Flatfoot in kids frequently occurs and the majority of of the time it's not at all a problem, which means this results in a lot of dialogue concerning if it is a normal variation associated with no consequence or is the beginning of a problem which needs to be taken care of. There has been a large number of debates over this online and at seminars, but with no true comprehensive agreement. There are strongly held opinions on both sides of the issue. An edition of the podiatrists livestream, PodChatLive was about talking about this issue. PodChatLive is a weekly live chat with two hosts that talk about a unique issue each month having a different expert or group of experts that's broadcast live on Facebook and then the recorded edition is put into YouTube and the audio version is made obtainable as a podcast. They've got a fairly substantial following within podiatry and those interested in the themes which they talk about.
In the last edition on paediatric flatfoot the hosts spoke with investigator, lecturer and private podiatrist Helen Banwell with regards to the controversy and problems regarding the symptomatic Vs asymptomatic flat feet in children and also pointed out her opinions when you should treat as opposed to when not to. They talked about the need for asking pertaining to family history in making that decision. In addition they brought up traditional compared to surgical interventions and the way to manage worried and anxious moms and dads any time suggesting to manage or not treat. In addition they talked about the foot orthotic useage routines for the younger patient with flat feet. Helen Banwell is a lecturer in podiatry as well as an Academic Integrity Officer in the School of Health Sciences, as well as Associate Director for the international Centre of Allied Health Evidence (iCAHE) with the University of Adelaide in South Australia. Helen is a starting part of Making Strides that is a web based collaborative for those employed in foot and lower leg development research. She has been a lecturer in podiatry at the University of South Australia since 1999, instructing paediatric theory and practical in addition to introducing 2nd year podiatry students into their practical clinics.