What has forensics got to do with Podiatry?

PodChatLive is a month-to-month livestream on Facebook to provide educational content for the professional development of Podiatry practitioners and various health care professionals who might be interested in the topics which they include. While the show is broadcast live on Facebook to begin with, it is afterwards edited and published to YouTube to reach a broader audience. Every live episode incorporates a different guest or group of guests to talk about a unique topic every time. Inquiries are answered live by the hosts and guests while in the live episode on Facebook. Additionally, there is a PodCast version of each episode on iTunes and also Spotify and the other common podcast resources. They have got gained a considerable following which continues growing. PodChatLive can be considered one of many ways in which podiatrists can usually get free professional development hours or credits.

Among the more recent popular streams was one on forensic podiatry. This is a relatively new subject of podiatry and has become a fundamental part of the forensic judicial system is an example of how podiatry practitioners are having an impact outside of the normal part of clinical work. The key area that a forensic podiatrist specializes in are gait evaluation, the wear on shoes, foot print analysis and the evidence which is left behind at crime scenes. Podiatry practitioners working with the police and present in the court the skills both by law and with their podiatric expertise to support the prosecution services. In the show of PodChatLive, the hosts spoke with Professor. Wesley Vernon, OBE and Jeremy Walker. They covered a brief history of forensic podiatry and just how someone with an interest might consider getting involved. They talked about a standard day in the life of a forensic podiatrist, how they perform an evaluation of footwear. Both guests described a few of their more unique cases.