Afnan Mohamed Nasser AL MASKARI, BSc. (Hons.)
Member of the Association of Podiatric Medicine (Singapore)
Registered with the U.K. Health & Care Professions Council
Nationality: Oman | Languages: English, Arabic
Clinical Interests: Paediatrics / Bunions / Plantar Fasciitis / Sports Injuries
Afnan is a clinical specialist who focuses in treating athletes for sports injuries, common ailments such as heel pain and bunions through conservative methods. As one of two Muslim female podiatrists in private practice, Afnan is highly sought after by female patients who are more comfortable with a clinician who shares the same faith and gender. In addition, being one of the few Arabic speaking podiatrists in the region, Afnan also sees many patients who travel to Singapore to consult her.
In her clinical practice, Afnan prides herself on achieving fast and effective results with a combination of pulsed electromagnetic therapy and medical shockwave treatments for most common bodily pains. While she treats a wide range of lower limb and musculoskeletal conditions for patients ranging from toddlers to the elderly, Afnan particularly enjoys working paediatric cases with complex foot disorders and walking issues.
Afnan graduated from the Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK) with first class Honours in podiatry and is an honorary recipient of the ‘Talar-Made Award of Endeavour in Podiatry’. She has continued to excel in practice, winning the “Most Outstanding Podiatrist” award at East Coast Podiatry in 2019. Afnan is also trained and certified in medical shockwave applications from the International Society of Medical Shockwave Treatments.
“Paediatric cases can be challenging and require a different consultation approach and personality that is different from dealing with adults. Children have difficulty accurately expressing their discomfort so formulating a treatment plan for children relies on careful attention to detail, consultation of the parents, and a well-rounded approach. Early diagnosis and correction of foot pathologies such as flat feet and juvenile bunions can prevent future foot complications.”
“Most people don’t have perfect feet. I am no exception. In my case, I’ve had bunions since I was young. They didn’t use to hurt, but they grew increasingly uncomfortable after I started practicing boxing and yoga. Through my understanding of biomechanics, I was able to treat my own feet without having to compromise on my lifestyle.
“Plantar fasciitis is often neglected or treated insufficiently. By the time patients come in to see me, they are usually chronic and experiencing worsening pain. Many of my patients have received prior treatment for their condition, but it was incomplete. This further aggravated the injury, causing the condition to deteriorate and affect their daily activities. That’s why I believe in utilising high intensity treatments to attain a full recovery in the shortest time possible.”
“Many of our patients visit our clinics due to various sport injuries. A common mistake is people often neglect stretching and warming up before training. This increases the risk of injury and many who are injured return to the sport before achieving a full recovery, causing their condition to worsen. As an active sportsperson who has previously suffered from a knee injury, I sympathise with the urge to return to physical activities as soon as possible. On top of using top-of-the line equipment and treatment modalities to achieve this for my patients, I also make sure that they understand the injury; patient education plays a big role in recovery and wellness maintenance.”
Afnan is from the country of Oman, she moved to the UK for her University studies where she undertook podiatry training in Wales before relocating to Singapore.
Afnan loves great coffee, greens and being active. She enjoys the outdoors and loves exploring the green side of Singapore by exercising at the various parks or hiking through the National Park trails. She likes travelling, exploring new places and experiences, or simply enjoys spending some of her time with children and taking care of her plants. She also appreciates reading while enjoying a cup of black coffee from her favourite coffee shop.
Afnan remains a licensed clinician with the U.K. HCPC and registered with the Ministry of Health of Singapore.
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