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Resi-dunces and Podiatry Negativity

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by admin, Mar 18, 2006.

  1. admin

    admin Administrator Staff Member

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    We have had our far share of threads discussing all the Podiatry Negativity out there on the www. For eg:
    Why all of the podiatry negativity?
    Podiatry Negativity
    Podiatry Negativity on the Internet

    and the consensus here seems to be:

    Even the StudentDoctorNetwork have discussed it:
    Are you guys & gals in denial?

    A lot of the negativity is flowing from all the anonymous posts at Network54 (though others have there trolls).

    How about this gem posted there last night:
    It just don't figure that some people can make a go of it and others can't - could it all be in the attitude and expectations that they are owed something?
  2. Scorpio622

    Scorpio622 Active Member

    I'm curious...is podiatric negativity an American thing or do students/practitioners across the pond feel the same way?? Here in the States, whining has replaced baseball as our national pastime. I just hope that the whiners don't start using steroids !!
  3. David Smith

    David Smith Well-Known Member


    There are many whiners and whingers in the UK Chiropody/Podiatry/Foot health proffesion.
    They seem to be particularly attracted to Thatfootsite.com.and like to complain about every aspect of their professional lives. Some cannot put forward an argument without being abusive to other members its all quite embarrasing and sad.
    I have tried to adopt this philosophy,

    Your mind makes your world - what you think is what you are and how your world is.
    Only try to control that which it is possible to control - yourself.
    Accept what comes your way with good grace and grattitude. :)
    Give more than is expected.

    Have a good weekend Dave
  4. Good one, Dave.

    Here's another philosophy for those of us who don't have a lot of tolerance for whiners:

    There are those individuals in all professions, who I like to call whiners, who think that their life should be easy, with the yellow brick road being continually paved ahead of them toward their goals. They complain at every chance they get, finding great satisfaction and personal pleasure in broadcasting their unfortunate circumstances and their displeasure with life to as many people as possible in the hopes that someone will feel sorry for them or will join them in turning away from their goals in life also.

    Within these same professions there are also those individuals, who I like call winners, who don't mind hard work, and realize that achieving high goals takes perseverance, patience and an incredible work ethic. They also realize that life is not easy and many bad things can happen along the way that they have no control over. However, these same individuals also have the personal fortitude to be able to pick themselves up by the bootstraps after a setback and keep pushing forward toward their goals, until they attain the level of personal achievement that they desire.

    The actions and attitude of winners speak far louder, and with much greater influence, than all the constant complaining from the whiners.
  5. admin

    admin Administrator Staff Member

    Dave - I just popped over to TFS for a look....guess what:
    We do have our moments here and occasional posts do get edited, a couple have been banned. Don't forget the thread on: Why Is It That UK Threads Get Out Of Hand? ... which in hindsight was part of the culture that predominate at TFS creeping over here. I have also just banned a couple of anonymous provocative identities in the Canada forum to forestall some potential game playing around the issues in Ontario. Almost daily, a new thread is deleted (see How much spam gets deleted? ) - just today a new member joined to start a thread protesting the war in Iraq... they and the thread are gone for good.

    Despite rumours to the contary, this forum is not tightly moderated. We do have rules, that are enforced. I have no problem with anonymity of posters, but draw the line at anonymous poster 'slagging' off others (which is where I feared that thread in the Canadian forum was about to head).

    I always keep in the back of my mind that I want this forum to be a valuable resource - negativity and anonymous 'slagging off' (...for lack of a better word) does not make this a valuable resource (just look at the threads like the one on Gait Retraining - how valuable a resource is that?). This philosophy has turned Podiatry Arena into the most visited podiatry web site by almost double the next site (I am going to gloat about that in a week or so in a story with the figures).
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2006
  6. admin

    admin Administrator Staff Member

    I just popped over to Network 54 for a nose ... there have been a couple of entertaining replies to the post above in message one:
    From JW
    From azfootdoc
  7. PMSII

    PMSII Member

    Podiatry for the wrong reasons

    With my limited experience as a second year podiatric medical student, I have found that many who are disgruntled and upset with this profession are those who went into it for the wrong reasons. Perhaps they were intrigued by the "doctor" title or expected to be surgical gurus without any residency training. This is a changing and evolving profession and a lot has changed in the past 20 years or so. From what I have seen thus far with my classmates and friends from other schools, its seems that more and more are entering podiatry for the right reasons and as a first career choice. I have no doubt that with standardized residency training and as these "whiners" get too old to use the computer, these negativities will soon fade out. I only hope that the common misconception that "your job defines your integrity and character" will diminish with time. I am a believer that you control your destiny. The whiners will always be whiners.
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2006
  8. nigelroberts

    nigelroberts Active Member


    I often read these sorts of comments and it always brings a wry smile to my face. Are people complaining about the profession they belong to, or are they actially complaining about their profession. If you care about the main focus of your work - the patient, it is amazing how much else falls into place. I feel privilaged that patients want to see me (a second time), and a pleasure to put a smile back on their faces.
    Whilst I'm on. I came across Cameron's site last night for the first time. Didn't realise you had spent so much time researching the erotic side of feet!!! Must get around to reading it.

  9. John Spina

    John Spina Active Member

    I love what I do.I maybe couldhave made more money working in IBM and/or Merrill Lynch as I did get an offer from them right out of college.I would not have as much[/I]fun as I would have as a pod.Furthermore,I like my patients and I think the feeling is mutual.I cannot complain about the profession.An opinion:Those who gripe about it probably are not too good at their craft.
  10. Andrew van Essen

    Andrew van Essen Welcome New Poster

    In response to this topic of negativity, to use an evidenced based approach as to why some people may have negative feelings, an article published (Mandy, A., Tinley, P., 2004 Burnout and Occupational Stress in Australian Podiatrists. Australasian Journal of Podiatric Medicine Vol 36 No 4.) has shown that Australian Podiatrist exhibited high levels of emotional exhaustion, depersonalisation and lack of personal accomplishment and are a cause for concern. Qualitative data from the study showed the major theme of aspects of work that were considered stressful were lack of professional status and recognition. This included lack of respect from other professions, patients and the Australian Government.
    I think that to use Kevins analogy of the glass being half full or half empty is quite appropriate. Yes there are some real issues which cause much "stress" in podiatry but in my opinion the "rewards" far outweigh this.
    Andrew v E
  11. Admin2

    Admin2 Administrator Staff Member

  12. davidh

    davidh Podiatry Arena Veteran

    And the common denominator between these inane messages and some of the more abusive posts on UK's thatfootsite?
    They all post anon!

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