Among the more important functions which a podiatrist takes on might be to appraise the vascular or blood circulation status to the foot and lower limb to find out if people are vulnerable or not for poor healing due to the blood supply. If a person was at high risk for complications because of that, then steps should be undertaken to lessen that chance and safeguard the foot from problems, especially when they have diabetes. The weekly chat show for Podiatrists, PodChatLive devoted an entire episode to this topic. PodChatLive is a absolutely free continuing learning stream which goes live on Facebook. The intended market is podiatry practitioners employed in clinical practice, however the real audience include a lot of other health professionals as well. During the live there is lots of discussion and feedback on Facebook. Later on the edited video version is uploaded to YouTube and the podcast edition is added to the common platforms like Spotify and also iTunes.
In the stream on vascular complications and evaluation of the foot the hosts spoke with Peta Tehan, a podiatrist, and an academic at the University of Newcastle, Australia and with Martin Fox who is also a podiatrist and works in a CCG-commissioned, community-based National Health Service service in Manchester, UK where he provides earlier identification, analysis and best clinical management of individuals with suspected peripheral arterial disease. In the episode there were several real and helpful vascular gems from Martin and Peta. They talked about exactly what a vascular examination should look like in clinical practice, the need for doppler use for a vascular analysis (and frequent mistakes made), all of us listened to several doppler waveforms live (and appreciate how depending upon our ears alone is probably not perfect), and identified the need for great history taking and screening in individuals with known risk factors, notably considering that 50% of people with peripheral arterial probalems are asymptomatic.