Is it bad to have flat feet? – Dr Tay Guan Tzu on Channel 8’s Body-SOS 小毛病大问题

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People with flat feet or pes planus have arches on the inside of their feet that are lowered or flattened out, causing the entire soles of their feet to touch the ground when standing.

Often you may come across people with flat feet who do not face any problems and need no treatment. However, some may get tired or aching feet after prolonged periods of standing or walking.

Can flat feet cause problems?

Having flat feet may strain your muscles, ligaments and joints, which may cause pain in your feet, legs, hips and back with activities like standing or walking.

How to know if you have flat feet?

Find out more as Dr Tay Guan Tzu discussed the commonly seen condition of the flat feet on Mediacorp Channel 8’s Body-SOS 小毛病大问题 mandarin programme.

Watch the video session as Dr Tay illustrate how to tell if you have flat feet. You can also learn more about flat feet treatment for both children and adults and if surgery is necessary. (Englist subtitles available)

How to know if you have flat feet ? Consult Dr Tay Guan Tzu

About Dr Tay Guan Tzu

Dr Tay Guan Tzu is a senior consultant orthopaedic surgeon whose subspecialty interests are in paediatric orthopaedics, adult and paediatric foot and ankle surgery, as well as deformity correction of the lower limb.

Seeking medical advice for your foot or ankle condition? Consult Dr Tay Guan Tzu at +65 6535 8833 for a comprehensive assessment and suitable treatment plan today!

Gout and Bubble Tea Consumption: Cause of Painful Joints

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Did you know that having bubble tea too often can lead to painful joints and gouty attacks?

Gout Symptoms and treatment - bubble tea consumption(Photo: Pexels/Rodnae Productions)

Dr Victor Seah has been seeing four or five patients a month with gout. These patients have shared with him that they consumed bubble milk tea regularly, although the exact amount and frequency were undetermined.

So what’s the bubble tea connection? Isn’t gout typically caused by consuming too much red meat, nuts, seafood and beer?

If you have the habit of drinking a cup a day, should you be concerned about gout?

Dr Victor Seah shares in a CNA Lifestyle article this little known fact and explains the symptoms and treatment of gout.

What is gout?

A gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis that causes intense pain, swelling, and stiffness in a joint. This is due to the high levels of uric acid in your blood.

Normally, uric acid in your blood gets filtered out by the kidneys and gets passed out as urine. But when the levels are too high, the uric acid can build up and form needle-like crystals in the joints, particularly the big toe.

What is a gout attack?

A gout attack frequently starts with a tingling sensation, which rapidly progresses to severe pain. It is a severe, sharp and sometimes, burning pain at the joints and some patients have described it as a sensation of being poked by many needles. The pain is constant and is painful even when resting.

Gout typically affects the big toe joint of the foot, but it can also affect the ankles, knees and even wrists and elbow joints.

What are the signs and symptoms of a gout attack?

  • Redness, warmth, swelling and pain can involve one or a few joints. The big toe, knee or ankle joints are most often affected.
  • The pain starts suddenly, often during the night.
  • There may be a fever.

What are the complications of gout?

  • Uncontrolled gout can cause joint deformity, cartilage damage, arthritis, chronic pain and stiffness.
  • Uric acid crystals may sometimes be deposited in the skin and soft tissues causing painful lumps, ulcerations that can get infected, and even skin breakdown.
  • Urate crystals may collect in the urinary tracts of people with gout, causing kidney stones.

Dr Victor Seah is an orthopaedic surgeon whose main area of subspecialty is in are in trauma/fractures and foot and ankle surgeries.

For a comprehensive assessment of your foot and ankle conditions, make an appointment to consult Dr Seah at +65 67340378 now!

Surgical Management of Calcaneus Fractures

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Dr Tay Guan Tzu‘s approach to the surgical management of calcaneus fractures has been published in the article “The Use of Modified Ollier Approach and Structural Allograft for Fixation of Intra-articular Calcaneal Fractures”.

His surgical approach and technique minimizes soft issues complications and applies to patients of all ages.

Surgical management of calcaneus fractures

What is a calcaneal fracture?

It is a fracture of the calcaneus or heel bone, often caused by a traumatic event most commonly, falling from a height, such as a ladder, or being in an automobile accident where the heel is crushed against the floorboard.

When this occurs, the heel can widen, shorten, and become deformed.

Calcaneal fractures can also occur with other types of injuries, such as an ankle sprain or stress fractures, caused by overuse or repetitive stress on the heel bone.

Calcaneus fractures can be quite severe. Treatment often involves surgery to reconstruct the normal anatomy of the heel and restore mobility. so that patients can return to normal activity.

About Dr Tay Guan Tzu

Dr Tay Guan Tzu is a senior consultant orthopaedic surgeon whose subspecialty interests are in paediatric orthopaedics, adult and paediatric foot and ankle surgery, as well as deformity correction of the lower limb.

Seeking medical attention for your foot or ankle injury? Consult Dr Tay Guan Tzu at +65 67340378 for a comprehensive assessment and suitable treatment plan today!

A Novel Percutaneous Modified Brostrom-Gould Technique for Lateral Ankle Instability

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Dr Tay Guan Tzu published an article on his minimally invasive surgical technique for treating lateral ankle instability. His modified Brostrom-Gould procedure advocated here is a percutaneous procedure. The wounds are considerably smaller and Dr Tay’s method of reconstructing the ligaments allows testing of the strength of the reconstruction intra-operatively.

Surgical Management of Lateral Ankle Instability – Dr Tay Guan Tzu‘s Technique

A Novel Percutaneous Modified Brostrom-Gould Technique for Lateral Ankle Instability Using the Lasso Technique

Dr Tay Guan Tzu is a fellowship-trained Orthopaedic Surgeon with a Special Interest in Foot and Ankle Surgery, as well as Paediatric Orthopaedics.

What is Ankle Instability?

Ankle instability is caused by injury to the lateral ankle ligaments. This usually causes strain or stretch, and in some cases, it may cause a tear in the ligaments.

People who have a sprained ankle might develop chronic ankle instability. This condition often happens after repeated ankle sprains which lead to further weakening of the ligaments, resulting in greater instability and the likelihood of developing additional problems in the ankle.

If you are experiencing repeated ankle sprains, do contact Dr Tay Guan Tzu at +65 67340378 for a comprehensive assessment and suitable treatment plan today!

Malnutrition and Risk of Falls in the Elderly

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Do you know that four in five Singaporeans aged 65 and above who do not eat enough protein are at risk of malnutrition and have low muscle mass, making them prone to injury and falls?

Malnutrition and Fall risks

In addition to exercising, diet and nutrition play important roles in improving strength in older patients.

Those suffering from malnutrition tend to be weaker and are at higher risk of falls and sustaining fractures.

Learn more about the condition and the nutritional diet for the elderly here:  Risk of malnutrition and low muscle mass study.

Seek specialist care for fall injuries. Book an appointment to consult our doctors at +65 67370558 today.

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