In this episode we were totally honoured to be joined by Joe Brooks (Podiatrist, Director of APodA Australia and Beyond Blue speaker) from his home in Tasmania and listen to his personal account of how he has suffered with anxiety and depression. He discussed some of the signs that may suggest getting help would be sensible, how important it is to have that difficult first conversation, and some of his own experiences and coping mechanisms than continue to this day. An inspirational man.
In this episode we were joined by Dr Brad from the East coast and Dr Ebonie from the West coast about the hit TLC show My Feet Are Killing Me. We chatted about how they came to be on the show, the process a patient who is being seen on TV goes through, and some of our favourite real time Twitter comments whilst the show is airing. Follow Ebonie and Brad over on Instagram, and check out the show on TLC, Discovery+ and Really (UK). There were a number of technical difficulties in this brief episode but it was loads of fun talking to them.
In this episode we were joined by the “Doctors of Running” (Matt Klein, Nathan Brown & David Salas) to have one final nerd out for the year about some of the shoes 2020 brought us, with special shouts to Atreyu for a new subscription model (and a really fun shoe), Saucony for crushing it with their Endorphin range, Nike’s Infinity React (which defintely decreases your injury by 52%), and of course the two muscle cars that have been battling it out for WR’s in the Nike Aphafly and Adidas Adizero Adios Pro. We also ask the Doctors what their favourite shoes are and why, and what we should all be excited about looking forward into 2021.
In this episode we were joined by Dr Farrah Jawad who is a Consultant in Musculoskeletal, Sport & Exercise Medicine at Pure Sports Medicine in London (and within the NHS), has worked extensively in elite sport, and has undertaken research at the Royal Ballet looking at seasonal variation in Vitamin D levels among its dancers. We talked about how important Vitamin D is, how common insufficiency is, where we can source Vitamin D, and its link with foot and ankle pathology.
In this episode we were joined by Christian Barton. Christian is a Physiotherapist who completed his PhD in patellofemoral pain and is now a post-doctoral researcher at LaTrobe University, Associate Editor at the BJSM, leads the TREK and GLA:D initiatives and also works in private practice where he specialises in knee pain in runners. He talked through how to differentiate between the most common knee complaints we see, the importance of not ignoring the psychosocial factors during the history taking, the evidence behind foot orthoses for PFP, hip level rehabilitation/exercises and what good and bad management of knee pain may look like in general. He also touched on load management, training habits and gait retraining. Some serious ground covered in this hour!
In this episode we took a deep dive into hallux valgus with two consultants; podiatric surgeon Mr Ian Reilly (Ian Reilly) and orthopaedic surgeon Mr David Gordon (The Bunion Doctor). They shared how they perform a clinical work up for a bunion, along with the answers they give to to the most common patient questions (What is a bunion? What causes bunions? Will it get worse and over what time period?) They each perform hundreds of operations a year, but differ in their approach to this (open surgery Vs minimally invasive/keyhole) so we discussed this, along with some of the most common non-surgical management options for bunions as well. Hope you enjoy.
In this episode we were joined by Physiotherapist and elite runner Anna Boniface to talk about RED-S. She discusses what it is, and the myriad of health implications on multiple body systems along with the performance implications which contributed to the renaming/evolution of this condition from its previous moniker; the female athlete triad (not to mention that males are not immune either!) Anna also covered the key, and often sensitive, questions to ask (about weight, periods and libido) and gave some tips for how to ask them. She also shared with us her own personal story of being diagnosed with it around the time she earnt her vest to represent England in the marathon. Finally, she highlighted how to manage this complex condition within the MDT.
In this episode we welcomed Dr Franco Impellizzeri, Professor in Sport and Exercise Science at Medicine at University of Technology Sydney (UTS). He is an incredibly accomplished researcher with hundreds of publications in the field of sports science and injury mechanisms. He has been one of the most outspoken critics of the acute:chronic workload ratio (ACWR) and the concept of ‘training load error’ and he spoke passionately about what the flaws with it are, why he feels it should be discontinued, and what a better way to monitor load may be
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’.
In this episode we were joined by the Podiatrist, Joseph Frenkel. Joseph has 15 years clinical experience, a professional diploma in Dermatology and a Masters degree in Wound Healing & Tissue Repair. In this episode he was kind enough to walk us through everything we need to know about Chilblains, including the pathophysiology, the clinical manifestations, management and (as always) the importance of a history taking, with an emphasis on the key things which may raise the index of suspicion of the lesion in front of you being a Chilblain.
About Joseph Frenkel:
Joseph Frenkel is a podiatrist in Melbourne, Australia having completed both a Bachelor of Podiatry and a Master of Science with a specialty in Wound Healing and Tissue Repair. Joseph has also completed a Professional Diploma of General Dermatology. Joseph has over 15 years clinical experience in all areas of Podiatry and has worked extensively across private practices, aged care facilities and hospitals. His most recent role is Consultant Podiatrist at the Skin Health Institute where he works with a team of Dermatologists to manage complex nail problems. In addition to his clinical work, Joseph Frenklel holds academic positions at several Universities where he provides clinical supervision and part-time lecturing. He also has regular speaking engagements at seminars, workshops and conferences and mentors Podiatry graduates.
We did a follow-up episode with Nadia Dembsky on chilblains in COVID-19: COVID toes
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