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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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Podoactiva Will Implement a Degree In Podiatry with the University of Zaragoza


The Huesca company, specialized in podiatry and biomechanics, is promoting the project of its university center in which a Degree in Podiatry will be implemented together with the University of Zaragoza in Spain.


The degree in podiatry is not the only training activity promoted by Podoactiva. About a year ago, the company launched WAPS (World Academy of Podiatric Science), the first specialized training platform in podiatry and biomechanics, with different master’s degrees for graduates, courses, master classes, and other educational content, taught in a 100% digital environment and through microlearning.


Source: Sam Brad, WideWorld Magazine [11/2/21]



Shocking Images of UK NH Residents' Feet As Podiatrists Locked Out For Over a Year


A picture of a Scots pensioner's feet in a ‘disgraceful’ condition has sparked reaction over Covid care home restrictions. Care Home Relatives Scotland, a group launched to bring together people who have loved ones in nursing and residential homes, went on social media by sharing the image and claiming podiatrists have not been inside for more than a year.


Monica Lennon and nursing home resident's foot


The graphic image of an unknown resident's feet, at an unknown care home, claims to show the results of the elderly going without the service. Monica Lennon MSP, the Scottish Labour Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work re-tweeted the picture and said it shows "too many residents are not getting the right care." Lennon wrote: “Behind the closed doors of care homes, there are still too many residents who are not getting the right care."


Source: Kristy Feerick, Daily Record [4/21/21]



UK Girlguiding Badge Set to Inspire Next Generation of Podiatrists


Academics from the University of Plymouth have created a new Girlguiding badge designed to inspire the next generation of podiatrists across the UK, as well as deliver life skills during lockdown. The Step up challenge badge includes activities ranging from compiling a ‘foot first aid kit’ to making foot-shaped scones, and has already been taken up by hundreds of Girlguiding members in and around Plymouth.


UK Girlguiding Badge


The University of Plymouth runs a Podiatry Degree Apprenticeship, getting people into the profession while earning and learning. Following the badge’s early success with Girlguiding Plympton Division, another 1,000 badges are now being made to launch the initiative nationally.


Source: Mirage News [3/8/21]



Bahamas Faces Major Shortage of Podiatrists


With one in seven of the population suffering from diabetes, Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands is urging Bahamians to make more healthy lifestyle choices to prevent getting the disease. Speaking at the Bahamas Podiatric Medical Association Conference on Friday, Dr. Sands noted that diabetes, which is now the fifth leading cause of death in the country, has become more prevalent in the Bahamas.


Dr. Duane Sands


It is for this reason, Dr. Sands said, why prevention of foot ulcers is an important priority for podiatric medicine and the diabetic patient in general. “Podiatry services were reinstated in the public sector about one year ago and since that time, approximately 700 patients were treated. They were aged between three months and 98 years.” Sixty percent were treated for a diabetic foot. There were 161 minor surgical cases. However, as noted by Dr. Sands, there is still a major shortage of podiatrists in the country.


Source: Leandra Rolle, The Tribune [10/15/19]



French Podiatrists Protest Against Planned Pension Changes 


Thousands of French professionals, including lawyers and doctors, took to the streets of Paris Monday in a new protest against the government’s planned pension changes. Nurses, podiatrists and other health workers dressed in white coats marched alongside the lawyers, expressing the same fears.


Céline Ciriani


Céline Ciriani, a podiatrist in the Paris suburb of Cormeilles-en-Parisis, said the new pension system “will make us lose a lot and could eventually cause offices to close because we don’t have enough money to pay our expenses.”


Source: Sylvie Corbet and Claire Parker, Associated Press [9/16/19]



Calls for More Support as Diabetes-Related Amputations Increase


There are calls for more healthcare support for people with diabetes after it was revealed that the disease causes more than 1000 amputations a year in New Zealand. Those with the disease can be susceptible to foot ulcers, which podiatrists treat as part of their care.


Podiatry New Zealand chief executive, Jennifer Pelvin, told Mike Hosking that most amputations would be preventable through early access to podiatrist services. "There is certainly a lot that could have been prevented if they had early podiatric intervention." The number of amputations caused by diabetes has increased by 47 per cent over the last 10 years.


Source: Newstalk ZB [5/9/19]



UK Podiatrist Discusses Onychomycosis


Crusty, thickened yellow toenails are a telltale sign of a fungal nail infection – and it’s important to get them checked out and treated quickly, as the infection can spread and be notoriously stubborn. “Fungal nails cause dramatic visual changes, which can be unsightly,” says podiatrist Tony Gavin, founder of Osgo. “They can make the nail change color, thicken, and break more easily.” They can also cause more pressure on the end of the toe and become painful. “As the fungal infection progresses, they can produce a very distinct odor too,” adds Gavin.


