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  • May 5, 2021

What are the vascular complications in the foot?

One of the more very important roles that your podiatrist plays might be to measure the vascular or blood circulation status to the feet and lower limb to figure out if people are at risk or not for poor healing as a result of blood circulation. If a person are at high risk for complications for that reason, then steps need to be taken to lessen that chance and safeguard the foot from damage, especially when they also have diabetes mellitus. The monthly talk show for Podiatry practitioners, PodChatLive dedicated a whole episode to this topic. PodChatLive is a absolutely free continuing education stream that goes live on Facebook. The expected audience is podiatrists employed in clinical practice, though the real market include lots of other health care professionals as well. Throughout the live there is lots of discussion and feedback on Facebook. Afterwards the edited video version is uploaded to YouTube and the podcast edition is published to the most common places like Spotify as well as iTunes.

In the episode on vascular problems and examination of the foot the hosts chatted with Peta Tehan, a podiatrist, and an academic at the University of Newcastle, Australia and with Martin Fox who is also a podiatrist and also works in a CCG-commissioned, community-based NHS service in Manchester where he offers early recognition, analysis and best clinical handling of people with suspected peripheral vascular disease. During the episode there were many real and helpful vascular gems from Martin and Peta. They brought up what a vascular review should look like in clinical practice, the significance of doppler use for a vascular evaluation (and typical mistakes made), all of us listened to several doppler waveforms live (and recognize how counting on our ears alone may not be perfect), and identified the need for great history taking and screening in people who have identified risk factors, especially given that 50% of those with peripheral vascular disorders are asymptomatic.

George Brooks

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