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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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11/09/2018    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS


CA and NY Podiatrists Advocate for Podiatry Specialty in Romania


 


Lee Rogers, DPM (Diabetes Liaison to the APMA), Daniel Kline (ED of NYSPMA), and Andrew Pavelescu, DPM (YM chair of NYSPMA) spoke at the United Nations Millennium Hilton for the Romanian American Business Council about the wave of diabetes and amputations in Romania and the need to establish the specialty of podiatry to address this growing problem. They cited American data on the success of podiatrists and teams in preventing limb losses and reducing costs in diabetes.


 













(L-R) Stefan Minovici (CEO of the Romanian American Business Council), Dr. Andrew Pavelescu, Daniel Kline, and Dr. Lee Rogers



 


The audience consisted of the Romanian Secretary of State, Minister of Health, Ambassador to the UN, Ambassador to the U.S., and other government and healthcare leaders from Romania. U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams also spoke to the Council.

10/09/2018    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS


Expert Laments Dearth of Podiatrists in Nigeria


 


Despite five million Nigerians suffering from diabetes with tens of thousands of such people at risk of diabetic foot ulcers, the country only has two podiatrists, the Project Coordinator of the Gintervenes Health Foundation (GHF), Dr. Andrew Agun, has said. Speaking during a week-long training for nurses on Diabetes Foot Care in Lagos recently, and organized by GHF, he said what was more worrisome is that many Nigerians were increasingly being diagnosed with diabetic foot ulcers with no commensurate expertise to address their issues.


 


He said, "Podiatry is not taught in any university in Nigeria, so there is a big gap because when people have severe foot issues, the next thing is to take it to orthopaedic surgeons who would most likely amputate it if they can’t manage it." The best people to manage foot issues are podiatrists, and in Nigeria, there are presently only two of them, and they both work with private healthcare facilities in Lagos and Abuja.


 


Source: Martins Ifijeh, This Day [10/6/18]

06/20/2018    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS


UK Podiatrist Discusses PTTD


 


"One of the most common causes of adult-acquired flat feet is posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD)," explains Rebecca Gomez, a podiatrist and clinical podiatry lead at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. "This is where one of the ligaments on the inside of the ankle that helps support the arch loses function." This can lead to instability, deformity of the foot, and degenerative changes in the surrounding joints in the form of osteoarthritis.


 













Rebecca Gomez



 


PTTD can be the result of overuse, or a sprained ankle which didn’t heal properly, but risk factors also include diabetes (as high blood sugar levels can damage tendons), hypertension (which reduces blood flow to the ligaments that keep the arch in place), and obesity (as the load the feet are supporting is increased).


 


Source: Claire Coleman, The Daily Mail [6/18/18]

06/12/2018    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS


FL and AZ Podiatrists Inducted into RCPSG 


 


Robert Snyder, DPM, Professor at Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine and Jeffrey Jensen, DPM, Director of the Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine were inducted in Scotland as Faculty Fellows in Podiatric Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow) (RCPSG). 


 














(L-R) Drs. Jeffrey Jensen and Robert Snyder




 


In a regal ceremony at the University of Glasgow, both doctors were recognized for their lifelong achievements and contributions to the profession. The college selects candidates by recommendation only and represents one of most prestigious accolades bestowed on podiatrists by the international community.

06/06/2018    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS


UK Podiatrists Promote Foot Health Month


 


The College of Podiatry is urging people to discover how simple it is to keep their feet in peak condition this Foot Health Month, which takes place throughout June 2018. “Having healthy feet enables us to keep fit and well and that’s why we all need to look after them,” says Emma McConnachie, a podiatrist from the College of Podiatry.


 













Emma McConnachie



 


“Without healthy, pain-free feet, we can’t walk, do sports, or even relax properly. Imagine feeling as if you are walking on sharp stones each time you took a step. That is how some foot conditions can feel. “A basic knowledge of foot health care is essential for everyone and that’s what this year’s Foot Health Month is all about.”


