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Armstrong Keynotes at Launch of UK World-Class Wound Healing Unit

On Monday, May 12 health care staff, patients and political officials gathered for the ribbon-cutting of a new integrated healthcare service center in Mayday University Hospital in London for people with diabetes, vascular conditions and those needing specialist wound care. The new center, based in the refurbished Fairfield wards, will provide a high standard of wound care for complex wounds and diabetic feet from a local specialist team. Several thousand patients each year are expected to be served by this new facility.

From left: Hellen Walley, CEO of Mayday NHS Trust, Stella Vig, Vascular Surgeon, Prof. David G. Armstrong and Richard Ottaway Conservative Member of British Parliament.

The official ceremony included keynote remarks by David Armstrong, DPM, PhD, Professor of Surgery at the William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and International Wound Care Ambassador. Dr. Armstrong explained to the 100 guests how a multidisciplinary team working together can prevent an amputation. “It takes a team to prevent an amputation, and podiatrists, vascular surgeons, nurses, educators and diabetologists, among others, can work together to make a real difference,” said Dr. Armstrong.

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U.K. Urged to Do More Against Bosses’ Demands on Heels 


The U.K. must do more to protect women from discriminatory workplace dress codes, a panel of lawmakers said, after more than 150,000 people signed a petition calling for it to be illegal to make employees wear high heels.


On average, women say they suffer pain from ill-fitting high heels within one hour of putting them on, the report said, citing evidence from the College of Podiatry. A fifth of respondents to a survey by the college said they were in pain after just 10 minutes.


Source: Thomas Penny, Bloomberg [1/24/17]



Lack Of Enough Podiatrists In Oman Barrier To Diabetic Foot Care: Expert


Infections of the foot are one of the most common concerns for those suffering from diabetes worldwide. But experts say preventive measures can reduce the risk of lower limb ulcerations and amputations by 45 to 85 per cent. However, lack of sufficient podiatric professionals in Oman is being cited as a barrier to providing care for patients with diabetic foot diseases. A study conducted by Ibrahim al Busaidi, Nadia Abdulhadi, and Kirsten Coppell at the Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) in 2016 outlines this as a main challenge associated with diabetic foot diseases.


Ibrahim al Busaidi


According to Busaidi who is working at the Canterbury District Health Board, Christchurch Hospital, in New Zealand said, “A shortage of podiatrists is common in many countries worldwide, particularly in developing countries.” He added that there are 16 podiatrists employed in the public health system in Oman, of which 13 are based in Muscat and the other three are located in Dakhliyah, North Sharqiyah, and North Batinah governorates. “This equates to approximately one podiatrist per 5,000 patients with diabetes in Oman.


Source: Hamood al Breiki, Muscat Daily [12/27/16]



The Duchess of Cornwall Meets With Podiatrists and Patients


The day of meetings followed a busy day yesterday for Camilla (the Duchess of Cornwall) who enjoyed a rare night out with her son Tom Parker Bowles and husband Charles. She started her day at a visit to the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine in central London where she met with podiatrists and patients.


Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall


Dressed in a chic blue dress emblazoned with yellow flowers, the Duchess, who is Patron of the College of Podiatry, was treated to a guided tour of the hospital. During her day out, she met with Dr. Tariq Khan, who examined a young patient alongside the royal, as well as showing her the benefits of therapeutic insoles. 


Source: Rebecca English and Bianca London, Daily Mail [9/8/16]



IMO Reaffirms Podiatrists' Role in Diabetes Management


The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has written to the Health Services Executice (HSE) to highlight that GPs who hold a GMS contract are not resourced to undertake chronic disease management in general practice. The move comes after the HSE attempted to introduce changes in diabetes work practices in the North East region in advance of additional resource provisions and a new GMS contract.


A letter from Dr. John McDermott, Chair of the HSE Dublin North East Diabetic Services Implementation Group, detailed the appointment of three full-time and two-part time podiatrists at hospitals. This is part of the National Diabetes Foot Care Programme and includes a national podiatry referral form for GP use. Dr. McDermott wrote that podiatrists would now be accepting referrals for diabetic patients with “high-risk feet.”


