What can podiatrists do for cyclists?

PodChatLive is the regular monthly live chat for the continuing education of Podiatry practitioners as well as other health professionals that will be involved. The show 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 transferred to YouTube so more people can access it. Each livestream features a different guest or selection of guests to talk about a different subject each month. Queries can be placed live throughout the Facebook stream and replied to live by the hosts and guests. The audio edition is released as a PodCast on iTunes and also Spotify and the other conventional podcast resources. They have attained a significant following among podiatrists and that is improving. PodChatLive can be considered one way by which podiatrists will get free qualified professional development hours or continuing medical education credits.

Episode eighteen of the show looked at bicycling and podiatry and associated topics. The guests were the physical therapist, Robert Brown and the podiatrist, Nathan White. Rob Brown was the past charge Physio for the Orica-GreenEdge professional cycling group and today specializes in cycling evaluation, injury and bike fit. Nathan White has worked closely with numerous elite cyclists all over Australasia and is the co-founder of the made to order orthoses business Cobra9 Cycling Orthotics. In the episode on cycling they discussed exactly what a bike fit includes and just how necessary the bike fit is to prevent injury and improve cycling efficiency. They also talked about the frequent foot problems cyclists present with and the clinical reasoning in regards to dealing with them. This was crucial because of the nature of the bicycling footwear as well as the bio-mechanics of bicycling which is so different to running and walking. They additionally had an deatailed conversation regarding the foot level interventions both inside the footwear (orthoses) and external to it (on the interface with the cleat and pedal).