Health and Fitness

Problems of the Feet in Cyclists

PodChatLive is the monthly live for the regular interaction of Podiatry practitioners as well as other people that who will be included. PodChatLive is hosted by Craig Payne from Melbourne, Australia and Ian Griffiths from England, United Kingtom. The livestream is broadcast live on Facebook after which is later edited and downloaded to YouTube so more people can access it. Each stream consists of a different guest or selection of guests to speak about a unique area of interest each month. Requests are posted live during the Facebook stream and replied to live by the Ian and Craig and guests. The audio edition is published as a PodCast offered on iTunes and also Spotify and the other common podcast resources. They've gathered a considerable following with podiatry practitioners which is escalating. PodChatLive may very well be one way through which podiatrists will get free professional development hours or continuing medical education credits.

Episode 18 of the show investigated cycling and podiatry and relevant problems. The guests were the physical therapist, Robert Brown and the podiatrist, Nathan White. Rob Brown has been the previous charge physical therapist for the Orica-GreenEdge professional cycling group and today specialises in bicycling evaluation, injury and bike fit. Nathan White has worked directly with numerous elite cyclists all over Australasia and is the co-founder with the custom made orthoses company Cobra9 Cycling Orthotics. In the PodChatLive on bicycling they discussed exactly what a bike fit consists of and how fundamental the bike fit will be to avoid injury and increase bicycling economy. They also discussed the frequent foot problems bike riders present with and the clinical thought behind managing them. That was necessary because of the dynamics of the bicycling footwear as well as the bio-mechanics of cycling which is very distinctive to running and walking. They also had an in-depth dialogue with regards to the foot level treatments both within the shoe (orthoses) and exterior to it (on the interface with the cleat/pedal).