Source: Naimh Cahill, Irish Medical News [8/31/14]



Podiatry Institute to Hold Diabetes Workshops in Nigeria


In its effort to sensitize Nigeria’s medical community about the risk of leg amputation for people living with diabetes, Rainbow Specialist Medical Centre, Lekki, is scheduled to hold Nigeria’s first Podiatry and Diabetes Foot Care Workshop. Announcing this at a press conference in Lagos, the Medical Director of the centre, Dr. A. R. Isiavwe emphasized that the workshop was aimed at educating key players in the medical community on how to look after the feet of persons with diabetes in a bid to reduce the rate of amputation currently experienced in hospitals nationwide.


The workshop would be held in partnership with members of the Podiatry Institute, Georgia, USA. “We are trying to stand in the gap,” Isiavwe said. “As of today, we do not have any foot care training policy in Nigeria, so we are partnering with the Podiatry Institute from the USA, which members would be the facilitators of the workshop.”


Source: Solomon Elusoji, This Day Live [3/13/14]



Lack of Needed Podiatrists Noted in Nigeria


The lack of local capacity and training of podiatrists (medical specialists in foot care) for people living with diabetes in Nigeria is currently taking its toll on the management and care of the disorder in the country. Currently, there are no podiatrists in Nigeria; neither are there training facilities or institutions equipped to build capacity for the specialty.


Findings by Good Health Weekly reveal that even if a trained podiatrist comes into Nigeria from abroad, such specialist would find it difficult to integrate or practice. Yet, other specialists such as endocrinologists who are trained to look after diabetics, cannot effectively carry out their role without the support and contribution of podiatrists.


Source: Sola Ogundipe, [3/11/14]



GA Podiatrist Bequests Gift to APF in Honor of CA Podiatrist


Mort Wittenberg, DPM, a long-time supporter of American Physicians and Friends for Medicine in Israel (APF) recently made a generous gift in recognition of the efforts of its immediate past president, Dr. Paul R. Scherer. Dr. Wittenberg's gift will help support the Fellowship Program that brings exceptional Israeli physicians to the United States for a year of education at a major University Hospital setting with the intent of the doctor returning to Israel to educate other physicians.


Dr. Mort Wittenberg


Dr. Wittenberg and his wife have been dedicated supporters of Israel and the APF for more than 40 years. Dr. Wittenberg took time out of his practice in Georgia each year to establish a small clinic at Kfar Menachem in Israel to treat patients before Israel had official podiatrists in the Ministry of Health. He was one of the driving forces, which ultimately resulted in the establishment of the foot clinic at Hadassah Ein Kerem in Jerusalem.


Source: AFP Newsletter [February 2014]



Complaints Against UK Podiatrists Orchestrated by Orthopaedic Surgeons

Orthopaedic surgeons claim they regularly have to repair disasters caused by podiatric surgeons. "There are two groups of podiatric surgeons, one of them is willing to work alongside orthopaedic surgeons in hospitals, and the other is not," says Anthony Sakellariou, spokesman for the British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society. "All the problems I have seen come from this second group."

The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists insists the complaints about podiatrists are being orchestrated by orthopaedic surgeons anxious to protect their territory. Spokesman Ron Finlay said: "A small number of cases go wrong, whether conducted by podiatric surgeons or orthopaedic surgeons. It is not the case that podiatric surgeons are any less competent than orthopaedic surgeons when it comes to foot surgery."

Source: Lois Rogers, Daily Mail



UK Elderly Forced to Pay $27 to Get Toenails Cut

Elderly residents in a number of Sheffield care homes are being forced to pay up to £17 ($27) to have their toe nails cut. ‘Significant’ numbers of old people face a waiting list of more than four months to get basic foot care from the NHS, meaning they have no choice but to fork out for a private podiatrist. A lack of trained members of care home staff, and a shortage of training spaces, worsen the problem.

Only four NHS podiatrists are available to cover about 500 new referrals a month from the city’s 91 care homes. Sheffield Podiatry Service has less than 25 per cent of the proportional number of staff than the national norm.

Source: Gael Stigant, Postcode Gazette [10/30/12]



Furor Over Closure of Podiatry Clinic in South Africa

Cape Town pensioner Rachel Jacobs, 80, suffers from chronic diabetes and, since being diagnosed in 1993, has suffered complications related to the disease such as foot ulcers and foot infections. Her conditions steadily worsened as she could not afford to pay a podiatrist to treat the symptoms. But since trained podiatric volunteers opened up a foot clinic in 2005 at the provincial-run day hospital in Kensington, she received treatment that saved her from possibly having to undergo amputation.

