Georgina CALLAGHAN-TAY, BSc.(Hons.)
Senior Podiatrist & Head of Department
Hon. Secretary of the Association of Podiatric Medicine (Singapore)
Member of the U.K. Health & Care Professions Council
Nationality: British | Languages: English
Related Experience: Podiatrist in Singapore General Hospital, Podiatrist in National Healthcare Group of Polyclinics Singapore
Clinical Interests: Paediatric Walking Disorders / Dermatological Skin & Nail Conditions / Diabetic Foot Neuropathy & Wounds
Georgina is a Podiatrist from the U.K. who began her initial years of practicing in Singapore by first serving in SGH. This was followed by a stint at NHG polyclinics before going into private practice to co-found East Coast Podiatry.
Georgina focuses her practice on high intensity conservative treatments that have been widely received as a new gold standard in the community for non-surgical treatments. Georgina also treats highly complex cases such as drop foot, walking issues caused by cerebral palsy and patients with special needs. She consults patients from all over the world who travel to Singapore for clinical advice and treatment at East Coast Podiatry.
As a young mother, Georgina’s interest in paediatric cases has only amplified, and her passion for paediatric cases and children with special needs has only grown. She also maintains a special interest in all generalized lower limb conditions including arthritis, forefoot pain and chronic musculoskeletal pains. As a co-founder at Singapore Diabetic Foot Centre, Georgina’s mandated mission is salvaging diabetic limbs and helping diabetic patients avoid amputations.
Georgina contributes to the profession through workshops, community events and publishing articles for public education in magazines and news platforms. Having won multiple awards during her service period in public sector, Georgina has continued her community work in private practice, leading her team to participate in pro-bono screenings for students in schools and the less fortunate.
She is also trained and certified in medical shockwave applications from the International Society of Medical Shockwave Treatments.
Paediatric Podiatry/Early Intervention
“Children’s feet are mostly formed of cartilage at 0-2 years old. This makes them small and malleable for intervention. As the child ages, the structures in the foot develop and become less flexible. Over time, this means that addressing certain conditions such as flat foot, in-toeing or out-toeing becomes less likely to succeed. I firmly believe that early intervention is key to any issue with the foot, ankle or body. If you see a problem developing, you shouldn’t think about what to do or wait and see, you should go and get it fixed. The earlier a problem is addressed the higher the success rate of treatment and healing.”
Ankle Instability & Sprains
“After I became a mother, I came across a quote, ‘the human body can create a baby in 9 months and within a year be back to almost normal but sprain your ankle once and it will never feel the same’, and found it to be exceedingly true. Once you’ve suffered from a sprain, the likelihood of subsequent sprains increases dramatically. This means that preventing these sprains and restabilising the ankle is critical for treatment. Through a combination of podiatric treatment methods, you can avoid the need for surgical intervention and enjoy a full range of motion.”
Lower Limb Pain & Discomfort
“All pain should be investigated and treated if necessary. Neglecting the issue allows it to worsen, making more aggressive and complex treatment necessary in the long run. If neglected for sufficiently long, surgical intervention may be the only option. As a podiatrist, my approach is to address conditions as soon as possible, allowing the patient to maintain their lifestyle unchanged. Sometimes these pains and discomforts are a sign of more serious chronic conditions such as diabetes or cancer, so assessment and treatment should not be delayed or ignored.”
Originally from England, Georgina received her training from the University of Salford U.K. where she graduated with honours in Podiatric Medicine. She is the co-founder of East Coast Podiatry and Singapore Diabetic Foot Centre. Having been in both public and private practice, Georgina has developed herself into a well-rounded practitioner. Today, Georgina is driven by her desire to advance podiatric standards in Singapore through her focus in ‘High-Intensity Conservative Treatment’ methods and her long list of educational videos in lower limb health.
Georgina had undergraduate work experience at the U.K. National Health Services before moving to Singapore to serve at the Singapore General Hospital. Moving from tertiary care to primary care, Georgina worked within community care settings at the National Healthcare Group of Polyclinics (NHGP), where she was active in public health awareness campaigns and assisted in setting up and running new high-risk lower limb services.
East Coast Podiatry is the product of Georgina’s dream of a high-quality podiatry service. As Head of Department, Georgina oversees the clinical aspect of the group practice with her team of senior podiatrists.
Georgina is a new mother and has settled down in Singapore as a Permanent Resident with her Singaporean husband and daughter. She remains a licensed and registered member of the UK Health Professions Council (HCPC).
Fast Facts About Customised Insoles
Customised Foot Orthotics are medical devices designed for an individual’s specific walking or postural needs. These devices are used to facilitate correct foot function and can be divided into two general categories, functional and accommodative.
Functional Orthotics are used to support and correct the foot or other parts of the lower limb in order to facilitate ideal gait patterns, making them suitable for treating conditions such as ankle pain or bursitis.
Accommodative Orthotics focus on providing cushioning for an area of injury, and are used in the treatment of conditions such as diabetic foot ulcers and Charcot foot.
Fast Facts About Hypermobility
Hypermobility is a common condition where the a person’s joints are able to move easily beyond the medically accepted normal range. Hypermobility is more common in children, and is referred to as double-jointed, ligamentous laxity, or loose joints.
Hypermobility is often inherited and can lead to painful joints across the body due to excessive range of motion during activities. This condition also often leads to increased incidences of sprains and injuries, especially in the lower limbs. More extreme cases of hypermobility are Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Down Syndrome and Marfan Syndrome.
What can podiatrists do for babies?
Even at a young age, children can show signs of abnormal lower limb developments. As a result, it is crucial for parents to educate themselves on the signs and consult a podiatrist before the condition has time to worsen.
Children may be unable to or unreliable when it comes to mentioning their discomfort, so parents need to be vigilant about their child’s health. Some of the foot conditions common in children include pigeon-toeing, knock knees, and toe-walking.
In this interview with The New Paper, Georgina talks about the importance of adhering to your podiatrist’s instructions as well as what podiatrists are expected to do and what sort of treatments you might expect as a patient.
It is critically important to follow your podiatrist’s instructions as failing to do so can cause your treatment plan to be less effective or even worsen your condition.
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