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05/22/2008    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS

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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09/02/2014    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS


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]

03/15/2014    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS


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]

03/13/2014    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS


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, allafrica.com [3/11/14]

02/08/2014    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS


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]

02/05/2013    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS


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


11/01/2012    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS


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]


09/21/2012    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS


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]


08/21/2012    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS


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]


07/26/2012    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS


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]


07/17/2012    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS


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]


06/15/2012    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS


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]


05/12/2012    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS


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, vancouversun.com [5/10/12]


02/25/2012    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS


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]


02/24/2012    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS


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]


11/26/2011    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS


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.

10/20/2011    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS


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]


10/05/2011    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS


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.


09/29/2011    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS


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


09/23/2011    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS


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]


06/18/2011    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS


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.


05/03/2011    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS


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]


05/06/2009    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS

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."


02/23/2009    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS

Students Line up for Australian Podiatry School


Students are lining up for a four-year full-time-only podiatry course at La Trobe's Bundoora campus. According to associate lecturer and first year coordinator Daniel Bonanno, would-be podiatrists are often drawn to the profession after personal contact with a podiatrist, possibly following a sports injury. Podiatrists see everyone from young children and elite athletes to the elderly. La Trobe students get a chance to see the full range of patients at the university's podiatry clinic, which is apparently the biggest in the southern hemisphere.












Podiatrist Danni Paterson at Royal Newcastle Hospital (Photo: Darren Pateman)


On graduating, podiatry students can apply for registration and are able to work across Australia and even in Britain. The fact that the qualification is recognised in Britain means students can, and often do, go to work there for a few years. For those working in Australia, starting salaries for podiatrists are about $50,000 a year - and, says Mr. Bonanno, there's no shortage of jobs.


Source: The Age, Melbourne, Australia [2/22/09]

 


09/09/2008    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS

CFPM CEO Awarded National Conference Scholarship


The Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine (CFPM) has announced that Mr. Stephen Hartman, Chief Executive Officer has won the prestigious CSAE National Conference Scholarship. The Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) is a national association that is Canada's "association of associations.” It consists of individuals who manage many of this country's most progressive associations.












Stephen Hartman


Each year Starwood Hotels & Resorts offers the National Conference Scholarship to CSAE executive members. The candidate for this elite scholarship must have demonstrated commitment to and involvement in CSAE at the national level. As a recipient of this award, Mr. Hartman will be attending the CSAE National Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia on October 2 to 4, 2008.


CFPM is a national association comprising duly qualified foot care practitioners who are committed to the foot health of Canadians. The CFPM represents chiropodists and podiatrists from across Canada in the provinces of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, and Prince Edward Island.


06/18/2008    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS

Fourth World Union Symposium Draws 5000


Nearly 5,000 people from 70 nations convened in Toronto last week for the Fourth World Union of Wound Healing Societies Symposium. Held every four years, this is the world's leading multinational symposium in its field.












From left: Professor Jan Apelqvist, Lund, Sweden Steven Kravitz, DPM, Robert Frykberg, DPM, MPH, Professor AJM Boulton, Manchester, UK and Professor David G. Armstrong


Several well-known members of the international diabetic foot/amputation prevention community served as “captains” and headed up the diabetic foot symposium.

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