Health and Fitness

What role does podiatry play in cycling?

PodChatLive is the regular monthly live chat for the continuing interaction of Podiatry practitioners and also other people that whom could be involved. Each episode is hosted by Craig Payne from Melbourne, Australia and Ian Griffiths from England, United Kingtom. The show goes out live on Facebook after which is later modified and downloaded to YouTube so lots more people can access the episode. Each stream has a different guest or selection of guests to talk about a unique subject each episode. Queries can be submitted live throughout the Facebook livestream and replied to live by the Craig and Ian and guests. The audio version is published as a PodCast available on iTunes and also Spotify and the other common podcast sources. They've accumulated a considerable following with podiatry practitioners and that is increasing. PodChatLive can be viewed as one of many ways through which podiatrists might get free professional development hours or ongoing medical learning credits.

Episode 18 of the show looked at cycling and podiatry and associated topics. The guests were the physical therapist, Robert Brown and the podiatrist, Nathan White. Rob Brown was the previous charge physical therapist for the Orica-GreenEdge professional cycling team and today specialises in bicycling analysis, injury and bike fit. Nathan White has worked directly with many different elite cyclists all over Australasia and is the co-founder with the custom made orthoses company Cobra9 Cycling Orthotics. In the show on cycling they described what a bike fit consists of and how fundamental the bike fit will be to prevent injury and increase cycling efficiency. In addition they discussed the prevalent foot problems bike riders present with as well as the clinical thought in regards to taking care of them. This was critical due to the dynamics of the bicycling footwear as well as the bio-mechanics of bicycling which is very distinctive to running and walking. They also had an deatailed conversation concerning the foot level interventions both within the footwear (orthoses) and external to it (on the interface with the cleat/pedal).