The Role of Podiatry in Cycling

PodChatLive is the regular live chat for the ongoing education of Podiatry practitioners as well as other people that whom might be included. Each episode is hosted by Craig Payne from Melbourne, Australia and Ian Griffiths from England, United Kingtom. The show goes out live on Facebook after which is later revised and uploaded to YouTube so lots more people have access to the episode. Each stream features a different guest or selection of guests to discuss a unique topic each week. Queries usually are submitted live during the Facebook stream and responded to live by the hosts and guests. The audio edition is released as a PodCast offered on iTunes and also Spotify and the other conventional podcast sources. They've obtained a substantial following among podiatry practitioners which is escalating. PodChatLive can be considered one way through which podiatrists can get free qualified professional development hours or continuing medical education credits.

Episode eighteen of the show considered cycling and podiatry and connected topics. The guests were the physiotherapist, Robert Brown and the podiatrist, Nathan White. Rob Brown was the previous charge Physio for the Orica-GreenEdge pro cycling group and today specialises in cycling analysis, injury and bike fit. Nathan White has worked closely with numerous elite cyclists throughout Australasia and is the co-founder with the made to order orthoses company Cobra9 Cycling Orthotics. In the show on bicycling they talked about exactly what a bike fit includes and how vital the bike fit would be to avoid injury and increase cycling efficiency. In addition they talked about the common foot problems bicyclists present with and also the clinical thought in regards to dealing with them. That was crucial due to the dynamics of the cycling footwear and the biomechanics of bicycling which is so distinct to walking and running. They also had an deatailed dialogue about the foot level interventions both within the footwear (orthoses) and exterior to it (on the interface with the cleat and pedal).

The Benefit of an International Conference

There are so many professional bodies globally which represents a wide variety of disciplines and expert groupings. One of these is a association referred to as i-Fab. They are the International Foot and Ankle Biomechanics group which is a multidisciplinary association of professionals who have an interest in foot and ankle biomechanics. They're made up of academics, physicians, podiatrists, orthopaedic specialists, engineers, physical therapists and other health professionals, footwear industry individuals, insole/orthotic suppliers, surgical devices manufacturers and associated companies. They are a really varied group. The association endeavors to produce information about the global activities linked to foot and ankle biomechanics. They link people who are doing work in the foot and ankle biomechanics discipline regardless of their whereabouts and discipline they may be from. In addition they would like to conduct debate on key issues of interest for the global group and create coordinated community wide activities. Most of all they're planning to produce a profile for an international critical mass of research actions which are linked to foot and ankle biomechanics.

To this end one of their main activities is an international conference that is held every 2 yrs. This convention moves worldwide and it has been hosted by a few different countries. The 2018 iFab convention took place in New York City in the USA. An episode of PodChatLive was devoted to a comments on that conference. PodChatLive is a monthly live show for podiatrists and after the conference the hosts had a chat of some of the relevant and interesting papers that were presented at the meeting. This chat was live on Facebook. It was later published to YouTube and delivered as a podcast version obtainable form a lot of the podcast services. It was a unique strategy taken by the hosts to analyze a seminar, as they normally have a different guest on every week to talk about a topic. It is not known if they are willing to attempt to review the 2020 convention.