Podiatrists are healthcare specialists focused on foot and ankle disorders. They are trained to diagnose, treat, and prevent abnormalities of the lower extremities, specifically the foot and ankle. They are frontline health professionals who often first identify the problems, and treat conservatively if possible. Should surgery be required, podiatrists would work closely with surgeons in the patient’s surgical and recovery process.
There are over 4,400 possible conditions on the foot and ankle. It is important to seek the right professionals to address your foot issues.
Our recommended podiatrists in Singapore restore health to the foot and prevent complications that can result in reduced mobility and worsening conditions. Podiatry focuses mainly on non-surgical and preventative treatment; it is a specialty of Western medical healthcare.
Podiatrists can also treat high-risk patients which require a very high degree of skill, knowledge and experience in wound management. This is coupled with experience and understanding of the human biomechanics in consideration of the patient’s musculoskeletal structure, especially with an amputated foot shape and its wound condition.
Our Singapore podiatrists focus specifically on the musculoskeletal system, the feet and lower limbs. Our podiatrists are experts in treating all age groups, seeing patients from the age of two years old to over one-hundred years old.
Our podiatrists are experienced from local government hospitals and Polyclinics.
Excerpt from the website of Singapore General Hospital:
“Podiatry is an allied health profession devoted to the study, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of lower limbs. Podiatrists see people of all ages and from all walks of life.”
The minimum qualification of a podiatrist in Singapore is a degree from a recognised university.
Podiatrists in Singapore can also register as members of the Podiatry Association (Singapore): http://www.podiatry.org.sg/
Doctors of Podiatry Medicine (DPM) are Podiatrists who have trained in the USA as fully qualified foot-and-ankle surgeons. They complete rigorous medical residency programs in hospitals and alongside Medical Doctors, rotating through all hospital departments such as A&E, ICU, Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Neurology, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Dermatology, Radiology, etc. This is in addition to their profession’s emphasis in lower limb care.
An orthopaedic surgeon specialises in the surgery of bones. In simple terms, a highly trained doctor of the human skeleton whose focus is surgical. Some orthopaedic surgeons specialise in the foot and ankle as a subspecialty.
They are able to help patients with all sort of minor and major surgical procedures such as bunions to paediatric reconstructive surgeries.
A podiatrist is a degree-qualified healthcare professional whose focus is the lower limbs, primarily the foot and ankle. The podiatrist’s specific training makes the them also an expert when it comes to foot & ankle rehabilitation needs.
Surgeries that podiatrists do in Singapore extends only to toenail procedures.
You need to see a Podiatrist when you have concerns about your legs, foot or ankle.
If you are experiencing pain in your feet or if you have questions about footwear, foot care or foot function, you should see a Podiatrist.
Often, you would be recommended by a doctor to a Podiatrist for consultation, if you have any long-term or chronic diseases that may affect your feet.
In today’s environment, lifestyle and footwear are completely different from the past. We move about in an urban jungle which can quickly damage our joints, specifically in our feet, ankles, knees, hips and spine.
Taking a preventative approach is always best; patients often see podiatrists for this advice and interventional care, especially as they see how much force goes into their foot joints with every step.
Podiatrists can also assess children from as young as 2 years old for preventative care and early intervention.
Problems or concerns of a child’s feet often require intervention to resolve. They can worsen if they are left alone; delay in treatment can cause long-term irreversible damage.
Our Singapore podiatrists can review, recommend or treat all lower limb problems:
Soft tissue conditions:
As we age, mobility issues or eyesight impairment arises. Many elderly are unable to attend to their own feet. Problems such as these lead to foot neglect and long-term foot care issues which may impact health and reduce quality of life.
Therefore, even if your feet are healthy, keep in mind the feet of your parents and your children. They may need our services.
If you are unsure whether you or your family should see a podiatrist, please contact us and we can clarify your concerns.