However, the treatment she and over 1,000 other diabetes patients receive at the Kensington-Factreton KENFAC Foot Clinic is running out as the volunteers have been ordered to vacate the room they occupy at the clinic by the end of this month. The decision to evict the KENFAC Foot Clinic podiatrist has sparked anger among the Kensington residents, the hospital's health committee, and the patients who receive treatment there, with calls to the provincial health department to intervene in the matter.

Source: Peter Lahanga, West Cape News [9/18/12]



Podiatry Clinic Cancellations Prompt Peninsula Trust Apology

About 140 patients requiring treatment on their feet and legs had appointments cancelled at short notice. Peninsula Community Health (PCH) said "unexpected" staff sickness had forced it to suspend the clinics, although that had now been addressed.

But Diabetes UK said missing routine treatment could lead to complications which could result in amputations. A podiatrist diagnoses and treats conditions which affect the foot, ankle, and lower legs. These range from relatively minor conditions, such as corns and bunions, to serious issues such as ulcers and circulatory disorders.

Source: BBC [8/20/12]



UK Podiatrists Given Right to Independently Prescribe Meds

Physiotherapists are to be allowed to prescribe medicines without a doctor's authorization, as long as they receive the appropriate training, the government has announced. Podiatrists are to be given similar independent prescribing powers, increasing access to treatments for patients with conditions affecting their feet or ankles.

Alan Borthwick

Alan Borthwick, from the College of Podiatry, said the change in legislation "will provide the podiatry profession with greater flexibility to prescribe and supply appropriate treatment to meet individual patient needs."

Source: Netdoctor [7/24/12]



Royal College of Surgeons Opposes Use of Title "Surgeon" by UK Podiatrists

A poll published by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has revealed that 92% of people are in favor of the use of the title ‘surgeon’ to be legally protected. There are currently no restrictions on who can use the title, and according to the poll, only 27% of people would check a surgeon’s qualifications before having an operation. The RCS is particularly adamant that podiatrists and ‘aesthetic surgeons’ who have not undertaken the required sixteen years of training should be denied the title. The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) has openly supported them.

However, the Department of Health has countered claims that no podiatrists should be able to use the job title of ‘surgeon’. A representative of the department says that they are "fully supportive of podiatrists who have undergone the appropriate training performing surgery of the foot and ankle. These professionals are regulated by the Health Professions Council (HPC)."

Source: The Information Daily [7/16/12]



Diabetes UK launches the 'Putting Feet First' Campaign

Diabetes UK said as many as 80% of the 199 amputated lower limbs could have been saved. It comes as Diabetes Week launches, with a focus on raising awareness of the complications that people living with the condition can encounter. Iain Foster, National Director at Diabetes UK Northern Ireland, said many people with diabetes are not aware of the risk of losing a limb. Diabetes UK encouraged them to have their feet checked annually.

Sam Wright, who was diagnosed with type two diabetes 10 years ago, said he might have avoided losing his leg if he had gone for regular checkups. "In March 2009, my life changed forever," the 56-year-old explained. "This is when my left leg was amputated, just below the knee. All this could possibly have been avoided if I had seen a podiatrist on a regular basis. I can't emphasise enough the importance of foot care and would encourage anyone with diabetes to see a podiatrist on a regular basis - to stop these disasters from occurring.

Source: UTV [6/11/12]



Canadian Podiatrists May Soon Have the Authority to Prescribe Narcotics

More healthcare providers may soon have the authority to prescribe narcotics, a move one nurse practitioner says could help piece together fragmented healthcare for Canadians. Proposed changes to the Controlled Substances Act and its associated regulations would allow midwives, nurse practitioners, and foot specialists to prescribe medications classified as controlled substances as soon as this fall. They would be allowed to prescribe in those provinces and territories that have laws that allow such groups to write prescriptions. 

