Plantar pressure measuring is a method which is being increasingly utilised in clinical assessments. It can be useful to assess for such things as just how much strain there is under the feet, which may be vital to figure out in those with diabetes who are in danger of a foot ulcer. Plantar pressures can also be employed to help decide how people walk and how force shifts during the gait cycle. This can be valuable information to assist clinicians order and design foot supports. This is such an fundamental topic that an episode of the live, PodChatLive was focused on this. PodChatlive is a Facebook live which has two hosts and a different guest on every show where they speak about topics of importance to podiatry and also related issues. It's also submitted to YouTube and as an audio podcast.

In that show, they talked plantar pressures and pressure mapping with Dr Bruce Williams DPM from Indiana, USA. He is a Fellow and former President of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine and who owns Breakthrough Podiatry in NorthWest Indiana and has substantial experience on plantar pressure measurements, pressure mapping as well as their understanding and clinical use. He uses both the in-shoe system and pressure mat equipment in his facility and has been doing this for almost 20 years now. He is well published on this topic in peer reviewed scholastic publications, so is in a position to talk about this theme. In the edition of PodChatLive they discussed exactly what the centre of pressure is and just how it can be used clinically to learn what is going on. They also discussed how pressure info has a bearing on his clinical decision making, mainly foot orthotic recommending. They reviewed the advantages and disadvantages of in-shoe compared to the mat technology and then try to provide some guidance to those who might be looking at introducing this kind of service to their clinics.

Healthia Limited is a publicly traded corporation aiming to turn out to be among Australia’s foremost allied health companies which offers podiatry, physiotherapy and associated products. They are listed on the Australian Securities Exchange with the opening of a $26.8 million Initial Public Offer (IPO). Healthia is the holding company that owns and runs 70 MyFootDr podiatry centers all around Australia. They also operate the foot orthotics laboratory, iOrthotics and also have a 50 per cent share of DBS Medical that sells medical products. The Initial public offering proceeds were used to finance the acquisition of additional podiatry clinics and some physiotherapy and hand therapy businesses. They think that Australia’s highly fragmented allied health market offers a commercial opportunity for them to supply bundled services to fulfill the need for physiotherapy and podiatry services because the population becomes older. Healthia want to do this by helping clinicians lower administrative burdens within their practices. The vertically bundled firms such as iOrthotics and DBS Medical is going to be used to drive buying synergies, and also to optimise the functions of existing businesses, creating cost savings through the increased size and advance practice management.

One of the pioneers of MyFootDr, Greg Dower, was a guest on PodChatLive, the podiatry live show. Greg is now the Chief Business Development Officer at MyFootDr. Greg is the podiatrist for the Australian cricket team and is also the lead in the Elvis Presley tribute group called the Blue Cats. This particular relationship with Elvis has gained Greg a lot of interest in the business press in connection with the IPO of Healthia. In the PodChatLve livestream, Greg talked to the hosts concerning his journey from being a sole podiatrist to co-owning a group of over 50 podiatry businesses (which used over 100 podiatrists) ahead of the IPO and further growth. Greg talked about the extensive mentoring program they've got for first time graduates, and the work smarter and harder beliefs. At the conclusion of the talk he quickly showed us round his Graceland influenced dining room.

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.