PodChatLive is the monthly livestream for the regular expert continuing development of Podiatry practitioners as well as other clincians which might be interested. It is hosted by Ian Griffiths coming from England in the UK and also Craig Payne from Melbourne in Australia. Craig and Ian stream the show live on Facebook and after that is soon after modified and published to YouTube so it can reach a diverse viewers. Every live show features a different person or group of guests to talk about a unique area of interest each time. Inquiries and comments usually are replied to live by the hosts and guests while in the live show on Facebook. There isn't much follow-up conversation on the YouTube channel. For people who prefer audio only, there's a PodCast version of each stream on iTunes as well as Spotify and the other typical podcast resources for that use. They have gained a big following which continues growing. PodChatLive can be considered one of many ways that podiatry practitioners are able to get free professional education points.
One of many shows that was well-liked had been a discussion with a couple of foot orthotic lab owners in regards to the market and how they connect with the podiatry professions. Foot orthotics facilities are in the business of producing custom made foot orthotics which Podiatry practitioners make use of for the clients. The lab owners 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 every day life is like in the orthotic laboratories. They touched in brief about how they personally made the journey from being Podiatrists to lab entrepreneurs as well as other issues such as their laboratories engagement in research. There was clearly also a very helpful discussion about the preferences of their customers with regards to negative impression capture techniques such as the plaster of paris vs laser scanning. Also of concern was the number of people still wish to use the infamous “lab discretion” box on orthoses orders.