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What is Podiatry?


Podiatry is a specialised field in healthcare that focuses on the foot and ankle. They are highly skilled professionals who are trained to prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate abnormalities of the feet and lower limbs.

 

Podiatrists analyse and diagnose foot and ankle problems, holistically restoring health and function to prevent painful complications and loss of mobility. They help patients avoid ad hoc reactive treatment and costly surgery.

 

Podiatry is an internationally recognised and licensed healthcare speciality which focuses on all pathologies of the foot and ankle. Our Podiatrists are graduates from accredited Podiatry schools in the USA, UK, and Australia, with post-graduate training at major hospitals.

 

Podiatry outpatient clinics are commonly found in most local hospitals such as SGH, CGH, TTSH, NTFH, NUH, KTPH, Mt. Elizabeth and some polyclinics.

Who are Doctors of Podiatry?

 

They are the Podiatrists who are trained in the USA and are fully qualified as foot and ankle surgeons. They have completed a rigorous multi-year hospital residency training.

 

Podiatrists in Singapore can also register as members of the Podiatry Association Singapore.

 

http://www.podiatry.org.sg/

Dr Michael Lai | East Coast Podiatry

Our Podiatrists have experience in Public Hospitals and Polyclinics.

 

“Podiatry is an Allied Health profession devoted to the study, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of lower limbs. Podiatrists see people of all ages and from all walks of life.”

 

Qualifications

The minimum qualification of a podiatrist is a Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university.

Our Podiatrists | East Coast Podiatry

A Podiatrist is a specialist focused on the lower limbs, primarily the foot and ankle. Their specialised training makes the Podiatrists experts when it comes to the foot and ankle as well, but they do not stop at just the bones and joints. Lastly, Podiatrists in Singapore focus on non-surgical, holistic, preventative treatment which nevertheless adheres to the highest Western medical standards.

 

Why do I need to see a Podiatrist?

You should see a recommended Podiatrist whenever you have any concerns about your foot or ankle, especially if you are experiencing pain with daily activities/sports, or if you notice a bone deformity becoming larger.

 

Children Foot Scan | East Coast Podiatry

Professionals who do not specialise in the foot and ankle may not notice and address your problem while it is early and more easily treatable, or they may inadequately treat your problem causing you to live with lingering pain.

 

Many people may be unfamiliar with Podiatry despite its internationally-recognised status as a Western medical specialty. If you feel you need a second opinion on your foot problem, you should see a Podiatrist or ask your doctor for a referral to a Podiatrist.

 

If you are unsure if you or your child needs to see a Podiatrist, contact us and we can answer many of your queries.

Children Foot Scanning | East Coast Podiatry

Podiatrists can address common foot conditions in aging patients which require regular treatment long-term. We possess the clinical skill and sterilised tools to safely and painlessly remove thickened, deformed toenails and hard calluses which the patient’s at-home caretakers cannot manage.

 

We can also holistically address the aging patient’s other foot concerns, such as comfortable footwear to accommodate painful arthritis.

 

Bacterial and fungal infections range from itchy and unsightly athlete’s foot (foot fungus) to dangerous and life-threatening necrotising fasciitis (wet gangrene). The bewildering range of possible conditions often confuses non-specialist doctors. When you feel that you need an expert opinion regarding something on your foot, always consult the correct specialist.

Wound care is a large part of a podiatrist’s training. We specialise in treating difficult, chronic wounds such as diabetic ulcers and ischemic ulcers. This may involve selecting the most appropriate dressings to kick-start wound healing, skilful sharp debridement of unviable wound debris, and use of special footwear to offload wounded areas.

 

The podiatrist is a specialist in the multidisciplinary framework of wound care; we will refer the wound patient promptly and correctly when more urgent treatment is needed.

 

Fungal Nail GJC | East Coast Podiatry

A Podiatrist can treat or advise you on all medical conditions in relation to the lower limbs.

 

Biomechanics:

 

Soft tissue conditions: