PodChatLive is a new regular monthly live show for the regular expert growth of Podiatry practitioners and also other health professionals that happen to be interested. It is hosted by Ian Griffiths from England in the UK and Craig Payne from Melbourne in Australia. They stream the show live on Facebook and then is soon after modified and submitted to YouTube so it will reach a diverse audience. Each live show features a different guest or group of guests to talk about a unique topic of interest every time. Queries and comments are generally responded to live by the hosts and guests while in the live show on Facebook. There's not much follow-up interaction on the YouTube channel. For those who enjoy audio only, you will find there's a PodCast version of each stream on iTunes and also Spotify and the other common podcast resources for that intent. They've got attained a considerable following which keeps getting bigger. PodChatLive is regarded as one of many ways that podiatrists can usually get totally free professional development points.
One of the episodes that was popular was a chat with a couple of foot orthotic lab managers with regards to the industry and just how they connect to the podiatry professions. Foot orthotics labs are in the business of helping to make custom made foot orthotics that Podiatrists make use of for the clients. The laboratory proprietors in that show were Artur Maliszewski (from the Footwork Podiatric Laboratory in Melbourne, Australia) and Martin McGeough (from Firefly Orthoses in Ireland). Craig and ian talked about what life is like at the orthotic facilities. They touched briefly on how they personally made the journey from graduating Podiatry practitioners to lab owners and other issues like their own labs participation in research. There was clearly also a very helpful chat about the preferences of their clients in relation to negative impression capture techniques such as the plaster of paris compared to laser scanning. Additionally of concern was the number of people still want to use the well known “lab discretion” tick on orthoses forms.