The second part of our chilblains double-header focused on these skin manifestations alongside the current global pandemic, specifically the chilblains (ie COVID toes), and what the changing and emerging evidence is telling us (currently). We were joined by Nadia Dembskey, who obtained her Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Johannesburg, sits on the Podiatry Association of South Africa National Executive Committee and has just submitted her PhD proposal to investigate this exact phenomena of ‘COVID toes’.
Foot in Diabetes UK (FDUK) have recently developed a COVID-19 Amputation Prevention Pathway with the goal of getting all Podiatrists and lower limb clinicians comfortable and confident calling out the two biggest risks for immediate amputation – severe infection and ischaemia – to help triage skills and knowing when to generate urgent referral requests. We were joined by Mike Edmonds (Consultant Physician and FDUK Honorary President), Martin Fox (Vascular Specialist Podiatrist), Paul Chadwick (Clinical Director of College of Podiatry), Naseer Ahmad (Consultant Vascular Surgeon) and Emma McConnarchie as a Private practitioner representative.
In this episode we welcomed Steve Jamieson (CEO of the College of Podiatry, UK) and Nello Marino (CEO of the Australian Podiatry Association) to discuss the strange and unprecedented situation we have all found ourself in in recent times due to the current global pandemic. We discussed what their daily lives currently look like, how they are trying to support their members, their understanding of what their members greatest concerns are and also the support they are giving all members through this time. It is clear that individuals are responding differently due to variance in their working situations and also their own mindset and approach to such a situation; so when you combine this with an evolving understanding of what we are actually dealing with on a global scale it is unsurprising that there are no black and white answers.
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