Podiatry is a specialised field in healthcare that focuses on the foot, ankle and associated structures of the lower limbs. It is an internationally recognised and licensed branch of Western medicine in most developed countries.
A podiatrist is specifically trained to prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate abnormalities of the lower extremities. Their aim is to quickly restore optimal foot health and proper leg function with the goal of preventing painful complications and the possible loss of mobility.
In countries such as Singapore, U.K. and Australia, Podiatry is classed as an Allied Health profession. It is an outpatient service that is found in local public hospitals (such as CGH, NUH, SGH, and TTSH), polyclinics, private hospitals or private clinics.
Podiatrists in Singapore mainly focus on non-invasive methods to address foot problems that can be treated with conservative options, and we work closely with medical doctors and surgeons for more severe patient cases for pre- and post-surgery rehabilitative care so as to ensure the best clinical outcome for our patients.
Relevant Registrars and Societies:
- UK. Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) –
- UK. College of Podiatry –
- Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) –
- Australian Podiatry Association (ApodA) –
- Singapore’s Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) –
You should consult a podiatrist whenever you have any concerns about your feet or legs, especially if you are experiencing pain as a result of an injury or even during sports and daily activities. Issues treated by podiatrists include, but are not limited to, the list below.
- Podopediatrics (children’s feet)
- Bunions and toe deformities
- Foot and ankle pain
- Prevention of foot alignment problems
- Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Lumps and bumps on the feet
- Footwear advice
- Soft tissue conditions: