What can a podiatrist do to help a cyclist?

PodChatLive is the regular monthly live chat for the ongoing education of Podiatry practitioners and also other health professionals who might be involved. The show is hosted by Craig Payne from Melbourne, Australia and Ian Griffiths from England, United Kingtom. The livestream goes out live on Facebook after which is later on modified and downloaded to YouTube so more people can access it. Each stream has a different guest or number of guests to speak about a unique topic each month. Requests are placed live during the Facebook livestream and responded to live by the Ian and Craig and guests. The audio edition is released as a PodCast on iTunes and also Spotify and the other common podcast platforms. They have gathered a considerable following among podiatrists and that is increasing. PodChatLive may very well be one of many ways through which podiatrists could get free qualified professional development hours or continuing medical education credits.

Episode 18 of the series looked over bicycling and podiatry and related problems. The guests were the physical therapist, Robert Brown and the podiatrist, Nathan White. Rob Brown has been the former head Physiotherapist for the Orica-GreenEdge pro cycling team and today specialises in bicycling analysis, injury and bicycle fit. Nathan White has worked closely with numerous elite cyclists throughout Australasia and is the co-founder with the custom made orthoses business Cobra9 Cycling Orthotics. In the show on bicycling they described what a bike fit is made up of and just how important the bike fit would be to prevent injury and improve bicycling efficiency. In addition they described the common foot conditions cyclists present with as well as the clinical reasoning behind taking care of them. This was very important due to the dynamics of the bicycling footwear and the biomechanics of bicycling which is very different to running and walking. They also had a detailed discussion about the foot level treatments both inside the footwear (orthoses) and external to it (on the interface with the cleat/pedal).