Georgina CALLAGHAN-TAY, BSc.(Hons.)
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.
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.
“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. 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).
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.
- General treatments (incl. scalpel work for wound debridement)
- Shockwave Therapy (radial, focused)
- Prescription Shoe Insoles (foot orthotics)
- Prescription Ankle Foot Orthotics (for conditions such as drop foot)
- Nail Surgery (minimal invasive technique with phenolisation)
- Ultrasound Diagnostic Scanning
- Sports Taping
- Hons. Podiatry Medicine
- Advanced Medical Shockwave Application (Focused & Radial) ISMST
- Advanced Shockwave Application for fascia conditions
- Advanced clinical assessments for musculoskeletal conditions
- Treating drop foot and ankle deformity conditions with ankle foot orthoses
- Sport Taping for stabilisation and increasing mobile function
- Techniques on advance biomechanics assessment
- Diagnostic ultrasound imaging
- Sports Medicine
- Vascular Conditions of the lower extremity
- Orthopaedic related conditions
- Wound Healing
- Orthotics design
Aubrey Adelson Park