Dr Tan has dedicated his career to the treatment and advancement of Foot and Ankle Disorders. He is fellowship trained in the USA and Germany.
The foot is a region of the body that is prone to develop different lumps and growths. Commonly, these grows can be a ganglion though all sorts of soft-tissue or bony growths can occur. These can cause pain or difficulty fitting the foot into a shoe due to the growth rubbing on the shoe or sandal. Surgery for the removal of a ganglion When this occurs, a removal of the lump can be useful not only to confirm the nature of the lump but also to relieve symptoms. The first step before any surgery is undertaken is an in-depth examination of the growth. Roughly 30 to 50 per cent of ganglion cysts may disappear without medical intervention, however it is crucial that any growth be…
The peroneal tendons can be a cause for pain on the outer side of the ankle. These tendons can develop tears, tendinitis or instability that results in a dislocation or clicking of the ankle on activity. Treatment would involve an ankle support and physiotherapy in mild cases. For persistent symptoms, a repair of the tear or reconstruction of the instability can be useful. In some cases of tendinitis or tears, minimally invasive tendoscopic therapy can also be used.
Diabetes is an epidemic worldwide and Singapore has not been spared. With more and more people having diabetes, wounds, ulcers and infections in the lower limb and foot are increasingly common. Management in these cases would usually involve a careful examination of the foot for any correctable causes for the wound, management of any infection and good overall control of the diabetes and any associated complications. More and more, people do not accept an amputation as a solution, and reconstruction and rebalancing of the foot can be helpful to salvage or save the foot from an amputation in selected cases. Corrective surgery can also be a good option to aid in ulcer and wound healing particularly in chronic non-healing wounds.