If you read people’s biographies, nearly every podiatrist mentions a love of sport, exercise or musculosketal medicine; something that is often reflected in education choices when it comes to Continuing Professional Development.
We are in this together
Our passion for sport should drive us to truly be the leaders and experts for the management of lower leg conditions. If we are all delivering consistent quality, that will drive the quality of podiatry care and our recognition as the experts for lower limb pathology.
The potential we share
We have a huge number of injuries that we can have influence on and we can use this passion and belief to deliver the best quality of outcomes for our patients. In fact, according to the National Collegiate Athletic Association injury surveillance system for 2000–20011, amongst collegiate soccer, field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse athletes the most common injury sites were the ankle, knee, and lower leg.
The most common injury types were muscle strains, ligament sprains, and contusions. We know that there is a very clear need for our skills as leaders in this context and we now need to make sure this message is abundantly clear further afield.
Science comes first
However, if we are going to be experts, we need to be able to step up to that plate and engage with the science that has provided us with the opportunities that exist.
A short while ago, I was talking to a clinician about what makes a good specialist.
We reasoned that experts:
- Possess the ability to synthesise the science ...
- Then apply it simply and without bias to our patient ...
- While simultaneously putting the patient’s global needs at the forefront of the decision-making process, and;
- Incorporating our experience and understanding as part of this process.
Plans for 2021
As section editor for the Sports section in STRIDE there are lots of areas that I want to share with you over the coming year. I want to push for us to be experts and leaders when it comes to foot and ankle pathology.
We have made significant gains, and many would say that we have already achieved this outcome, yet I believe that there is more to be done.