PodChatLive is a monthly chat show for the regular professional development of Podiatry practitioners and other people which have been interested. It is hosted by Ian Griffiths coming from England in the United Kingdom and also Craig Payne from Melbourne in Australia. The hosts broadcast the show live on Facebook and then is soon after edited and uploaded to YouTube so that it does reach a diverse audience. Each live episode has a different guest or group of people to discuss a unique topic of interest each time. Questions and feedback are usually answered live by the hosts and guests whilst in the live episode on Facebook. There's not very much follow-up interaction with the YouTube channel. For those who like audio only, there is a PodCast version of each stream on iTunes and also Spotify and the other common podcast platforms for that purpose. They've already gained a considerable following which continues expanding. PodChatLive is viewed as one of many strategies podiatrists are able to get totally free professional development points.
One of the episodes that was popular had been a discussion with 2 foot orthotic lab proprietors about the industry and how they interact with the podiatry professions. Foot orthotics facilities happen to be in the business of producing custom made foot orthotics which Podiatrists make use of for the patients. The lab managers in that episode were Artur Maliszewski (from the Footwork Podiatric Laboratory in Melbourne, Australia) and Martin McGeough (from Firefly Orthoses in Ireland). They described what life is like at the orthoses laboratories. They touched in brief on how they personally made the journey from graduating Podiatry practitioners to lab proprietors and other issues like their own laboratories engagement in research. There was clearly additionally a helpful chat about the choices of their customers in relation to negative impression capture methods such as the plaster of paris as opposed to optical mapping. Also of interest was the number of people still wish to use the infamous “lab discretion” tick on orthotic orders.