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The Role of Podiatry in Forensic Medicine

PodChatLive is a month-to-month livestream on Facebook to deliver educational content for the professional development of Podiatry practitioners as well as other health care professionals who could be interested in the topics which they include. While the show goes out live on Facebook to begin with, it is after edited and submitted to YouTube to reach a larger market. Each live episode features a different person or group of guests to talk about a distinctive subject every time. Queries are replied to live by the hosts and guests whilst in the live show on Facebook. Also, there is a PodCast version of every single episode on iTunes as well as Spotify and the other common podcast websites. They have got attained a large following which continues growing. PodChatLive can be regarded as one of many ways in which podiatry practitioners can usually get free professional improvement points or CME's.

One of the more current popular episodes was one on forensic podiatry. This is a comparatively new subject of podiatry and has now become a fundamental area of the forensic judicial system is an example of how podiatry practitioners are creating an impact outside the typical part of clinical practice. The primary area that the forensic podiatrist focuses on are gait analysis, the wear on shoes, foot print investigation and the evidence that is left behind at crime scenes. Podiatry practitioners working with law enforcement and present in the court the abilities both legally and with their podiatric expertise to back up the justice services. In the episode of PodChatLive, the hosts spoke to Professor Wesley Vernon, OBE and Mr Jeremy Walker. They covered the history of forensic podiatry and the way a podiatrist with an interest could look at getting involved. They outlined a standard day in the life of a forensic podiatrist, the way they carry out an evaluation of footwear. Each guests discussed a few of their more memorable cases.

Would you consider a career in podiatry?

A career in podiatry is something that those considering their future may want to consider. Podiatry is that profession which is focused on the prevention and management of ailments of the feet and connected structures. Podiatric doctors use a variety of different medical, physical, pharmacological, biomechanical and surgical interventions to take care of just about everything that can and does go wrong with the foot. The education to become podiatrist differs from country to country with the degree being a 4 yr undergraduate degree for most places with post-graduate education in areas of interest. In the USA it is a 4 yr post-graduate degree followed by a 3 year residency. The range of practice and the period of time of education does vary a great deal internationally. A fairly easy search online will turn up the information required for learning in each country.

The long run for podiatry is probably very good as a result of aging population and also the diabetes epidemic being driven by the obesity crisis. Those in the older age groups have a much higher incidence of foot problems, so as the populace ages, so too will the demand for podiatrists. It’s the same with the obesity crisis which is leading to the greatly increased prevalence of diabetes. Those with diabetes are at a significantly increased risk for conditions of the feet and also amputation, so in these people excellent foot care and podiatry management is necessary to prevent and treat these issues.
 
Podiatrists also work in lots of other distinct areas such as sports medicine and paediatrics. Here they will use various treatment modalities to prevent and treat disorders of the foot and leg in sportsman and children. Their part is important in these populations. In rheumatology settings they are going to be working with other health care professionals to deal with all the problems that happen in the feet of those with the various joint disease type conditions.