Dr. Richard Bochinski

Dr. Richard Bochinski of the Canadian Podiatric Medical Association said the changes are a "huge step" and will have great benefits, especially for podiatric surgery patients. "They don't have to run around looking for some-one who's going to give them pain medication," Bochinski said. "They can get it from the source, the actual surgeon who's doing the procedures." Another benefit, Bochinski said, will be cost savings; fewer visits to doctors will save money not only for patients, but for the healthcare system as well.

Source: Gemma Karstens-Smith, [5/10/12]



UK Podiatry Society to Run ‘Feet for Life Month’ Campaign

The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (SCP) has appointed PR agency Ceres to run a six-month campaign to raise awareness of foot health during ‘Feet for Life Month’ in June. The focus of the campaign will be specifically on foot care in sports. Issues such as sprains, torn ligaments and joint and muscle problems will be addressed with information on common complaints, symptoms, prevention, and treatment.

The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists

The campaign will have access to leading sports podiatrists who treat some of the best-known athletes. 7,500 practicing podiatry members of SCP will help spread the foot health message and encourage people to visit their local chiropodist or podiatrist.

Source: Laura Monks, FeaturesExec Media Bulletin [2/23/12]



Duchess of Cornwall Commends UK Podiatry Society on Its Centennial 

Camilla Parker Bowles joined celebrations in honour of the centenary of Britain's first podiatry organization. The Duchess of Cornwall was presented with a sculpture of Her Royal Highness by The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists to mark 100 years of the group's existence. She commended the organization's hard work for the past century and said that it does a fantastic job at "keeping us all on the road" and that "without chiropodists and podiatrists, we wouldn't have a leg to stand on." 

Camilla Bowles, The Duchess of Cornwall

The society, formed in 1912, came to being in 1945 after five English chiropody organizations joined together to create the British branch of the European body. Stuart Baird, chairman of the organization, said: "We are extremely proud of the work and advancements made by the podiatry profession over the last 100 years. We now have consultant podiatrists employed in the NHS in fields of podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery."

Source: Megan Smith, Mediplacements [2/20/12]



Canadian Podiatric Diabetes Event Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary 


The British Columbia Podiatric Medical Association recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Live Well with Diabetes event. The event started with a two-day diabetes-focused seminar for medical professionals, then a public forum, which was followed by a dinner provided for people with diabetes and those who are underprivileged. This year’s event also incorporated the 2011 APMA Region VII Conference within the seminar portion of the weekend. 


Back row (L-R) Connie Abram, Exec Dir., Western Canada Diabetes Ass'n; Donna Van Walleghem, Regional Director, Canadian Diabetes Ass'n; Drs. Joseph Stern, Pres, CPMA and Tim Kalla; Phil Moore. Front row Rufus Dorsey, Martha Paris.


The full weekend event was started by two B.C. podiatrists, Dr. Tim Kalla and Dr. Joseph Stern. Over the years, the event has expanded both in terms of involvement and activities. In addition to a growing list of podiatrists involved, the event also includes numerous event partners, such as the Canadian Diabetes Association, Paris Orthotics, Lady Sport, and the University of British Columbia.



Aussie Podiatrists Hit Airwaves to Promote Diabetes Awareness

A new series of advertisements are urging diabetics to get regular podiatry checks to reduce amputations. The ads, run by the Australasian Podiatry Council, feature three patients who believe their foot was saved, or would have been saved, by seeing a podiatrist. They will be broadcast on commercial television and community radio this month as part of foot health month. It is also World Diabetes Day on November 14. 

Aussie Podiatry Ad

Alfred Health podiatry program manager Liz Dalton, who is based at Caulfield Hospital, said toe and leg amputations were quite common in diabetics and could be avoided. Diabetics should check their feet daily for areas of redness, blisters, or discoloration, she said. “They should be looking for anything that wasn’t there yesterday,” Ms. Dalton said. “If you’re unaware of what can happen and what to look for, you can end up with ulcerations which may be slow to heal and ultimately lead to amputation.”

Source: Jenny Ling, Caulfield Glen Eira Leader [10/19/11]



Australian Podiatrists Take Fight Against Diabetes to the Airwaves

Australia’s podiatrists have stepped up the fight against diabetes amputations, with a major series of television and radio Community Service Announcements (CSA) to be broadcast nationwide. The advertisements will be on screens and radios starting this week as part of the Australasian Podiatry Council’s 2011 Foot Health Month. 

