Ari Tria DZULKIFLE, BSc.(Hons.)
Member of the Association of Podiatric Medicine (Singapore)
Member of the U.K. Health & Care Professions Council
Nationality: Brunei | Languages: English / Bahasa Melayu
Related Experience: Podiatrist & Deputy Head of Podiatry, Brunei Hospital
Clinical Interests: Paediatric Walking Disorders / Heel & Forefoot Pain / Sports Injuries
Prior to joining East Coast Podiatry, Ari spent almost a decade at the main specialist hospital in her home country of Brunei. As one of the four pioneer podiatrists in Brunei, Ari was responsible for multiple aspects of practice including the training and oversight of new podiatrists, handling complex diabetic foot cases and working closely with orthopaedic surgeons, endocrinologists and geriatric specialists.
In Singapore, Ari has continued to be a pioneer in her practice at East Coast Podiatry. After co-founding the Singapore Diabetic Foot Centre, Ari has since focused her practice on working with children at East Coast Podiatry’s specialised paediatric branch in Kembangan. As an experienced practitioner, Ari has developed a keen understanding of how podiatry interacts with other specialist fields of medicine, making her highly suitable for patients with more complex medical conditions. Ari’s clear affection for children has also been very impressionable with many families, making her greatly popular amongst parents with young kids.
Ari is also a certified practitioner in medical shockwave applications from the International Society of Medical Shockwave Treatments.
Heel & Forefoot Pain
“Pain in the foot is not normal. Many people try to “walk it off”, and often only go to a doctor when the pain is unbearable or when it has affected their daily activities such as having to limp. Foot pain should be treated earlier to prevent reoccurrence, rather than treating the condition only when it has entered the chronic stage. Homemakers or working professionals such as teachers or nurses may think foot pain is common or natural as they fail to realise that the condition is treatable and that there is no need to struggle with pain daily.”
Paediatric Walking Disorders
“Paediatric foot cases are more complex due to the constant growth of a child’s foot. Appropriate diagnosis and treatments for children is always not as straightforward as it is for adults. A child’s foot takes time to develop and thus, treatment for a child is also a process that will take time. Seeking treatment early is ideal for children as their feet are still growing and can be more easily guided and corrected.
For example, children who constantly trip or fall may be considered clumsy or careless by their parents however these children may be suffering from a correctable medical condition known as in-toeing. Another example is flat foot. While it is a common issue that most parents are familiar with, they are unfamiliar of the causes for flat foot as well as the potential conditions that it may cause.”
“While “healthy living” is often seen as a cliché, it is a growing trend in Singapore. Singaporeans are becoming increasingly active, with many of my patients involved in sports like netball, badminton, basketball, long distance running, or dance regardless of age or gender. This increase in exercise habits has also been accompanied by an increase in injuries, but many sportspersons avoid seeing a clinical professional as they are under the mistaken impression that their treatment options will usually be a prescription of painkillers and being told to halt exercise to allow healing.
Our approach at East Coast Podiatry surprises them as we treat injuries as soon as possible in order to encourage and enhance the body’s natural healing processes. This cuts down on time out of action and allows them to continue training and competing without minimal disruption.”
Ari obtained her clinical experience at the University Wales Institute located in Cardiff, UK, and Brunei. During the latter stint, she also held both clinical and senior administrative roles at the Bruneian Ministry of Health. Her decade of clinical experience has made her familiar with various podiatric clinical settings and procedures from different parts of the world.
During her time at the main specialist referral hospital in Brunei, Ari worked closely with orthopaedic surgeons, endocrinologists and geriatric specialists, handling complex cases such as leg and foot wound management related to diabetic complications daily. Today, Ari continues to maintain a special interest in the management of high-risk patient care, including patients with rheumatoid arthritis and other underlying chronic conditions.
On top of being responsible for the supervision of undergraduate podiatry students at her hospital in Brunei, Ari also lectured post-graduate medical doctors, nurses, and other allied health professionals on the management of foot and ankle conditions.
Being a keen health educator, Ari was often invited to radio and TV talk shows to educate the public on general foot health. Ari also regularly contributed her time and skills as a volunteer-podiatrist for the “Fit-Feet” programme under the Special Olympics Asia Pacific (Brunei) to promote proper foot health among children with learning disabilities. Today, as senior podiatrist at East Coast Podiatry, Ari continues contributing to the community by featuring in educational videos where she explains foot conditions to a broader audience.
Podiatrist Treats Neuritis of the Plantar Nerve
Plantar Nerves are nerves that run at the bottom of the foot. Neuritis is the inflammation of these nerves, and can cause a variety of symptoms including such as pain, pins and needles, muscle spasms, numbness, or buzzing and tingling sensations. With the use of specialised technologies such as the Super Inductive System, our podiatrists are able to address these symptoms, reducing the pain and sensations.
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