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How did PodChatLive get started?

PodChatLive is a monthly live show that has been developed for the ongoing learning for Podiatrists and other health professionals with an interst in the topics that they cover. It is initially streamed live on Facebook and after that is later placed on YouTube. Each of the livestreams features a different person or group of guests to talk about a unique issue each episode. Requests vis Faceboook comments are responded to live by the hosts and guests throughout the livestream. Additionally there is a PodCast version of every episode offered on iTunes and Spotify as well as the other common podcast sources. They have developed a substantial following amoung Podiatrists which is growing. PodChatLive can be considered one way whereby podiatrists may get free continuing education credits and information.

In the very first event which began it all, it was entirely improvised and a spur of the moment thing to do. One of the hosts, Craig Payne from Melbourne in Australia found himself in England for 2 days whilst on the way home from conferences in Spain and Portugal with not much to do. Whilst in the UK he called in at Ian Griffith’s home and whilst chatting after dinner they discovered neither of them had ever recorded a Facebook Live so they decided to give it a go to see what happens. They did a livestream conversation from Ian’s kitchen. Regardless of the pretty amateur and thoroughly unrehearsed and improvised character of the live stream, it was met with interestingly good comments and so they got some deep thinking questions during the live. So they started wondering if there is some mileage in doing something like this more frequently on a regular basis. And thus a regular livestream came to finally be called, PodChatLive. In this first episode, Craig shares about and reveals which has been the research study that evolved his thinking the most, plus they discuss junk science, pseudoscience, research translation. Some other issues come up were issues on what is wrong with cuboid syndrome – we all know it when we view it, but its difficult to define. In addition they talked about Craig’s travels and his favourite airport to eat breakfast in.
 
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Shock Wave Therapy for Podiatrists

Shockwave therapy a treatment device that was first introduced into clinical practice back in 1980 as a treatment for breaking up kidney stones. Since then it has now commonly been used as a method for musculoskeletal disorders and to stimulate the growth of bone. Shock waves are high energy sound waves produced under water using a high voltage explosion.  In musculoskeletal conditions they are used to induce new blood vessel formation and to stimulate the release of growth factors such as eNOS (endothelial nitric oxide synthase), VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor) and PCNA (proliferating cell antinuclear antigen). Subsequently this leads to the improvement of the blood supply and to an increase in cell proliferation which helps healing. A recent episode of the podiatry livestream, PodChatLive was spent talking about shock wave therapy for podiatrists.

In that episode of PodChatLive they talked with Consultant Physiotherapist, academic and researcher Dylan Morrissey about how good the evidence base for shockwave therapy is and how robust the methodology that is often employed within such research. Dylan also talked about what foot and ankle pathologies shockwave is indicated for and commonly used for and whether there are any key contraindications or risks associated with shockwave’s use. Dr Dylan Morrissey is a physiotherapist with over 25 years’ experience of working in sports and exercise medicine. He completed his MSc at University College London in the UK in 1998 and a PhD in 2005 at King’s College London. He is now an NIHR/HEE consultant physiotherapist and clinical reader in sports and musculoskeletal physiotherapy at Bart’s and the London NHS trust / BL School of Medicine and Dentistry, QMUL. He has gained more than £5m in research funding and has and has authored over 60 peer-reviewed full papers. His main research interests are shockwave and tendinopathy, evidence translation and the link between movement and pathology.