Among the more vital functions that your podiatrist takes on can be to assess the vascular or blood flow status to the foot and lower limb to ascertain if patients are at risk or not for poor healing as a result of blood supply. If a person was at high risk for problems for that reason, then steps need to be considered to lessen that risk and protect the foot from damage, especially when they have diabetes mellitus. The weekly livestream for Podiatry practitioners, PodChatLive focused an entire show to this issue. PodChatLive is a absolutely free continuing learning live that goes live on Facebook. The expected market is podiatrists working in clinical practice, though the real market include a lot of other health care professionals as well. During the live there is lots of discussion and commentary on Facebook. Eventually the edited video version is published to YouTube and the podcast edition is published to the standard platforms like Spotify and also iTunes.
In the stream on vascular complications and examination of the feet the hosts talked with Peta Tehan, a podiatrist, and an academic at the University of Newcastle, Australia and also with Martin Fox who is also a podiatrist and works in a CCG-commissioned, community-based National Health Service service in Manchester where he offers early recognition, diagnosis and best clinical handling of individuals with diagnosed peripheral arterial disease. Through the episode there was many real and beneficial vascular pearls from Martin and Peta. They talked about exactly what a vascular review may need to look like in clinical practice, the need for doppler use for a vascular examination (and frequent mistakes made), all of us listened to some doppler waveforms live (and appreciate how relying upon our ears by itself may not be perfect), and recognized the importance of great history taking and screening in individuals with identified risk factors, notably considering that 50% of those with peripheral arterial disease are asymptomatic.