FOOT AND ANKLE

Dr Siow Hua Ming is an Orthopaedic Consultant who is highly qualified to diagnose and treat ailments in the foot and ankle, including arthritis, ankle instability, fracture, dislocations, spurs and tendonitis.

For more information about foot and ankle pain relief, call our orthopedic clinic in  Singapore

at +65 6684 2330 or request an appointment online.

About the Foot and Ankle

The foot and ankle form the foundation for the entire body and interacts with a contact surface and functions as a shock absorbent . They also help the body adapt to terrain via side-to-side movement.

We understand the debilitating effects that conditions affecting the foot and ankle can present to our patients. Whether you are seeking care of a common foot and ankle condition or have suffered a sports or dance-related injury, our orthopaedic specialist can help get you on your feet again.

Our orthopaedic specialist is ready to help by providing:

  • Ankle arthroscopy
  • Ankle Brostrom repair
  • Fracture surgical fixation
  • Achilles tendon repair
  • Hallux Valgus (Bunions) and Surgical correction
  • Hallux Rigidus and Cheilectomy
  • Bunionectomy
  • Foot and ankle fusions

What is the difference between a sprain and a strain?

A sprain is a stretch and/or tear of a ligament, the fibrous band of connective tissue that joins the end of one bone with another. Ligaments stabilize and support the body’s joints. For example, ligaments in the knee connect the upper leg with the lower leg, enabling people to walk and run.

A sprain is caused by direct or indirect trauma (a fall, a blow to the body, etc.) that knocks a joint out of position, and overstretches, and, in severe cases, ruptures the supporting ligaments. Typically, this injury occurs when an individual lands on an outstretched arm; slides into a base; jumps up and lands on the side of the foot; or runs on an uneven surface.

While the intensity varies, pain, bruising, swelling, and inflammation are common to all three categories of sprains: mild, moderate, severe. A ligament is stretched in a mild sprain, but there is no joint loosening. A moderate sprain partially tears the ligament, producing joint instability, and some swelling.  A severe sprain produces excruciating pain at the moment of injury, as ligaments tear completely, or separate from the bone. The individual will usually feel a tear or pop in the joint. This loosening makes the joint nonfunctional. 

Rest, ice, compression, and elevation usually will help minimize the damage. It is important in all but mild cases for a medical doctor to evaluate the injury and establish a treatment and rehabilitation plan. A severe sprain or strain may require surgery or immobilization followed by months of therapy. Mild sprains and strains may require rehabilitation exercises and activity modification during recovery.

A strain is an injury of a muscle and/or tendon. Tendons are fibrous cords of tissue that attach muscles to bone.

Symptoms include pain, muscle spasm, muscle weakness, swelling, inflammation, and cramping. In severe strains, the muscle and/or tendon is partially or completely ruptured, often incapacitating the individual. Some muscle function will be lost with a moderate strain, where the muscle/tendon is overstretched and slightly torn. With a mild strain, the muscle/tendon is stretched or pulled, slightly.

Rest, ice, compression, and elevation usually will help minimize the damage. It is important in all but mild cases for a medical doctor to evaluate the injury and establish a treatment and rehabilitation plan. A severe sprain or strain may require surgery or immobilization followed by months of therapy. Mild sprains and strains may require rehabilitation exercises and activity modification during recovery.

  • We Commonly Treat...

      • Achilles Tendinitis
      • Adult (Acquired) Flatfoot
      • Arthritis
      • Bone Spurs
      • Bunions
      • Clubfoot
      • Corns
      • Diabetic (Charcot) Foot
      • Claw Toe
      • Hammer Toe
      • Mallet Toe
      • Ingrown Toenail
      • Intoeing
      • Morton’s Neuroma
      • Plantar Fasciitis
      • Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction
      • Rheumatoid Arthritis
      • Osteoarthritis
      • Stiff Big Toe (Hallux Rigidus)
      • Syndactyly

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