The Straits Times: The Doctor Is In
Good posture for better health
Our feet bear the weight of our bodies. As the joint structure of feet changes and bones shift away from their original positions, pain or discomfort in the body occurs as there is
uneven pressure exerted on the feet, knees, joints and muscles.
Ailments such as bunions, heel spurs, Achilles tendon pain, knee osteoarthritis and slipped disc may occur during exercising, walking or standing.
Ms Li Ming, an orthotist and the founder of TLM Foot-Knee-Back-Arm Orthotics Center, uses orthotic technologies to address these problems by “pushing” the shifted joints or
bones back into position to balance and correct a person’s biomechanical alignment.
Established in 1997, TLM is the first orthotics centre in Singapore to use an insoles concept to address foot, knee, and back pain that arise from musculoskeletal system
The centre prescribes, manufactures and manages orthoses and is a recipient of the Promising SME 500 award for 2015 and 2016.
For the past 19 years, Ms Li has helped more than 20,000 people aged two to 85 years old.
Ms Li said: “When choosing a pair of insoles to relieve or prevent foot, knee or back pain, you need to consult a professional orthotist for treatment.”
What does an Orthotist do?
Orthotists are healthcare professionals who provide mechanical devices called orthoses to support abnormal or weakened limbs or joints. No medication, injection or surgery is required.
TLM also provides satisfactory pre and post-surgery fixed or motion support using TLM’s orthotics technology.
The importance of wearing proper shoes
Wearing ill-fitting shoes may shift the joint positions in the foot, knee and back, causing pain or discomfort in the body. Other ailments such as poorer blood circulation, decreased well-being and neurological problems may also arise.
It is important to get well-fitted shoes to help maintain a correct posture.