Time to challenge your practice - #4DFoot

At this study day held at the University on 21 April 2018, delegates found out why they need to be thinking about the foot in 4D, and what it means to their practice. 

This was the 3rd study day by the podiatry team at the University of Plymouth with the focus this year on management and treatment of musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions. 

During the day, the team addressed the important role podiatrists have in reducing both personal and societal costs associated with foot and ankle MSK conditions. With a skillset tuned to optimising foot function and health the podiatrist can be effective in managing MSK conditions in the presence of multi-morbidity. Our aim was to enhance delegates' skills further in the management and treatment of MSK conditions and for them to look at MSK from another dimension!

Presentations from each speaker can be viewed below their biographies.


Keynote speaker 

Dr Jill Halstead-Rastrick PhD MSc BSc FFPM RCPS (Glasg), Advanced Podiatrist Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Visiting Research Fellow, University of Leeds and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Jill (with Emma Cowley) is Co-Founder of MSK:UK, a large group of around 2,100 podiatrists who work closely with the College of Podiatry. Jill is a part-time NHS Advanced Musculoskeletal Podiatrist who spends part of her week as a clinical academic affiliated to the Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine at the University of Leeds. 

Jill has a BSc in Podiatry, an MSc in Health Research and a PhD awarded in 2013. She was funded by Arthritis Research UK for her doctoral thesis and later as a clinical research studying mechanical foot pain and midfoot osteoarthritis at the University of Leeds. She has continued her clinical work alongside her academic career, specialising in musculoskeletal care.

Presentation: Timely intervention of a progressive pathology

Biography: Emma Cowley

Emma is a lecturer in podiatry at the University of Plymouth, Co-Founder (with Dr Jill Halstead) of the largest special advisory group in the College of Podiatry, MSK:UK and holds roles at the College of Podiatry and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. Passionate about the impact of musculoskeletal podiatry, Emma has invested her entire career into specialising in this field and has led an MSK team in the NHS in one of the first polyclinics in the country. 

She is currently completing her PhD in the effects of prolonged running on the biomechanics and function of the foot and ankle and has recently been tasked with developing a career framework and MSK competency spine for the profession in collaboration with the College of Podiatric and Health Education England. 

Presentations: Impact of MSK and the future of podiatry and Changes in the foot with running: what, when and so what

Biography: Phil Hendy

Phil graduated from the University of Plymouth in 2007 and has worked continually within the NHS and Social Enterprise settings until 2016. Prior to joining the University, Phil spent six months working for Livewell Southwest Podiatry Service as team lead for the clinical educators. Prior to that, he worked nine years for the Podiatry and Tissue Viability department at North Somerset Community Partnership as a Clinical Lead and Specialist Podiatrist in Nail Surgery. 

Phil was also the Lead Student Mentor at North Somerset Community Partnership, responsible for managing the University's Podiatry students while on their placements.

Presentation: Motivational Interviewing

Biography: Nick Knight

Nick is a sports podiatrist based in Hampshire, UK. He runs his own sports podiatry clinics, for which he uses 3-D gait analysis and has a passion for gait analysis, sporting footwear, rehabilitation and translating research into clinical practice. He is an active part of MSK:UK running the South central branch, he works closely with surgeons, sports doctors, physiotherapists, coaches, strength conditioning coaches. he has been fortunate enough to work at the 2012 Paralympic games, countless number of London marathons, and was the first podiatrist to work at the ITU world triathlon series. He holds membership to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and has nearly finished his MSc in clinical lower limb biomechanics.

Presentation: Time to tackle heel pain

Biography: Richard Collings

Graduating from the University of Plymouth in 2007 with BSc (Hons) Podiatry, Richard undertook an MSc in Clinical Podiatric Biomechanics in 2013 at Stafford University. 

Richard started his PhD in April 2016 with a prestigious NIHR Clinical Doctoral Fellowship. His research is looking at incorporating an instant insole solution into NHS practice for ulcer prevention in people with diabetes. He currently works part time on his PhD and part time in the NHS in his role as a Team Lead Podiatrist, specialising in musculoskeletal disorders. Richard has been a member of the Balance Enhancement and Ulcer Prevention (BEUP) collaborative for the last four years and is part of the Rehabilitation team for the School for Health Professions.

Presentation: Offloading the diabetic at risk foot

Biography: Vasileios Lepesis

Vasileios Lepesis currently works as a lecturer at the University of Plymouth. He graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Podiatry in 2000 and then continued his studies with a MSc in Sports and Exercise Injury Management and a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy, qualifying in 2005. He has recently received funding from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Charitable Trust to carry out a two-year study, which will form part of his PhD, in order to investigate the effects of foot and ankle manual therapy in the range of motion and peak plantar pressures in people with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. His main interests include lower limb biomechanics, musculoskeletal injuries and application of manual therapy techniques.

Presentation: Mobilisations of joint restrictions in Diabetes

Biography: Marc Dowling

Marc Dowling joined the Royal Navy in 2004. Serving on board both HMS Invincible and HMS Illustrious early in his career, the decision to join the Physical Training Specialisation was made in 2007. Splitting drafts between RNAS Culdrose, HMS Raleigh and BRNC Dartmouth, he returned to the high seas on board HMS Campbeltown whilst Op Herrick was at its busiest period. Driven by a desire to help the returning injured service men and women, he qualified as an Exercise Rehabilitation Instructor in 2012 and has worked in that area for the past six years.

Presentation: Journey to Recovery

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