 


Source: Female First [6/1/18]

05/30/2018    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS


UK's SCP States Stance on Patients' Recording Consultations


 


The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (SCP) has published guidelines on patients recording podiatrists during consultations, both covertly and overtly, in an attempt to tackle the tensions between encouraging transparency and protecting the interests of its members and the efficiency and integrity of their consultations. The SCP’s stance is that podiatrists and practices should not exercise any meaningful prohibition of recording if patients request it. They should invite patients to record consultations for personal use.


 


Examples given of appropriate use include sharing the podiatrist’s recommendations with family members. The rationale is that the information is confidential to the patient and that it is for the patient alone to decide with whom it might be shared. There would be nothing, of course, to prevent a third party from attending the consultation with the patient’s consent.


 


Source: Amy Bridger, RadcliffesLeBrasseur via lexology.com

05/23/2018    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS


 Innovative Treatment Methods Can Prevent Amputations: Indian Podiatrist


 


The podiatric surgery department in the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS)  is one of the few centrers of excellence in India in this field. "Diabetic foot surgery and modern management of diabetic foot problems are not given any prominence in our graduate and under-graduate medical courses, and so, young doctors have very limited exposure and skills in managing such patients. This is a great irony since we have many millions of people with diabetes and the burden of diabetic foot disease is very great in India, where diabetes is the commonest cause of amputations.


 













Dr. Harish Kumar



 


Proper and efficient medical care with use of the latest technology and innovative treatment methods can prevent amputations in the majority of cases," said Dr. Harish Kumar, Professor in the Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Podiatric Surgery, AIMS.


 


Source: Vinod Nedumudy, Deccan Chronicle [5/20/18]

05/21/2018    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS


Custom Orthotics Provide Added Value Vs. Pre-fabs - Canadian Podiatrist


 


According to an old proverb, there are two things you should always be willing to invest heavily in: a great bed and a comfortable pair of shoes. After all, if you’re not in one, chances are you’re in the other. It’s hard to argue against that advice, but according to New Minas-based podiatrist Caroline Leverett, there might be something to add to it. That something, says Leverett, is a custom foot orthotic. 


 













Caroline Leverett



 


A foot orthotic is a device that is inserted into your shoe to support, align, prevent, or accommodate foot deformities and improve foot function. “Store-bought inserts may be helpful if you’re just looking for a little bit of extra cushioning or support,” she says, “but that’s really where their benefit ends. Over-the-counter inserts won’t actually correct the biomechanical causes of your pain, and that’s where custom foot orthotics really add value.”


 


Source: Joel Stoddart, The Chronicle Herald [5/15/18]

05/01/2018    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS


UK Podiatrist Discusses Blister Treatment


 


Mike O’Neill, a consultant podiatrist in Windsor says, "Ideally, it (a blister) should be left to heal naturally, because breaking the skin could lead to an infection or delay healing. If it’s smaller than a 5p (a U.S. dime), leave it and cover it with a blister plaster such as Compeed.


 













Mike O’Neill



 


If the blister is big, or it happens in the middle of a big walk, it might be better to pop it. Use a sterile needle – run it through a flame on a match or lighter – then gently pop the blister and drain the fluid before covering it with a plaster (Band-Aid)."


 


Source: Eve Simmons, Daily Mail [4/28/18}

04/01/2018    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS


UK Podiatry College Holds Foot Health Awareness Event  


 


People were encouraged to find out more about healthy feet at an event with podiatry students of New College Durham. As well as dispelling myths about podiatry, students also raised money for the homeless charity Crisis.


 













Podiatry students at New Durham College event



 


Barbara Chambers, head of the Durham school of podiatric medicine, said, “The lecturers and students involved in creating this event want to raise the public’s awareness of the benefits of good foot health and the role podiatrists play in maintaining healthy feet and lower limbs. Members of the public greatly under-estimate the importance and benefits of good foot health.”