Rachael Bradhurst

The television CSA features the President of Sports Podiatry Queensland, Rachael Bradhurst. The CSAs feature Ms. Bradhurst and three patients who either believe their foot was saved, or would have been saved, by seeing a podiatrist. It is the first time CSAs have been created by the Australasian Podiatry Council.



UK Physiotherapists And Podiatrists May Soon Be Able To Prescribe Medication For Their Patients

A government consultation, closing on the 8th December, is currently deciding whether physiotherapists and podiatrists may soon be able to prescribe medication for their patients without needing a doctor's written agreement. The decision would allow physiotherapists and podiatrists to enjoy the same prescribing rights as other non-medical professionals like nurses and pharmacists.

Source: Petra Rattue, MediLexicon International Ltd via Medical News Today



Australian Podiatry Council Lobbies for More Medicare-Covered Visits

The Australian Podiatry Council is lobbying the federal government to make visits to podiatrists more accessible for people by increasing the number of visits covered by Medicare. Medicare only covers five visits a year. 

Dr. Elizabeth Sarkady

Dr. Elizabeth Sarkady says she wanted Medicare to provide cover for 12 visits a year to allow podiatrists to be able to educate people about self-management. She says all diabetes sufferers are at risk of foot problems, but podiatrists can help them manage the risks with regular visits. People with diabetes can develop a range of foot problems including ulcers, calluses and poor circulation, which in extreme cases can result in amputation.

Source: Wyndham Weekly, [9/21/11]



Australasian Podiatry Council Creates Diabetes Toll Calculator

The devastating effect diabetes has on the lives, limbs, and hip pockets of many Australians has now been fully exposed for the first time. The Australasian Podiatry Council (APodC) has created the diabetic foot disease toll calculator, which shows the effect of diabetes on foot health in terms of hospital bed days, lower extremity amputations, deaths and costs in real time.

Andrew Schox

The left hand side of the calculator shows the consequences if the current system of diabetic foot health management in Australia is maintained. The right hand side shows how the effects can be reduced with optimal foot health care. APodC President, Andrew Schox says the calculator is a sobering reminder of the reality facing many Australians.



Australian Medical Association Attacks Medical Training of Podiatrists

The Australian Medical Association is resisting a push to allow non-medically trained podiatric surgeons to operate on feet, challenging their ability to provide quality care and claiming their very titles may mislead patients. AMA vice-president Steve Hambleton claimed patients could be misled into believing a podiatric surgeon was a medically-trained doctor, and podiatrists and podiatric surgeons lacked the wider knowledge that could prove vital for some patients. Many patients could have simultaneous medical conditions that podiatrists would be ill-equipped to handle. 

Andrew Schox

Perth podiatrist Andrew Schox, president of the Australasian Podiatry Council, said that, contrary to the AMA's claims, podiatric surgeons trained for a similar amount of time to orthopedic surgeons before qualifying, by which time they would have done an average of 3,000 foot operations. Mr. Schox rejected the claim that patients with other health problems might suffer, saying operations were done in consultation with a patient's GP or specialist. He rejected the AMA's claim that patients might be misled by the term "podiatric surgeon", saying "doctor" was a courtesy title used by vets and dentists as well as doctors.

Source: Adam Cresswell, The Australian, [5/2/11]



CFPM Supports  Michener Institute Diploma Change to Include Podiatric Medicine 

The Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine says the name change of the diploma at the Michener Institute to include podiatric medicine is an important step in the evolution of the profession of chiropody and podiatry in Canada. The Michener Institute of Applied Health Science changed the name of the chiropody diploma to include a reference to podiatric medicine. Graduates, upon completion of Michener's Chiropody program, will now be granted  a "Graduate Advanced Diploma in Podiatric Medicine (D.Pod.M.)"

This decision was made after significant consultation with faculty, students, alumni and professional associations and received final approval by the Board of Governors on January 20, 2009. It was agreed that this new designation better reflects the current scope of practice and curriculum. This re-designation will take effect for the 2009 graduating class.

Stephen Hartman

"Over the past 25 years, the profession of chiropody and podiatry has advanced, one small step at a time to what it is today," says Stephen Hartman, CEO of the Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine. "The name change is a significant milestone in the profession."