PodChatLive is the monthly live show for the ongoing professional development of Podiatrists as well as other people who might be interested in the range of topics that they cover. It is hosted by Craig Payne from Melbourne, Australia and Ian Griffiths from England, United Kingdom. The stream goes out live on Facebook and after that is later uploaded to YouTube. Each live episode includes a different person or selection of guests to discuss a unique area of interest every time. Questions are answered live by the hosts and guests during the livestream on Facebook. There is also a PodCast recording of each episode found on iTunes and Spotify and the other common podcast options. They’ve developed a large following which is growing. PodChatLive can be considered one of the ways in which podiatrists might get free professional development hours.
In episode eight, they talked about the developments in the pain sciences and the complexity of pain with the physiotherapist and pain educator, Mike Stewart. It became clear that it is crucial for us to understand pain better than we have historically and clinicians need to develop the skills to effectively communicate this to their patients. The discussion concluded that pain is a personal experience. It is an output of the brain in response to real or perceived danger which has the goal of protecting us and getting us to modify our behaviour. Pain is contextual and is influenced by numerous factors. Mike Stewart is a physiotherapist who works as a Spinal Clinical Specialist for East Kent Hospitals University Foundation NHS Trust in the United Kingdom. He works full-time as a clinician with over fifteen years of experience managing complex, persistent pain conditions. In addition, Mike is a dedicated practice-based educator committed to providing evidence-based education to a wide variety of health professionals, including podiatrists. He is currently undertaking an MSc in Clinical Education at the University of Brighton in the UK. Mike runs the Know Pain courses around the world.