For this epsiode we assembled a superb panel of paediatric specialists from the UK and Australia. We were joined by Dr Cylie Williams (Associate Professor at Monash University, guest on episode 04), Dr Alicia James (who was on our hugely popular episode 28 talking about her Calcaneal Apophysitis research) and Antoni Caserta (currently completing his PhD in the field of toe walking) from Australia. From the UK we had Nina Davies (Education officer of the Childrens Podiatry Special Advisory Group who covered Paediatric Gait back in episode 38), James Welch (Vice Chair of the Childrens Podiatry Special Advisory Group who joined us as a guest presenter for episode 50) and Matthew Hill (completing his PhD in children’s footwear at the Centre for Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Technologies Staffordshire University). We briefly talked about podopaediatric services during the current global pandemic, online consultations in paediatrics and the early evidence emerging for skin manifestions of the feet associated with COVID-19. We then discussed 3 paediatric cases: A 6 year old idiopathic toe walker, and 18 month old with ‘curly toes’ and a 12 year old with asymptomatic “flat feet” who had been told they needed foot orthoses.
In this, the final episode of 2018, we talked to researcher, lecturer and private practitioner Helen Banwell about the symptomtic Vs asymptomatic flatfoot in children (and discussed when to ‘treat’ Vs when not to), the possible importance of asking about family history, conservative Vs surgical management, dealing with worried and anxious parents and orthoses prescription habits for the younger patient.
About Helen Banwell:
Helen is a lecturer in podiatry and an Academic Integrity Officer for the School of Health Sciences, and Associate Director for the international Centre of Allied Health Evidence (iCAHE) and a founding member of Making Strides (a web based collaborative for those working in foot and lower leg development research). She has been a lecturer of podiatry at UniSA since 1999, teaching paediatric theory and practical as well as introducting second year podiatry students to clinical practice.
To celebrate hitting 50 episodes we had a selection of numerous previous guests on to catch up and chat with. We also invited two of our most popular audience members, “Tobes” and “JW” to guest host with us and ask questions, and they were great. A longer and (much) less serious episode than usual, which was immense fun and a bit of a shambles. Enjoy.
In this episode we talked with paediatric specialist Nina Davies and talked about protocols for assessing the paediatric patient, how under estimated Developmental Coordination Disorder is (and when to be thinking about this rather than just thinking about a clumsy child), the in-toeing child (causes and treatments) and also how important it is to try and be goal/activity orientated and focus on participation in activity rather than searching to “correct” or “fix” things in the developing human.
About Nina Davies:
Nina Davies qualified with a BSc(Hons) in Podiatry from Huddersfield University and a Masters degree in Podiatric Clinical Biomechanics from Staffordshire University. Nina holds a clinical lead post within the NHS, specialising in musculoskeletal podiatry with her clinical work focusing on paediatrics and which involves clinical pathway development, service improvement and contributing to the delivery of training and mentorship. She is also a visiting lecturer at Staffordshire University delivering a module in paediatric podiatry at post graduate level.
In this episode, Cylie Williams talks about the Great Foundations project she is now involved in, the top 3 clinical gems when seeing a paediatric patient and also her more recent work in research translation. See the discussion on Facebook.
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