Flatfoot in youngsters frequently occurs and the majority of of the time it's not necessarily a problem, so this leads to a substantial amount of debate regarding if it is a normal variance involving no consequence or is the start of a concern that ought to be remedied. We have seen lots of debates over this online and at seminars, but with no true comprehensive agreement. There are actually passionately held beliefs on both sides of the debate. An edition of the podiatry live show, PodChatLive ended up being dedicated to dealing with this subject. PodChatLive is a monthly livestream with two hosts that talk about a unique subject every month with a different guest or number of experts that is broadcast live on Facebook and later the edited version is uploaded to YouTube and also the audio version is made available as a podcast. They have quite a substantial following within podiatry and people curious about the themes which they explore.
In the latest episode on paediatric flat foot the hosts spoke with investigator, teacher and private podiatrist Helen Banwell about the discourse and problems in connection with the symptomatic Vs asymptomatic flatfoot in children and also discussed her views when you should treat versus when not to. They stressed the value of asking regarding family history for making that determination. Additionally, they talked about conservative compared to surgical management and how to take care of worried and anxious parents when advising to treat or not manage. Furthermore they reviewed the foot orthoses prescribing habits for the young client with flat feet. Helen Banwell is a instructor in podiatry and an Academic Integrity Officer for the School of Health Sciences, and Associate Director for the international Centre of Allied Health Evidence (iCAHE) with the University of Adelaide in South Australia. She is a founding part of Making Strides that is a internet based collaborative for all those employed in foot and lower leg development research. She has been a teacher of podiatry at UniSA since 1999, instructing paediatric theory and practical together with launching second year podiatry students into their clinics.