 


Source: Rachel Conner, The Northern Echo [3/27/18]

03/29/2018    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS


CA Podiatrist's Team Awarded Top National Research Award in Qatar


 


Drs. Talal K. Talal, Bijan Najafi, and David G. Armstrong (who participated by video) were honored for a decade of interdisciplinary research collaboration dedicated to preventing amputation in people with diabetes in concert with the Qatar Foundation. They received the award from from Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF). It is considered the highest research recognition in the nation.


 













(L-R) Drs. Bijan Najafi, Talal Talal and Sheikha Moza bint Nasser



 


It was the fruit of a collaborative effort between Hamad Medical Co (HMC), Baylor College of Medicine, and USC. These efforts were led by Drs. Najafi (BCM), Talal (HMC), and Armstrong (USC). It helped to accelerate translation of wearable technologies and digital health to address some of the most devastating complications associated with the diabetic foot including foot ulcers, neuropathy, and poor balance. The team designed and validated several innovative wearable technologies for this purpose. 

03/23/2018    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS


International Podiatric Leadership Attends the APMA HOD


 













(L-R) Dr, Dennis Frisch, Christian Jerome, and Dr. Matthew Garoufalis



 


The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) House of Delegates always includes many in leadership from our profession. This year, not only do we have our new APMA President, Dennis Frisch, DPM but also, Christian Jerome, the current Vice President if the International Federation of Podiatrists (FIP), and past APMA President and current FIP President, Matt Garoufalis, DPM. These international leaders stressed the importance of APMA's leadership position in the world of podiatry. 

03/13/2018    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS


Irish Auditor General Cites Lack of Podiatrists Needed to Treat Diabetics


 


The lack of specialist podiatrists for people suffering from Type 2 diabetes in the Western Trust should be subject to an urgent Department of Health workforce plan by 2019, the Auditor General, Kieran Donnelly, has recommended. Mr. Donnelly said the shortfall in provision for local sufferers of a disease that affects almost six percent of adults in the North, needs to be addressed now.


 


He issued the warning in his newly-published ‘Type 2 diabetes prevention and care’ audit. In 2003, it was estimated that 76 podiatrists would be needed to meet demand in the North but only 36 podiatrists were in place, a shortfall of 40.


 


Source: Kevin Mullan, Derry Journal [3/10/18]

03/12/2018    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS


UK MP Supports Launch of College of Podiatry Report


 


Member of Parliament Rosie Cooper joined the College of Podiatry in Parliament to give her backing to the launch of a new report. The event highlighted the unique role of podiatrists in tackling some of the biggest healthcare challenges facing people in West Lancashire.


 













Member of Parliament Rosie Cooper



 


The report, "Podiatry: Driving value, improving outcomes - The vital role of podiatry in keeping our population active – saving lives and saving limbs" covers three key areas in which podiatrists contribute their expertise and demonstrate their value. They are: 1. Diabetes and vascular disease, specifically foot ulceration and amputation prevention, conditions which cost the NHS around £1 billion per year. 2. Falls prevention, particularly among the elderly, which costs the NHS and social care around £2.3bn every year, and rising. 3. Musculoskeletal conditions, which consume around 5% of the NHS budget.


 


Source: Henry James, Champion [3/9/18]

02/16/2018    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS


Podiatry Recognized By Israel Health Ministry


 


After standing in the line for years with other health professions waiting for the Health Ministry to prepare rules regarding the profession of foot and ankle treatment, the Knesset Labor, Social Welfare and Health Committee on Wednesday completed regulation of podiatrists .


 


The committee approved permitted activities of podiatrists and podiatric surgeons (qualified to perform minor operations for bone, joint, ligament, muscle and tendon pathology). As a result, the profession will be recognized and supervised by the ministry, and therapeutic standards will be set. Those who work in the profession will receive an Israeli license and new immigrants who have worked in their country of origin will also be able to work in Israel. In addition, hospitals will be able to employ podiatrists.


