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ankle pain

Your Trusted Orthopaedic Partner

Dr. Anandakumar Vellasamy

Foot and Ankle Specialist Surgeon

Dr. Anandakumar Vellasamy is a Swiss-fellowship-trained, board-accredited Orthopaedic specialist surgeon, with a particular subspecialty expertise in foot and ankle conditions, including sports injuries and lower limb trauma. He is currently a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon practicing at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, Parkway East Hospital and Farrer Park Hospital, Singapore.

Foot and Ankle Specialist Surgeon

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr. Ananda graduated with a MBBS from the National University of Singapore in 2003. He was awarded the Best Houseman Award during his medical posting as a Houseman. He pursued his postgraduate training in Orthopaedic Surgery in Singapore and obtained his fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. He was awarded the N. Balachandran Memorial Lectureship award in the final year of his Orthopaedic Residency in 2014. He was subsequently also awarded the prestigious AO trauma fellowship award in 2015.

He was awarded the Health Manpower Development Plan (HMDP) Award in 2016 for “The Way Forward in Delivering World Class Care in Foot and Ankle Surgery” which enabled him to pursue his fellowship training in Switzerland under world-renowned foot and ankle surgeons Professor Beat Hintermann, Professor Fabian Krause and trauma surgeon Professor Karl Stoffel in Kantosspital Baselland and Inselspital Bern University Hospital. Dr. Ananda also further honed his skills by training with Dr. Alexandro Pellegrino at the Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Etzel clinic in Zurich.

Common Foot and Ankle Conditions

Our Treatments

Dr Ananda treats a complete range of foot and ankle conditions, such as:

Providing Specialist Orthopaedic Care of the Foot and Ankle. Rest assured that your recovery will always come first

Foot & Ankle Orthopaedic Treatment

When should I see an orthopaedic surgeon for my foot and ankle problems?

If mistreated or left ignored, ankle pain can lead to serious conditions that affect your quality of life.

We recommend consulting our orthopaedic specialists for the below cases:

01

Pain and Swelling on any part of the foot and ankle

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Unable to bear weight on the leg after sustaining an injury

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Worsening deformity of the foot and/or ankle and not being able to wear shoes comfortably

04

Long-standing pain not better with traditional treatments

Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery

Utilising small incisions to surgically correct bunions allows a quicker recovery post operatively allowing patients to return back to their normal lives and routine as soon as possible

Arthroscopic Surgery of the Foot and Ankle

 Keyhole surgery of the foot and ankle allows the use of tiny incisions to create a window into the ankle and certain areas of the foot and ankle allowing both diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle problems with minimally invasive techniques.

Flat Foot Treatments

A fairly common occurence in many adults and children, flat feet can sometimes cause pain and difficulty in wearing shoes. It is good to have flat feet assessed by a foot and ankle specialist to know the options available to prevent the worsening of flat feet.

Plantar Fascitis Treatment

Plantar Fascitis is a common foot ailment that can be debilitating. Most patients complain of pain at the bottom of the heel at the first step taken when they get up in the morning from bed. Find out more on how this can be treated effectively with some lifestyle changes.

Tendinitis

Due to the several tendons that are found around the foot and ankle, and the fact that much of our weight especially on walking and doing our daily activities are borne by the joints and the tendons surrounding the foot and ankle, its not surprising that tendinitis around the foot and ankle is a common ailment that affects patients. Fortunately in most cases, lifestyle and footwear modifications can help to relieve the pain from tendinitis

Sports Injuries

Ankle Sprains and fractures of the foot and ankle can occur with sports injuries or accidental injuries . It is always advisable to assess injuries that especially lead to swelling and pain about the foot and ankle region to diagnose the cause of the pain so as to effectively treat the injury .

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FAQs

If I see an orthopaedic surgeon, will he or she recommend surgery generally?

Surgery is usually the last resort when other treatments have failed. Your orthopaedic surgeon will generally recommend non-operative therapies to improve and cure your condition. However if such therapies do not work after a period of observation, then in those situations, surgery may be recommended to cure the condition and prevent it from worsening.

