Ankle & Foot Arthritis Specialist In Singapore

Dr Wang Lushun

Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBBS (Singapore)

MRCS (Edin)

MMed (Ortho)

FRCS (Ortho) (Edin)

  • Get active again by treating your Arthritis
  • Fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon
  • Internationally recognised, more than 1500 surgeries performed


Arthritis, a debilitating condition characterized by inflammation of the joints, often affects the ankle and foot, leading to discomfort and reduced mobility. Understanding the intricacies of this ailment can facilitate timely intervention and enhance the quality of life for afflicted individuals.

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What is Arthritis of the Ankle and Foot?

Arthritis refers to the inflammation of one or more joints, resulting in pain, swelling, and stiffness. In the context of the ankle and foot, various types of arthritis can manifest, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, and gout. Osteoporosis, the most prevalent form, entails the degeneration of joint cartilage, due to age-related wear and tear or injury. Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disorder, causes the immune system to mistakenly attack healthy joint tissue. Post-traumatic arthritis occurs following joint injuries, while gout results from the accumulation of uric acid crystals within the joints.

Causes of Arthritis of the Ankle and Foot

Multiple factors contribute to the development of arthritis in the ankle and foot. Age-related wear and tear render joints susceptible to osteoarthritis. Autoimmune disorders, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, cause the immune system to target healthy joint tissue. Other inflammatory disorders such as gout can also cause inflammatory arthritis. Previous injuries, such as fractures, ligamentous instability or dislocations, may lead to post-traumatic arthritis. Infections may also lead to septic arthritis.

Symptoms of Arthritis of the Ankle and Foot

Individuals with arthritis may experience varying symptoms, including:


Aching or sharp sensations often exacerbate with activity or weight-bearing.


Inflammation may cause visible swelling around the affected joints.


Restricted joint movement and rigidity, particularly upon waking or after periods of inactivity.

Limited range of motion

Hindered joint flexibility and mobility.


A sensation of joint weakness or buckling during movement.

Changes in appearance

Noticeable deformities, such as bunions or hammertoes.

Difficulty walking or bearing weight

Impaired ambulation due to pain or instability.

Diagnosis of Arthritis of the Ankle and Foot

A thorough medical history, physical examination, and diagnostic tests facilitate accurate diagnoses. Imaging studies, such as X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or computed tomography (CT) scans, reveal joint abnormalities and the extent of the damage. Laboratory tests, including blood tests and synovial fluid analysis, may help identify the specific type of arthritis.

Prevention of Arthritis of the Ankle and Foot

To mitigate the risk of developing arthritis, individuals should maintain a healthy weight, engage in regular exercise, wear appropriate footwear, and promptly address injuries to the ankle and foot.

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Treatment Options for Arthritis of the Ankle and Foot

A multidisciplinary approach to foot & ankle arthritis treatment in Singapore encompasses conservative and surgical options. Conservative treatments include medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), analgesics, or disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) where appropriate in inflammatory arthritis. Physical therapy, orthotics, and supportive footwear can alleviate symptoms and improve mobility. Activity modification and weight management may reduce joint stress and slow disease progression.


Injections, such as corticosteroids, hyaluronic acid, or platelet-rich plasma, can provide temporary relief by reducing inflammation and augmenting joint lubrication. Surgical interventions, including arthroscopy, joint fusion, or joint replacement, may be considered when conservative treatments prove insufficient.

Are Your Foot Or Ankle Symptoms Affecting Your Quality of Life?

Consult our double fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon for an accurate diagnosis and personalised treatment plan.


Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment of arthritis in the ankle and foot are crucial in managing symptoms, preventing joint damage, and enhancing the quality of life for those affected. A comprehensive understanding of the condition, its causes, and the various treatment options can empower individuals to make informed decisions regarding their health.

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Dr Wang Lushun

Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBBS (Singapore)

MRCS (Edin)

MMed (Ortho)

FRCS (Ortho) (Edin)

Internationally Recognised & Double Fellowship-Trained Surgeon With Over 18 Years of Experience

  • Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS),
    National University of Singapore
  • Member of The Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS),
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Master of Medicine in Orthopaedic Surgery (MMed),
    National University of Singapore
  • Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons in Orthopaedics and Traumatology (FRCS), Edinburgh, United Kingdom

As a Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and former Head of the Hip and Knee Division in Ng Teng Fong Hospital, he has won awards for superior patient outcomes (value driven), service quality and enhanced recovery programmes. His patients include current and former national athletes and sporting professionals.

Why Choose

Dr Wang Lushun?



Leadership on Orthopaedic Advisory Boards



Double Fellowships at Centres of Excellence



Senior Consultant with Over 18 Years of Experience

Patient-Centred Orthopaedic Care

We are dedicated to your recovery and well-being. Every patient deserves the freedom that comes with active living. Whether you're an athlete sidelined by an injury or a weekend hobbyist desperate to return to your passion, our mission is to help you regain your mobility and independence.

Personalised Approach For Positive Outcomes

Our clinic prioritizes time dedicated to understanding each patient’s injuries and needs. Dr Wang strongly believes that personalised care & patient management will lead to better outcomes & positive experiences.

Minimally Invasive Techniques For Faster Recovery

Dr Wang’s extensive experience with minimally invasive procedures allows for less scarring, lower risk of complications and faster recovery compared to traditional surgical methods.

Aftercare Focused On Restoring Mobility & Well-Being

As an avid sportsperson, Dr Wang understands the time and patience required to regain mobility and return to active living. After your procedure is completed, Dr Wang will make sure your recovery is smooth and comfortable.


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We accept all patients, with or without insurance plans. Additionally, we are on the specialist panels of these Health Networks/Insurance Plans. Please contact us if you have any queries and we will be happy to assist you in checking with your insurance provider.

Our Clinic Locations

3 Mount Elizabeth, #13-14
Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
Singapore 228510
820 Thomson Road, Mount Alvernia Hospital, #05-51, Medical Centre D, Singapore 574623

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