 


Source: Judy Siegel-Itzkovich, Jerusalem Post [2/14/18] 

01/18/2018    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS


Irish Politician Decries Lack of Podiatric Services


 


Eamon Scanlon has called on Health Service Executive (HSE) bosses to urgently assign staff to cover podiatry services in Co. Leitrim. There have been no services available in the county since November because of staff shortages. Deputy Scanlon explained, “Podiatry services in Leitrim have not been operating at full capacity for several months now, and patients have been contacting my office extremely concerned about the situation. These treatments are extremely important for people with diabetes and foot ulcers and are essential to ensure that people can remain mobile and active. These conditions can be very serious - if they are not actively managed, they can result in amputation.


 


“The fact that we have had no chiropodist or podiatrist in Leitrim for over five weeks is simply not acceptable. While I appreciate there are staffing issues, more efforts need to be made to ensure that replacement staff are recruited so that a full service can resume. I am calling on HSE bosses to fill these posts as a matter of priority so that people needing these services have access to them in their own area.


 


Source: Leitrim Observer [1/9/18]

08/22/2017    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS - PART 1


Podiatry Association of South Africa Turns 40


 


The Podiatry Association of South Africa (PASA) celebrated their 40 anniversary at their 11th Biannual Congress in Johannesburg this past weekend. With over 200 participants from South Africa and around the world, podiatrists, students, insurance administrators, and other physicians enjoyed a wide range of topics pertinent to podiatric medical practice in South Africa.


 













(L-R) Simon Bartold, Dr. Matthew Garoufalis, PASA President Brandon Magen, and conference chair Calvin Sinnet.



 


Past APMA President and current FIP President Matthew Garoufalis, DPM delivered a keynote address on the "Value of Care of the Podiatrist" emphasizing the improved patient outcomes and cost savings that are realized with the inclusion of a podiatrist in the care of the diabetic foot. Dr. Garoufalis also gave presentations on limb salvage, total contact casting, the use of negative pressure wound therapy, and the use of amniotic membranes in wound healing.

08/22/2017    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS - PART 2


WDF and Podiatry Institute Partner to Train Health Workers on Diabetic Foot Care 


 


Rainbow Specialist Medical Centre, Lagos State, in partnership with World Diabetes Foundation (WDF) and the Podiatry Institute, United States, are partnering to train doctors and other health workers on how to manage and prevent diabetes-related foot complications. The Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Isiavwe Afoke, said diabetic foot complications, though preventable, are a leading cause of hospital admission, amputation, and mortality in diabetic patients worldwide.


 













Dr. Isiavwe Afoke



 


The training, which is the 4th annual workshop on diabetic foot care, will be held in Lagos from August 21 to 25, and is aimed at improving management and prevention of diabetes-related foot complications. She explained that the training would also help raise awareness on proper foot care in persons living with diabetes mellitus. She said, “For diabetes mellitus foot syndrome, prevention is better than cure. Sadly, many persons affected report for treatment too late, when not much can be done to help them, except amputation, to save their lives.”


 


Source: Franka Osakwe, The Guardian [8/20/17]

05/09/2017    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS


Malta Podiatrists Still Unemployed, Months After Graduating


 


Podiatrists who completed their course just under a year ago have still not been employed in the public service, months after graduating. Speaking to this newspaper on the condition of anonymity, one of the 10 podiatrists said that while they had completed their course at the University of Malta in May last year, they were still in the dark as to whether they would be employed in the public service or not. “We completed our course in May and had our graduation ceremony in November. We were only called in for an interview last month after having received no feedback,” the podiatrist said. 


 


She insisted that during the interview, the candidates were told that they would be informed whether they had been selected or not in two weeks’ time, yet, they have not been contacted still. “We cannot wait around twiddling our thumbs until we get the call. Some of the podiatrists have even had to resort to seeking employment in different sectors,” the podiatrist said, adding that the group had been in touch with the UM Voice of the Workers in an attempt to resolve the issue but this, too, proved in vain.


 


Source: Claire Caruana, Times of Malta [5/5/17]

01/27/2017    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS


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]

12/29/2016    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRY IN THE NEWS


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]

09/10/2016    

INTERNATIONAL PODIATRy IN THE NEWS


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]

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]
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