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.