PodChatLive is a month-to-month live show for the regular expert growth and development of Podiatrists and other health professionals which might be interested. It is hosted by Ian Griffiths from England in the United Kingdom and Craig Payne from Melbourne in Australia. The hosts stream the show live on Facebook and then is soon after edited and uploaded to YouTube so it does get to a broad audience. Every live episode incorporates a different guest or group of guests to go over a distinctive topic of interest each time. Questions and feedback are usually answered live by the hosts and guests during the live episode on Facebook. There's not much follow-up interaction on the YouTube channel. For those who prefer audio only, there's a PodCast version of every single show on iTunes and also Spotify and the other usual podcast platforms for that purpose. They have gained a sizable following which keeps growing. PodChatLive is viewed as one of many ways that podiatry practitioners are able to get totally free professional development points.
One of many livestreams which was well-liked had been a conversation with a pair of foot orthotic lab owners about the market and how they connect to the podiatry professions. Foot orthotics facilities are in the business of manufacturing customized foot orthotics that Podiatrists use for the clients. The lab proprietors in that show were Artur Maliszewski (from the Footwork Podiatric Laboratory in Melbourne, Australia) and Martin McGeough (from Firefly Orthoses in Ireland). Craig and ian discussed what life is like at the orthoses facilities. They talked in brief on how they individually made the journey from graduating Podiatry practitioners to lab owners and also other subjects such as their own labs involvement in research. There was clearly also a handy discussion around the choices of their clients in relation to negative impression capture techniques including the plaster of paris vs laser mapping. Additionally of interest was how many clients even now must use the notorious “lab discretion” box on orthotic forms.