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Major development in Sports Podiatry in 2008?

Discussion in 'Biomechanics, Sports and Foot orthoses' started by Steve The Footman, Nov 11, 2008.

  1. Steve The Footman

    Steve The Footman Active Member


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    Sports Medicine Australia (Queensland) have an end of year function for SMA Qld professional members on 28 November.

    A number of speakers from several of the SMA Member disciplines will provide a 3 slide in 3-minute summary of the single most important development in their field during 2008.

    I have been asked to do the presentation on Podiatry and would like some input on which topic was the most important development in "Sports" Podiatry. As it is an Australian group then it probably should relate to Australian scope of practice and protocols however as a major development it could be global.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

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    Difficult one to answer ... which might explain the lack of answers.

    You could look at your own clinical practice and ask "what has changed in the last 12 months?". BUT, what has changed in your and my clinical practice may not necessarily be called a development.

    At the start of the Boot Camp we hold at LaTrobe every few years, my first presentation is also "What I have learnt since the last one" ... I look over my previous powerpoints and usually end up with a couple of slides of dot points.

    BUT, that does not necessarily mean that they are major developments --- as how many people have actaully adopted them into clinical practice?

    If I was to answer your question I would probably say:

    1. A greater conceptual understanding of the role of stiffness in the function of the foot (see all the threads we have had here on that).

    2. A greater conceptual understanding of the role of forces vs motion in foot function and overuse injury (see all the threads we have had here on that).
     
  3. Steve The Footman

    Steve The Footman Active Member

    Thanks for the suggestions Craig. I agree that it should be something that has changed our perspective or protocols on treatment. It also needs to relate more to Podiatry than other disciplines.

    I was thinking of some current research that has been presented in the last year that will significantly change the way we do things.

    I like your idea of understanding the role of forces vs motion in foot function because that is certainly a theme that has become stronger in the last few years and has implications for clinical practice.

    Perhaps Podiatry Arena itself could be a major development as a new resource for podiatrists.
     
  4. Paul Bowles

    Paul Bowles Well-Known Member

    Hi Steve,

    what about developments and potential relating to national registration? I am sure there are numerous things that one can extrapolate regarding SPORTS SPECIALIZATION from that avenue and you can almost be guaranteed it will be a hot topic, not just from a PODIATRY perspective but also a HEALTH perspective.
     
  5. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

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    I can't recall the poster/member name (and really really apologise for that), bit he is a Chiropractor and Pedorthist - he made the comment recently how Chiropractic lacked a site that really critically analysed its underpinning like goes on here at Podiatry Arena. The main physiotherpy forum is also totally lacking in the same kind of critical appraisal that goes on here, so yes, I think it says a lot about the profession and the members here that things do get put under the spotlight.
     
  6. Craig:

    One of the smartest chiropractors I am acquainted with:

    David Wedemeyer, DC, CPed
     
  7. I think a few of the members leave the site because they can't stand the heat of the spotlight.;)
     
  8. Jeremy Long

    Jeremy Long Active Member

    "One of the smartest chiropractors I am acquainted with:

    David Wedemeyer, DC, CPed"


    Direct and unabashed praise from one of David's biomechanical heroes? Sheesh, Kevin, now his head won't fit through any of his doors!
     
  9. David Wedemeyer

    David Wedemeyer Well-Known Member

    :dizzy:

    J,

    Behave!
     
  10. Steve The Footman

    Steve The Footman Active Member

    This is the text of what I presented: Thank you to everyone who gave me some ideas (especially Craig)

    What is the major development in sports Podiatry in 2009?

    This is a very difficult question to answer. How do you identify a major development?

    Most major developments evolve over many years and may not even be recognised in the early stages.

    Is it something that has changed our perspective or clinical treatment?

    Is it major research findings or published papers?

    I could look at my own clinical practice and ask what am I doing differently compared to last year?".

    But is it all about me .. Is what I am doing differently really a major development?

    So I went to a podiatry forum called Podiatry Arena and asked them.

    I was able to get the opinion of some of the current leaders in podiatry like Kevin Kirby and Craig Payne and they helped me come up with some ideas.

    • the role of stiffness in the function of the foot.

    • the role of forces vs motion in foot function and overuse injury.

    • national registration for AAPSM through SMA.

    After thinking about some of the suggested options I realised that just being able to ask the question was a major development in itself.

    What other profession has a forum that gives its members access to its most significant researchers and clinicians? You can ask any question you want and get informed and experienced replys that include links to multiple research papers. New research is discussed and critically appraised immediately. It is like having a blowtorch applied to the cherished beliefs of the profession. It is like having an academic review panel of 8000 people at your fingertips.

    And I think it is the major development in sports podiatry in 2008.
     
  11. David Smith

    David Smith Well-Known Member

    Hear! Hear! A giant leap for podiatric learning and communication

    Dave
     
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