Podiatry is not just about healing feet; for one MOH scholar, it’s also about touching lives.
By Azhar Jalil
“To me, podiatry is not a healthcare profession where there’s a strict ‘patient-clinician’ relationship,” says podiatrist Chelsea Law, 28.
“In many ways, patients often refer to us more personally – as a friend, a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, and even a confidante,” she reveals.
Given that many of her patients are diabetics seeking treatment for debilitating foot ulcers, such rapport is undeniably a valuable crutch for effective treatment.
“In my position, I have the opportunity to make a difference in patients’ lives by providing my concern and care for them,” she says.
The road to success
Chelsea has always had an interest in medicine and wound care. As such, the MOH Health Science Scholarship (aka previously known as the PSC-MOH Overseas Specialist Award (Paramedical) in the past) served as the perfect vehicle for pursuing her ambition to be in healthcare. Why the study of feet in particular? “My mum’s heel pain spurred me to take up podiatry,” she explains.