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The benefits of interdisciplinary conferences

There are so many professional associations globally representing so many different specialities and expert individuals. One of these is a organization identified as i-Fab. This is the International Foot and Ankle Biomechanics community that is a multidisciplinary team of industry experts with an interest in foot and ankle biomechanics. They are comprised of academics, physicians, podiatry practitioners, orthopaedic specialists, engineers, physical therapists and other health professionals, footwear industry personal, insole/orthotic suppliers, surgical products manufacturers and related markets. They are a really assorted group. The organisation aims to deliver information about the global activities in connection with foot and ankle biomechanics. They link those who are employed in the foot and ankle biomechanics area irrespective of their location and discipline they may be from. Additionally they would like to facilitate discussion on major issues of interest for the worldwide community and build coordinated association wide activities. Most importantly they are endeavoring to produce a profile for an worldwide critical mass of research activities which are related to foot and ankle biomechanics.

As a result one of their main actions is an international convention that is held every 2 yrs. This convention moves worldwide and it has been held by a number of different countries. The 2018 iFab convention happened in New York in the USA. An episode of PodChatLive was devoted to a discourse 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 fascinating papers that were presented at the conference. This discussion was live on Facebook. It was later submitted to YouTube and made available as a podcast edition accessible form a lot of the podcast platforms. It was a unique approach taken by the hosts to analyze a meeting, since they typically have a different guest on each week to talk about a topic. It is not known if they will try and cover the 2020 conference.

The Role of Podiatrists in Preventing Falls in Older People

PodChatLive is the weekly live show for the ongoing education of Podiatrists and others that might be interested. The stream goes out live on Facebook and after that is later added to YouTube. Each livestream has a different person or number of guests to talk about a unique theme each time. Queries are responded to live by the hosts and guests throughout the livestream on Facebook. Additionally, there is a PodCast version of every single episode offered on iTunes and also Spotify and the other usual podcast sources. They have gained a large following that continues to grow. PodChatLive is viewed as one of the ways through which podiatrists can usually get free continuing education credits.

On popular episode was when the hosts talked with Annette Davis and discussed what the evidence tells us and doesn’t tell us about the role of footwear and falls in older people. Podiatrists play an important role in advising this patient population on the correct footwear that should be used to avoid falls or lower the risk for them happening. Annette explained that role of the Podiatrist in the screening for falls risk and how to communicate effectively to older people regarding this. She made a pretty solid case for all individuals of a certain age to be risk assessed regardless of why they are attending clinic to see a podiatrist, even for an unrelated issue. Annette also talked about the reasons why that older individuals choose certain shoes that are probably not appropriate and the challenges this can bring to the Podiatrist-patient interactions. Annette Davis is Podiatrist from Melbourne in Australia and is currently serving as a Project Manager at the Department of Health and Human Services in the state of Victoria working on the issue of falls. She is currently completely her PhD on footwear and falls at Monash University and hopes to finish that soon.