I am Dr Tan Ken Jin, Orthopaedic Surgeon based in Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital Singapore and Farrer Park Hospital Singapore. I am a fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon with a subspecialty interest in Foot and Ankle disorders and Sports injuries. I graduated from the National University of Singapore and underwent Orthopaedic surgical training in Singapore. During this period, I had the opportunity to work in the various tertiary hospitals in Singapore where I gained wide exposure to the field of Orthopaedic surgery. I was awarded the College of Surgeons Gold Medal on completion of my advanced specialty training. I went on to complete fellowship-training in Foot and Ankle Reconstruction under the Ministry of Health Human Manpower Development Plan (HMDP) scholarship. I completed two separate fellowships; the first at the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus in Germanyunder the renowned Professor Zwipp and the second at the Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction in the USA with Dr Mark Myerson, a world leader and pioneer in Foot and Ankle Surgery. When I returned from fellowship training, I joined the Sports Medicine Division at the National University Hospital, Singapore. I was an active member of the Sports Division and also served as a Visiting Consultant at the Sports and Orthopaedic Clinic at the University Health Centre, NUS where I have treated many sports injuries in University students and staff. I was also a founding member of the Foot and Ankle Division since its inception at the National University Hospital. I am still currently one of only a few active members from Singapore in the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS). During this period, I set up the fellowship-training program at the division that has trained surgeons from the region in Foot and Ankle reconstruction. I was the Program Director of the Foot and Ankle education program and supervised the training of residents in Foot and Ankle surgery. My subspecialty clinical expertise includes management of:
- Sports injuries and arthroscopy of the Foot and Ankle.
- Foot and Ankle Trauma
- Forefoot deformities such as Hallux Valgus (Bunions) and hammer toes.
- Foot deformities such as flatfeet and cavus feet in adults and children.
- Ankle Arthritis with osteotomies, arthrodesis and ankle replacement.
- Sports injuries and arthritis of the knee including knee arthroscopy, ligament reconstruction and knee replacement.
Doctor, two years ago I had an injury when I was doing taekwondo - my ankle and foot were swollen. I had a traditional massage then and the swelling got better. I am now still active doing taekwondo but I feel that my feet are not as strong as they used to be. Is this normal for a person who has suffered from an injury, that he can never revert to his original condition?
Doctor, I have been suffering from an ankle injury this 1 week. My foot is swollen. There is a bone bulging near my toes. How do we treat this, Doc?
Morning, Doctor. I am now 38 years old. When I was 19, I had an accident where a motorcycle ran over my feet. Since then, I’ve been limping. It doesn’t hurt, but I cannot stand upright and walk normally. Is it still possible to revert my condition back to normal now?
Doctor, my son was diagnosed with clubfoot. His feet are plastered currently, which is what his doctor suggested. We changed the plaster once a week, and we have changed it 6 times now. Currently, we take off the plaster from one of his feet, but the strange thing is, my son was not given the kind of shoes that I usually read about in an online article. Is this okay, Doc? Please give me advice.
Doctor, the instep of my right foot hurts. It started when it was sprained but I ignored it. Please give me some advice.
I fell down and my left foot is swollen and turned blue-ish. The ankle is stiff. I checked with a doctor, and the result was incomplete fracture distal of left tibia. The doctor said there is a fracture and must be operated on, otherwise it would be disabled and I would be limping. Is that right? Because one week after the fall, the swelling and the pain is reduced.
Doctor, since I was a baby my left foot has been smaller than my right foot. I am now 23 years old. Can it be fixed?
Doctor, I have a crooked little toe because I fell. Now the pain is gone, but if I walk too long, I feel it throbbing. Please give me your advice, do I need to get it treated again?
Doctor, I want to ask. My foot heel hurts when I stand for a long time - what is the cause and can you give me the solution? Thanks
Doctor, my brother is a karate athlete, and he is 17 years old. He suffered an injury on his ankle that caused him difficulty in maintaining his balance. What's the solution?