PodChatLive is a once weekly livestream aimed at educating Podiatrists and others who may be interested on a wide range of related topics. It goes live on Facebook and after that is later on uploaded to YouTube. Every live show features a different person or number of guests to talk about a unique theme every time. Questions are answered live by the hosts and guests while in the live episode on Facebook. Additionally there is a PodCast recording of every show on iTunes as well as Spotify and the other usual podcast resources. They've developed a big following that is expanding. PodChatLive is viewed as one of many ways in which podiatrists can get free professional development hours.
One of the more popular recent episodes was talking about the role of podiatry within football or soccer. In that episode they talked about the challenges of treating footballers, and the different ‘hacks’ that are often needed for designing foot orthoses for football boots. There was also some discussion about the value of pre-season screening of the lower limb. There was also an important discussion of the science of how boots interact with differing surfaces and what role that may play in performance and injures. The episode assembled quite and expert panel including Dr Lindsay Hill who is a Sports Podiatrist who has worked on a consultancy basis for a number of premier league football clubs as well as being employed by the Football association as podiatrist to the England women’s football teams. There was also David Brown, who qualified as a Podiatrist in 2015 after a 17 year career as a Professional footballer and Athol Thomson, a Sports Podiatrist based at Aspetar in Qatar who is currently studying for his PhD and researching football boot-playing surface interaction. The final guest was Trevor Prior, a Consultant Podiatric Surgeon who has vast experience within professional football, having looked after several premier league clubs.