flat foot conditions can be improved and maintained with properly fitted orthotics.
If the flat feet do not improve, surgery may be an option. Factors for consideration include the presentation of the flat foot, previous treatments offered and the symptoms experienced.
SUPPORT FOR HIGH ARCHES
Foot pain due to a high arch may cause limitations in movement and function. Pressure on the foot needs to be reduced and redistributed. This can be done with specialized insoles orthotics.
Orthotics are medical devices for your feet where podiatrists must take many factors into consideration before issuing. Fully customized orthotics provide the best support, improving your walk, and preventing future problems.
SUPPORTING SURGICAL RESULTS
Changes in the foot can occur, sometimes in structure, sometimes in function, or both. The podiatrist needs to perform a post-operative biomechanical examination and a new orthotic device may have to be fabricated.
SPORTS OPTIONS AVAILABLE
Depending on type of sports and use, orthotics can be slim and robust for everyday training or as thin as 1mm for optimum performance with use in competition or race.
Military and service feet endure long hours of high intensity labour. Singapore’s service personnel are susceptible to flatfoot, lower limb injuries or aggressive infections. Don’t let your feet be your downfall, serve in comfort with enhanced performance through podiatry care.
PREVENTING FOOT ULCERS
Prevention of feet wounds developing or recurring is essential for diabetic patients. Using orthotics to redistribute foot pressure aids in prevention, and can save feet from unnecessary amputation and infection.
SHOCKWAVE FOR THE FOOT, KNEE AND ANKLE
Also known as shockwave therapy, ESWT is an effective and medically proven treatment to address problems of the tendon, ligament and muscle. For many such problems, it is an alternative solution to surgery. The acoustic waves target the soft tissues, with effects such as inducing healing and improving blood flow.
STIMULATION OF TISSUE HEALING
This treatment causes healing beneath the skin's surface using very high frequency sound waves. The sound waves induce increased local metabolism, circulation, extensibility of connective tissue and tissue regeneration.
SAFE AND EFFECTIVE FUNGAL NAIL THERAPY
Human cells do not have a cell wall, but fungal cells do. Photodynamic gel is applied to the foot, and PACT (Photodynamic Anti-Microbial and Anti-Mycotic Therapy) light is introduced. A local chemical effect is produced, attacking the cell wall of the fungus. Growth of the fungus is stopped and this results in the destruction of the fungus.
HELPS TO MAINTAIN STABILITY
Stability of bones and muscles during daily and athletic activity is important. The podiatrist will use the tape to physically support and keep in place the muscles and bones at a certain position.
EARLY ASSESSMENT REQUIRED
Children may not be able to give good feedback about pain in their lower limbs, so parents need to look for clues such as reluctance to play, increased frequency in asking to be picked up, or withdrawal from sports activities.
REMODELING OF THE FOOT
The foot can be returned to a more normal alignment through a biomechanical assessment and customized insoles.
CHECK UNDERLYING ISSUES
To a certain extent, this may be normal in growing children. But if you notice that it persists over a period of time, it is best to bring your child for assessment and treatment.
PRIORITIZE STABILITY AND FLEXIBILITY
These are important factors for consideration when choosing school shoes and other footwear for children. Shoes should be lightweight while providing a stable base of support and flexible to support natural foot movement.
FUNGAL GROWTH THAT CAN SPREAD
Fungal nail infections are stubborn and resist many generic forms of treatment. They are unsightly and difficult to trim, and can spread to other nails and other family members. Seek treatment early to prevent infection spread.
SHARP PAIN FROM NAIL EDGES
Ingrown nails occur when the edges of a nail become imbedded under the skin, causing pain, inflammation, and even infection. If inadequately treated, they can recur again and again, and never truly go away. For infected or severe ingrown toenails, the problem can be permanently resolved with a safe and minor surgical procedure.
These are hard, grainy growths on your feet caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). They may resemble a cauliflower, with little black dots inside. Plantar warts bury themselves into the top layer of skin and are highly infectious - one lesion may quickly multiply.
BACTERIAL AND FUNGAL INFECTION
Foot rot occurs due to the exposure of feet to prolonged damp and unsanitary conditions. It can be caused by many different organisms such as mycobacteria. Prompt cleansing and treatment can address foot rot, but if left uncleansed and untreated, the lesions may worsen or expand.
CONTAGIOUS FUNGAL INFECTION
Athlete's foot can be spread from person to person, or by walking barefoot in public places like swimming pools and gyms. Consult a podiatrist if an apparent foot fungal problem does not respond to proper foot hygiene after two weeks.
DIABETIC FOOT COMPLICATIONS
For diabetics, the feet is one of the major body parts at risk. Proper long-term foot care and maintenance can reduce the possibilities of serious illness due to foot complications and amputations. Prompt response to diabetic feet wounds and ulcers is also necessary as the healing ability of the body is already impaired by the diabetes.
Comprehensive podiatric preventive treatment as well as wound-care services can help to keep diabetic feet healthy.
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podiatry knowledge and guidance to keep you pain free. Podiatrists work to keep your heels high but your deformities low. Maintain your foot health and lifestyle by seeing your podiatrist for...
Podiatrists treat a wide range of lower limb disorders ranging from Musculoskeletal to Soft Tissue conditions.
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