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What is Podiatry?


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

 

Podiatrists analyze 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 recognized and licensed healthcare specialty 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 qualify as foot and ankle surgeons. They have completed a rigorous multi-year hospital residency training.

 

Podiatrists in Singapore can also register as member of the Podiatry Association Singapore. http://www.podiatry.org.sg/

Our Podiatrists are experienced from local government institutions such as SGH and Polyclinics.

 

Excerpt from the website of Singapore General Hospital

 

http://www.sgh.com.sg/Clinical-Departments-Centers/Podiatry/Pages/podiatry-unit.aspx

 

“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 bachelors degree from a recognised university.

What is the difference between an Orthopaedic Surgeon and a Podiatrist?

 

Orthopaedic doctors and podiatrists work very closely together to care for patient’s medical treatments from surgical to rehabilitation.

 

Other fields that work closely with Orthopaedic doctors are :

 

  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Vascular
  • Speech Therapist

An Orthopaedic Surgeon specializes in bone and joint surgery. They are divided into sub-specialties, each one concentrating on a specific part of the human skeleton. There are Orthopaedic Surgeons who specializes in the foot and ankle, but their focus is mainly surgical.

 

They are able to help patients with all sort of minor and major surgical procedure.

 

However, a Podiatrist is a specialist focused on the lower limbs, primarily the foot and ankle. Their specialized 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 adhere to the highest Western medical standards.

Why do I need to see a Podiatrist?

You should see a 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.

 

Professionals who do not specialize 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.

 

Podiatrists can address common foot conditions in aging patients which require regular treatment long-term. We possess the clinical skill and sterilized 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 confuse 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 specialize 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, skillful 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.

 

Our Assurance to our Patients

And if you have any leg, foot or ankle problems but don’t know were to go, come see our Podiatrists. If we ascertain on your first visit that your condition is for another specialty within our centre, you would be rescheduled to see the appropriate specialist for no additional (initial) consultation charge.

 

This is our guarantee to our patients on our professional excellence as a comprehensive specialist centre.

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

 

Biomechanics:

 

Soft tissue conditions: