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Abdullah Sani Kamis


Podiatrist Sani | East Coast Podiatry

Senior Podiatrist

MSc (UK), BSc (Hons) (UK), MFPM RCPS (Glasg)
Member of the U.K. Healthcare Professions Council, Podiatry Association of Singapore and Member of Faculty of Podiatric Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow)

 

From: Brunei
Specialisation:  Rheumatology
Clinical Interest: Arthritis of the Foot, Pediatric Foot Disorders

Spoken Languages: English, Malay, Bahasa Indonesia, Tagalog

Consults at: Orchard branch & Novena branch

 

INTRODUCTION

Sani’s passionate for Podiatry stems from it being the forefront of today’s clinical excellence for foot studies, through his decade-long of clinical training and research studies he continues to be intrigued by how techniques for treatment of the foot keeps advancing day by day. Sani is passionate about the clinical world today as it is adapting to latest trends in technology in ensuring effective and efficient delivery of care.

 

BACKGROUND

As a registered and licensed podiatrist, Sani spent over a decade in the UK gaining clinical and research experience in the areas of lower limb pathologies and specifically rheumatology.

 

During his early days of training as a podiatrist in the UK, he was fascinated by how intricate the structures and functions of the foot were. From learning anatomy through cadaveric dissections, it enabled him to understand the structures and functions of the foot in greater detail. In the final year of his undergraduate training, he was exposed to a variety of conditions, from general podiatric conditions such as plantar fasciitis to more complex cases related to wounds and other conditions associated with chronic underlying medical conditions such as diabetes and rheumatological problems. Most of the training was carried out within the UK NHS health service as well as private practice setting.

 

Sani has carried out several research activities such as investigating clinicians’ competency in analyzing the quality of lower limb vascular status. A research that emphasizes more on the importance of healthy vascular status as it may affect a person’s overall health and well-being. Sani focused his research towards his clinical interest in rheumatology. His motivation is due to a lack of research in the care of people with foot problems associated with rheumatological conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. Apart from rheumatoid arthritis, Sani is also actively looking into the management of gout as the condition seems to be on the rise as of late.

 

TRAINING

Sani’s clinical training in the UK started at the Leaf Hospital, Eastbourne, a town which is mainly an elderly population. During this time, Sani was exposed to various conditions that affect the feet of the older generations, and ways to manage complex underlying cases such as those with dependent conditions like Alzheimer and dementia.

 

Sani served in NHS clinical placements around the London area and the South-east of England including the University of London and the King’s Diabetic Foot Clinic which is the Centre of Excellence for diabetic foot treatment.

 

Throughout the training, Sani saw many general foot conditions that include skin, nails and musculoskeletal related issues with different complexities. This includes understanding the surgical management when dealing with bunions and various surgical foot conditions.

 

However, as a podiatrist, Sani strongly believes in exhausting conservative treatment options before offering surgical options as conservative has lower risk of irreversible side effects and complications. Conservative treatment would include offering medical orthotics, physical and electro-therapy modalities as well as lifestyle modifications.

 

Being trained in the west, Sani understands the possible concerns in adapting the western health care system into the Asian health care system such as his hometown in Brunei. For this, he occupied his summer breaks working at the only podiatry unit in Brunei to understand and integrate the western-based training into the local Asian health care system. This mainly focused on understanding the culture, health care delivery system and identifying difference is cases presentations as weather and humidity have an influence on certain problems especially related to the skin.

 

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

Prior to being a part of East Coast Podiatry, Sani was a researcher in an academic university. Through this, he developed an expansive network of experts in dealing with various kinds of foot problems. Through this network, Sani often taps on his network of clinical expert colleagues to discuss and obtain external advice on rare and complex conditions. Sani is a firm believer of the saying, “it is a lifetime of learning in medical practice”. Sani also served as a clinical tutor at the Leaf Hospital, University of Brighton, UK.

 

His clinical interests are in rheumatology, podo-paediatrics (children’s feet) and biomechanics of the foot. This interest has led him to carry out post-graduate studies in rheumatology and worked towards his doctoral study in rheumatology podiatry.

 

In 2015, Sani Kamis was admitted to as a member of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow. This prestigious award is a recognition of his contribution in the world of podiatry through clinical and research experience. Through this membership, he is able to regularly update his podiatric knowledge, clinical skills, and network with podiatry experts from all over the world.

 

With passion for promoting healthy feet and the podiatry profession, Sani continues to promote awareness on the importance of maintaining healthy feet through regular foot health assessment by qualified podiatrists. He believes regular foot health checkable to minimize irreversible complications such as deformities and disabilities.

 

From 2008, Sani has been a volunteer for the Special Olympics Asia Pacific (Brunei) under the “Fit-Feet” program to promote proper foot health among children with learning disabilities. This also gave him the confidence and skills in managing people with special needs and understand their associated conditions better.