Minimally invasive bunion surgery is essentially a skillset your surgeon possesses to perform an operation for bunions using small incisions instead of the traditional approach with a standard incision. These new techniques offer better early postoperative pain control, lesser chances of wound infection, less joint stiffness and as such early mobility and faster rehabilitation. The procedures are day surgery procedures and patients can be discharged the same day with advice on follow-up and dressing changes.

Arthroscopic surgery which is also known as keyhole surgery is the use of small incisions over a joint to perform selective surgical procedures in the joint with the aid of a camera (arthroscope) within the joint with other small instruments. Many therapies can be conducted using this method and in several joints including the wrist, elbow, shoulder, knee, hip and ankle joints. Generally these procedures are considered minimally invasive and patients benefit postoperatively with less joint stiffness and faster rehabilitation as compared to open joint procedures. Only certain joint conditions are suitable for arthroscopic surgery though and your surgeon will advise you on this.

There is usually a gap beneath the inner part of the foot when a person stands, as the arch raises off the ground slightly. In people with flat feet or a very low arch, this gap is diminished or sometimes not present. Other tell-tale signs of flat feet will be noticing the wearing out of the soles of the shoe on the inside aspect. Also footprints in the sand or when out of the shower, may show the presence of an imprint on the inside of the foot. ( In patients with a normal arch, this imprint is not present) Most patients with flat feet do not have symptoms but other conditions can develop together with flat feet such as tight calf muscles and also tendon degeneration on the inside of the foot generally known posterior tibial tendinopathy. It is always wise to have flat feet assessed and to prevent it from getting worse and the development of symptoms.

A sprain is an injury that damages a ligament while a fracture on the other hand is when the bone has broken. Your orthopaedic surgeon will conduct tests such as x-rays and or MRI or CT scans to determine for certain how badly the ligament is injured or to study a fracture more closely. Sprains generally heal with time and rest and a good rehabilitation program, but a fracture will require some type of treatment including splint, cast, crutches, and even surgery.

If you have any foot and ankle injury and pain, it’s important to have them examined to find out the diagnosis of the condition(s) causing pain. Sometimes these issues tend to get worse if left alone without proper treatment. While some conditions can be corrected by foot and ankle strengthening exercises, stretching exercises or changing the kind of shoes that you wear, other issues can be more complex, requiring special knowledge and training to properly treat them.

In addition to physical examination by your orthopaedic surgeon, most orthopaedic injuries or conditions require the use of imaging and radiology tests like x-rays, bone scans, computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or ultrasound. All these tests are not invasive or painful.

There is no one-size-fits-all answer for deciding when to have surgery. Key considerations include whether you are in pain, you are experiencing instability or decreased mobility, and whether the injury or condition is affecting your overall quality of life.

Age is hardly a problem for surgery as long as you are in reasonable health and have the desire to continue to live an active and mobile life. You will undergo rigorous tests to ensure that you are suitable for surgery.

Foot and ankle surgery is a specialised area of surgery where every patient is different with unique needs and goals. Before the surgery, your orthopaedic surgeon will discuss with you in detail to ascertain the best course of treatment. After the surgery, you will need to follow your doctor’s instructions, perform appropriate exercises and modify your activities to ensure a smooth and quick recovery.

The goal of surgery is to restore function and get you back to full mobility without pain. However depending on the type of surgery, there is usually downtime and some limitations. You should have a candid discussion with your orthopaedic surgeon regarding realistic expectations after surgery.

Our clinics accept all patients, with or without insurance plans. In addition, we are on the specialist panels of several insurance providers. If your insurance provider is not listed here, we can still attend to you as you may be eligible for coverage. Please feel free to contact us and our team will be happy to assist you in the process of checking with your insurance provider.

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Our Clinics

Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
BUS SERVICE AVAILABLE

5, 54, 143, 162, 162M, 167

MRT Station

Novena MRT

Parkway East Medical Centre
BUS SERVICE AVAILABLE

15, 33, 155

MRT Station

Eunos MRT

Connexion Farrer Park Medical Centre
BUS SERVICE AVAILABLE

Along Serangoon Road: 21, 23, 64, 65, 66, 67, 125, 130, 139, 141, 147, 857, NR6

MRT Station

Farrer Park MRT, take Exit C to Connexion

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