Published 7 May 2019
Podiatry, a medical field dedicated to the lower limbs extending from the pelvis to the feet. Podiatry was developed as our lower limbs are vital for daily functions, yet prone to many problems.
Walking upright is a fundamental trait that makes us human. No other species on earth is able to do this. The Foramen magnum which is part of the brain, through the spinal curve and to the foot was designed for walking, yet no one ever thinks about it. Your Podiatrist does. Podiatrists specialise in walking, as it is often times an unnoticeable walking problem that will lead to lower limb pain.
Over the years research has shown us what is normal and what is abnormal body structure. Many of us inherit or develop what we consider to be abnormal skeletal alignment. Examples of these are flat feet, knock knees, intoeing, and differences in leg length. These misalignments can go unnoticed for many years as the body will compensate for them by manifesting pain in the lower back or limbs. A podiatrist is trained in identifying and addressing these issues.
Podiatry is not a new field, but it is relatively new to South East Asia. Our oldest journal is the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association (JAPMA) and is 112 years old. A medical profession taught in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, America, Canada and certain parts of Europe.
The Family Podiatry Centre was established in 2005 and has 3 branches in Singapore and Malaysia. We are a multidisciplinary clinic focusing on all conditions that affect the lower limbs.