Tony Gavin


The good news is that fungal nail infections are treatable – although more severe infections may take a while to disappear completely. “There are a variety of treatments, but success depends upon an appropriate plan. Medication needs to act on the affected areas, which can be difficult with topical preparations. A podiatrist may thin down a fungal nail or introduce very small holes into the nail and apply an anti-fungal medication,” says Gavin.


Source: Liz Connor, Lifestyle [4/3/19]



Aussie Podiatrist Creates Orthotic for Alan the Wombat


A Queensland podiatrist and a prosthetist have branched out from their usual profession of treating humans to help create an orthotic for an injured wombat. Rockhampton Zoo staff approached a local podiatrist about an ulcer on wombat 'Alan's' back leg. Fate, it would seem, led them to a podiatrist of the same name, Allan Harwood, who said he was instantly keen to see what he could do for the furry marsupial. "Alan was a wombat that the zoo picked up quite some years ago," Harwood said. "He was hit by a car, which left him with an injury to his right rear foot, which left it misshapen."


Allan Harwood and Alan the Wombat


"Standing on that foot, there was a pressure point that kept breaking down. While his health was good, in his latter years, he needed some extra help and the question was asked whether the podiatrist could do anything to help this spot and help heal the ulcer." Harwood said they attempted to take a plaster cast of Alan's foot but he didn't enjoy sitting still for too long. Instead, they managed to take a print of his paw using foam, which they were then able to derive measurements from.


Source: Alice Roberts and Inga Stünzner, ABC Capricornia [3/15/19]



FIP ED Discusses Challenges of Global Communication


Communications pose a particular challenge for Caroline Teugels, executive director of the International Federation of Podiatrists because of IFP’s global membership. Her executive board represents the U.S., Canada, and a handful of countries in Europe, including Belgium, France, Finland, Greece, and Spain. That means it’s not always easy to meet face to face, and there are language and cultural barriers to overcome.


Caroline Teugels


She conducts most board meetings via conference call. “The real challenge is making sure that everyone on the call understands what everyone else is saying,” Teugels says. “Even when we talk about podiatry, the professional levels can vary [by country]. Some people might have a completely different definition of what podiatry is depending on where they are from.”


Source:  Tim Ebner, Associations Now [2/1/19]



UK College of Podiatry Partners with Scholl


Scholl has partnered with the College of Podiatry to inform pharmacists and patients about footcare, Reckitt Benckiser (RB) has announced. The partnership – announced this month – aims to raise awareness of the importance of good foot health, RB said.


The College of Podiatry is a London-based professional body for the UK’s registered podiatrists. Together with Scholl, it will develop a package of footcare-tailored assets, including a diagnostic tool and in-depth continuing professional development (CPD) module, the manufacturer said. The package aims to give pharmacists the information required to keep patients “on their feet” and to know when to refer to a podiatrist.


Source: [1/19/19]



Podiatry Officially Recognized as a Profession in Romania


Podiatry has been officially recognized as a profession in Romania and was introduced in the Romanian Occupational Classification (COR) at the end of last year, according to the Explanatory Memorandum drafted by the Podiatry Association on “The need to introduce the profession of podiatrist with higher education in the COR,” quoted by local


The process will be completed once the joint order signed by the labor minister and the president of the statistics institute INS is published in the Official Gazette, the same document said. Podiatrics are experts in all aspects of the structure, function and health of the foot, ankle and lower extremity.


Source: Marina Marica, [1/16/19]



UK Students Given a Unique Look into Podiatry


Twenty-four students studying health courses at East Sussex College Hastings were given an insight into podiatry and anatomy during a recent trip to the Leaf Hospital in Eastbourne. Specialists took students around the clinic and gave them an interactive session on the anatomy of a body that was donated to the center for scientific research. They looked at the structural organs, bones, and soft tissue and were able to get hands-on and palpate the cadavers.


UK students observe plaster casting for orthotics


The students were then taught how to plaster and cast the foot and learn about how orthotics are made. Podiatry experts then told the students about the link between podiatry and forensics, and how organizations like the FBI and CSI are able to solve crime cases using gait analysis. The final part of the day enabled the students to observe and learn from third-year university students as they assessed and treated patients with minor foot or lower limb conditions.


Source: [11/19/18]



Bahamas Podiatrist Receives Lifetime Achievement Award


While World Diabetes Day was being commemorated last week, Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands brought the dismal news that The Bahamas is the world leader in the prevalence of diabetes. His remarks came as the Bahamas Podiatric Medical Association (BPMA) launched its first annual conference under the theme: “New Hope for Diabetic Feet.”


Dr. Deborah Raine


At the conference, BPMA presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Deborah Raine, who in 1974 made history as the first Bahamian podiatrist. She became a founding member of the Bahamas Diabetic Association (BDA). The BDA was established in March 1986. . 


Source: Felicity Darville, Bahamas Tribune [11/20/18]



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.



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]



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]



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.



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]



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



 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]



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]



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}



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]



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. 



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. 

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