Podiatrist Matthew Hotckis is on the path towards becoming a certified sports podiatrist. He shares the surprises and successes of his journey so far.
Just some personal reflection around a growth mindset asking myself, ‘How can I be a better podiatrist?’ and, ‘How can I improve myself?’. This led me to initiate the journey I’m now on as I work towards becoming certified as a sports podiatrist. I also wanted to set an example for my podiatry team and inspire them to consider the same journey.
I was surprised by just how few certified sports podiatrists there are, given how popular that part of podiatry is in day-to-day practice. I was also surprised at how easy it was to fit this into a busy schedule of driving multiple clinics, a young family and sport. It only took just a bit of commitment and planning!
I found learning and adapting along the journey was the enjoyable part to be honest. But I didn’t realise the extent of just how deep the content would be. Knowing this beforehand would have helped as it turned out that breaking down each aspect of the case studies and having generally good attention to detail was really important.
It has given me a great opportunity to challenge myself and I have felt part of a ‘bigger cause in the sports podiatry realm’. The experience has driven me to both broaden my sports medicine knowledge base in general and also reassess or refresh my current techniques to ensure they are correctly aligned with the latest research.
The common belief that the process is ‘too time consuming’ or ‘not worth the outcome’ isn’t true. The entire process is very rewarding and I found that pushing myself out of my comfort zone allowed me to grow as a clinician. I feel that this process gives you an appreciation of how important podiatrists are in sports medicine, when it comes to the big picture. This clinical journey has given me more hunger to make a difference!
It reminded me that the inspiration to make a difference starts with each individual, and collectively we really can lift the profile of sports podiatry in Australia.
Brukner and Khan have written a very useful book, and the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research is open access and Bartold Clinical has some podiatry pearls.
I’m happy to share my experience with anyone wanting more information! You can find me at email@example.com
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