PodChatLive is a free regular video livestream discussion for podiatrists and other health professionals interested in podiatry and the lower limb to get some continuing education. It is streamed live on Facebook and is available later as a replay on YouTube, the website and also the usual podcast platforms such as iTunes and Spotify for the sound version. In each show both hosts have on a number of guests and examine a wide range of subjects of importance to podiatry and the lower limb. During the livestream, queries might be asked by those watching during real time and the hosts and guests respond. The livestream has gathered a wide following and is very well-known among podiatrists.
The hosts and founders of PodChatLive are Craig Payne and Ian Griffiths, both podiatrists. The show started out one day when Craig was visiting Ian and so they went live from Ian’s lounge to have a chat live on Facebook about what came up as neither of them had done that before. It was afterwards named PodChatLive because they realised that it proved helpful and they were getting a following. Craig is located in Melbourne, Australia and he admins the forum, Podiatry Arena and runs the online courses for the Clinical Biomechanics Bootcamp. Ian is a sports podiatrist in London. The show did start off as a weekly livestream,but following the first year it was changed to a monthly livestream.
At times the livestream is about clinical topics such as types of foot problems, other times it focusses on business issues like social internet marketing. In other episodes the guest is someone renowned inside the podiatry profession and they discuss a variety of issues with that guest. Some episodes are much more popular than others and at times the hosts get amazed just how popular some episodes are as they were not necessarily expecting that episode to be as popular as what it was. The most popular episode to date is the one with Kevin Kirby DPM talking about foot biomechanics.