Do poor footwear contribute to accidental falls in older people?

PodChatLive is the weekly livestream for the recurring education of Podiatrists and other health professionals that could be involved. The episode is shown live on Facebook and then is later uploaded to YouTube. Every episode has a different expert or number of xperts to discuss a particular topic or theme. Queries are responded to live by the hosts and guests throughout the livestream on Facebook. In addition, there is a audio edition of each video provided on iTunes as well as Spotify and the other usual podcast sources. PodChat live has quite a large following within the podiatry community and that following continues to increase. PodChatLive can be regarded as one way by which podiatry practitioners are able to get free continuing education hours.

One popular episode of PodChatLive was when the hosts talked with Annette Davis. They talked with her about the evidence with regards to the role of poor footwear in falls in older people. Podiatry practitioners play a significant role in advising this patient group on the appropriate shoes which needs to be used to avoid falls or lower the chance for falls occurring. Annette mentioned the function of the Podiatrist in the testing for falls risk and ways to talk successfully to older people in regards to this. She presneted a strong argument for those people of a certain age to be risk evaluated for falls no matter why they are attending the podiatry clinic, even if it was for an unrelated condition. Annette also described exactly how that older people decide which particular shoes to use, which might not suitable for the prevention of falls. She also discussed the problems this could give to the Podiatrist-patient interactions when trying to advise these people on the most suitable footwear. Annette Davis is a Podiatrist from Melbourne , Australia and is also at present serving as a Project Manager with the Department of Health and Human Services in the state of Victoria focusing on the trouble of falls. Annette is currently studing for Doctor of Philosophy degree on footwear and falls at Monash University and plans to complete that shortly.