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Sufferers of plantar fasciitis often complain of pain as soon their foot touches the ground first thing in the morning, akin to a sharp stabbing sensation at the… ... See MoreSee Less

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A well made insole will conform to your foot, feel comfortable,
alleviate pain and most importantly fit in your shoe. Unfortunately insoles with poor design features will have the opposite effect, leaving the user in pain and frustrated.

The term Orthoses (insoles) derives from the greek word to “straighten”. There are a bewildering array of devices, designed to support the feet, ranging from over the counter insoles to medical grade custom insoles, each utilising different materials, shapes and design features.

Our posture and gait are determined by a variety of factors, such as age, gender, weight, ethnicity, occupation, lifestyle, disease and footwear. These factors then determine the alignment of joints when standing, walking or running. If the joints are misaligned, small subtle changes occur over time leading to joint damage and pain.

An insole will alleviate this misalignment by helping to support the
foot into a correctly aligned position, as well as providing cushioning to sensitive joints.

Any insole will have an effect on gait and posture. The difference lies in how much of an effect, and whether it is beneficial, or in some cases detrimental.

The difference between an over the counter insole to a custom insole is akin to buying an off the rack wedding dress versus a tailor made wedding dress. Both perform the same function, but comfort, design and overall satisfaction is determined by the skill of the person involved in its creation.

With that in mind, the overall benefit to your foot by the insole you
use will be determined largely by who has prescribed it. Due to the training they receive, Podiatrists are in a unique position to not only assess your gait, but also to determine and create the correct insole for your needs, whether for a child, a working adult or an athlete. No other healthcare profession has this unique combination of skills.

A Podiatrist can assess whether you need an insole or not, and if so, incorporate the requisite features that are appropriate to your needs.
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We focus in non-surgical treatment options for various types of foot pain such as Heel Pain, Bunions, Flat Feet, Insoles and Toenail complications. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you Podiatry Association for Organising the Lou Hei event !

#EastCoastPodiatry #Podiatry
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Thank you Podiatry Association for Organising the Lou Hei event ! #EastCoastPodiatry #Podiatry

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Yes... Even Podiatrists sometimes do wear high heels !

High heel shoes may not be good for your feet but it is inevitable that in our everyday personal and work life, high heel shoes may be a needed accessory.

The many types of feet pain and problems that may arise from prolonged period of wearing these shoes are common.

In our practice we see many ladies with common conditions like bunions or heel pain. We try non-surgical options first but if surgery is recommended, then going to the right orthopaedic doctor is important !

We ladies want to wear our pretty shoes, there are ways to be free of pain and still wear the shoes we want.

by Podiatrists Georgina Callaghan & Emily Mah
East Coast Podiatry Centre

#podiatrist #podiatrysingapore #highheels #bunions #heelpain #plantarfasciitis
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Many parents are not aware that they can take their child to see a Podiatrist for foot conditions or walking and standing problems. ... See MoreSee Less

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BUNIONS at a Young Age ?

"It is possible to develop bunions at a young age, research shows that bunions run in families. It is due to hereditary factor as well as environmental factors.

It can also skip generations, for example: a woman might have bunions, her daughter may not get bunions but her granddaughter might get bunions.

A concerned mother who has bunions and knee pain came to see us with concerns of her daughter developing similar conditions as hers. So we employ preventative measures at her young age. Properly designed medical grade orthoses with appropriate footwear is key.

Our Podiatry Team is extremely popular with families with young children. Our specialists are highly skilled with flat foot, juvenile bunions, toe walking, in-toeing and out-toeing.

We excel in treating special needs children with varied neurological conditions or abnormal gaits (connective tissue disorders, cerebral palsy, ADHD, autism, dyspraxia, down syndrome and etc.)"

- Georgina Callaghan-Tay, Founder & Senior Podiatrist

Watch our videos on YouTube to learn more:

or search in YouTube: Podiatry Singapore
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I gained 14kg over one and a half years, but subsequently lost 12kg the last 6 months. There are a couple key things that helped, and one of them was getting proper insoles fitted by a podiatrist (not...

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Foot problems affect the whole family!

Your flat feet, the bunions your mom has, and the foot pain your child is complaining about are not coincidences. Many foot and ankle concerns are genetically predisposed, often found in more than one member of the family.

As podiatrists, we can correct children’s walking patterns and postural development through footwear and orthotic support. Early correction prevents more significant problems as an adult.With older children and teenagers, competitive sports and fashionable shoe choice become more important variables.

With working adults, rigid textbook treatment plans would almost always conflict with occupational demands, regulated shoes, and simply the need to look great.

As frontline specialists, we have ample experience in being flexible to our patients’ lifestyles without compromising on treatment outcomes. As middle age hits, the aches set in.

As podiatrists we keep your feet comfortable and we maintain your mobility, able to do everything you want: stylish shoes, sports, trips and travelling. Podiatry can encompass generations, from infants to elderly. It is both family medicine and specialist care.

by Podiatrist Georgina Callaghan-Tay
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These Heels are made for Walking - by Podiatrist Emily Mah

As Jessica Simpson sang about her boots that were made for walking, pretty heels are also made for walking. They are meant to make you feel comfortable and confident. So why then do some girls instead find themselves in pain, clumsiness and awkwardness when putting on a pair of three-inches?

One thing to note is that, one size does not fit all. As no two zebras have the same stripes, we each have differing sets of feet. Even our left foot can differ from our right. Alessandra Ambrosio struts confidently and painlessly in 5-inch Jimmy Choos because her foot-type allows her to do so. Unfortunately, not everyone was made to walk that way.

Taking into account different heel heights and the impact they have to the body can help you pick out just the pair for you.

Flats (0 to 1 inch)
Ups: Comfortable, casual, fuss-free. They look great paired with denim shorts, floral sundresses, A-line office skirts - just about everything!

Downs: Toes claw to keep the shoes in place with every step taken. This overworks you’re the tendons and muscles at the top of your feet. A fixed deformity called hammertoes can also occur from this. Also, soft, thin ballet flats offer no shock-absorbance or support to your feet.

Kitten Heels (1.5 to 3 inches)
Ups: Improves the contour of your calves and other muscles in the legs. Slip on a pair to look effortlessly chic and classy at the same time. Kitten heels won’t just boost your height but your confidence too!

Downs: Corns and calluses develop quickly with these shoes as they often have a narrow toe box. Fitting your toes into a narrow space also causes excessive lateral compression potentially leading to neuromas, bunions, damaged or ingrown nails.

High heels (more than 3 inches)
Ups: There is nothing more elegant and sexy as a pair of stilettos. Shoes as such adorn the high streets of Orchard Road, Clarke Quay on Friday nights and special occasions up at the Marina Bay Sands.
Who ever said less is more?

Downs: The further you are away from the ground, ankle instability occurs which makes one more prone to falls and inversion sprains. The forefoot and knees are also forced to endure a significant amount of increased pressure leading to early osteoarthritis. Long-term use can cause muscular, tendon and bony problems.

If unsure, always start low before hitting the highs. Remember that all shoes, including high heels, are meant to feel like second skin. Choose your shoes wisely!

- Emily Mah is a Podiatrist at East Coast Podiatry Centre
She is known for her precision in toe nail surgery and her other specialty interests include heel pain and knee pain problems.
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Can shoe insoles help you stand taller ?

Foot Orthoses help achieve maximum height by supporting collapsed arch (flat foot). Dr. Michael Lai explains with this video.
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