The Role of Podiatry in Cycling

PodChatLive is the periodic live chat for the continuing education of Podiatry practitioners as well as other people that whom might be included. PodChatLive is hosted by Craig Payne from Melbourne, Australia and Ian Griffiths from England, United Kingtom. The stream goes out live on Facebook after which is later modified and uploaded to YouTube so more people have access to the episode. Each livestream consists of a different guest or number of guests to talk about a unique subject each episode. Queries can be posted live during the Facebook stream and replied to live by the Ian and Craig and guests. The audio version is published as a PodCast on iTunes and also Spotify and the other usual podcast platforms. They've gained a considerable following among podiatry practitioners that's escalating. PodChatLive can be viewed as a great way by which podiatrists could get free qualified professional development time or continuing medical learning credits.

Episode eighteen of the series looked at bicycling and podiatry and associated issues. The guests were the physical therapist, Robert Brown and the podiatrist, Nathan White. Rob Brown was the past charge physical therapist for the Orica-GreenEdge professional cycling group and now specializes in bicycling analysis, injury and cycle fit. Nathan White has worked closely with many elite cyclists throughout Australasia and is the co-founder of the tailor made orthoses company Cobra9 Cycling Orthotics. In the PodChatLive on bicycling they described what a bike fit includes and how necessary the bike fit will be to prevent injury and improve bicycling efficiency. In addition they described the common foot problems bicyclists present with and also the clinical thinking pertaining to managing them. That was crucial due to the dynamics of the bicycling footwear and the biomechanics of bicycling which is very distinct to running and walking. They also had an deatailed dialogue about the foot level treatments both inside the shoe (orthoses) and external to it (on the interface with the cleat and pedal).