Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Podiatry Expert Witness

Podiatry expert witness, what is it? It is a Podiatrist that gives legal testimony before a court.Usually expert are called upon by lawyers and are able also to provide them with a medico Lego report to help resolve matters in professional matters.

However this kind of work that Podiatrists are called to undertake is usually very demanding and has to be tried and tested over many years, so any report writing must be able to stand the test of time.

There are specialized organizations that are able to assist lawyers when choosing a Podiatrist expert witness, one of the leading firms that specialize in this work are known as the Round Table

We at The Stephen Kite Practice UK are pleased to be a part of their portfolio of Podiatry experts.

Other well established expert witness firms include Society of expert witnesses,also the society of chiropodists and podiatrists have a list of experts.
The Academy of Experts are also a good place to find a Podiatrist expert Witness.

This kind of work that podiatrists can undertake though can be rigorous and can involve having to present your finding in a court of law and having to be cross examined with questions from top barristers, so it isn't for the faint hearted .
There are courses however that can train the podiatrists in court room techniques and if you are planning to take up such work it would be well advised to go on one of these courses.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Can vitamins replace diabetic drugs?

GRAND RAPIDS -- The pain in Rosemary Sousley's feet had gotten so bad she could barely walk into the next room.

Knowing it was caused by her diabetes and perhaps the chemotherapy she underwent for breast cancer a few years ago didn't help. Neither did the eight Tylenol she was taking every day.

So when her podiatrist, Dr. Michael David, invited her to join a study to determine if a formula of vitamins and minerals could reduce diabetes-related pain, the 68-year-old Middleville woman agreed. 

Within two weeks, the pain in her feet had subsided enough she began cutting back on the Tylenol. Within a month, she was down to one Tylenol a day, and "now I'm at the point of taking two or three a week."

The pain is virtually gone, Sousley said. "It's a warm awareness," she said, "but it's not painful."

Monday, May 28, 2007

Self-heal bandage helps diabetics

Self-healing bandages, which use patients' own cells, could help treat diabetic ulcers, their makers say.

The bandage is being developed by CellTran, a company linked to the University of Sheffield.

Currently, diabetics have to attend clinics over months or even years to have their wounds dressed.

Trials of the bandage have shown it can help these difficult-to-treat wounds to heal in an average of eight weeks. It is already used to treat burns victims.

Sunday, May 6, 2007


Annual treatment for osteoporosis :

A once-a-year treatment significantly cuts the risk of broken bones caused by osteoporosis in post-menopausal women, international research has shown. 
Compared with a dummy pill, an infusion of Aclasta cut the risk of broken hips by 41% and of spinal breaks by 70%. 

The condition accounts for 60,000 hip and 120,000 spinal fractures a year in the UK, mostly among post-menopausal women - and numbers are rising. 

The study features in the New England Journal of Medicine.

National Osteoporosis Society have a lot of useful information. 

Thursday, April 26, 2007

How to maintain 'happy feet'

The human foot is a marvel of biomechanical engineering that most people take for granted until the system breaks down. The average person will walk the equivalent of twice around the world in a lifetime. 

Podiatrists in the UCLA Medical Group offer the following tips for maintaining healthy feet: 

+Inspect feet regularly and pay attention to changes in color, texture or appearance. 

+Maintain good foot hygiene, including washing and drying between the toes. 

+Hydrate the skin. Southern California weather and open shoes can cause rapid loss of moisture from the skin and may result in cracking or the formation of fissures. It is helpful to replace the moisture content by using lotions or creams on a regular basis. 

+Buy shoes that fit properly. A person may not wear the same size in shoes made by different manufacturers. Purchase new shoes late in the day when feet tend to be at their largest. Always buy the shoes that feel the best. 

+Don't ignore foot pain. Symptoms that increase or do not resolve within a reasonable period of time need evaluation by a podiatrist. 

+Cut toenails straight across. Never cut into the corners- this could cause an ingrown toenail. Gently file away sharp corners or rough edges with an emery board. 

+Exercise. Walking is a great way to keep weight under control and is an excellent conditioner for the feet. Wear appropriate athletic shoes when exercising. 

+Alternate shoes each day. Since the feet have sweat glands, shoes will absorb moisture from feet. It's important to allow shoes to dry out completely. 

+Avoid walking barefoot to help protect feet from injury and infection. 

+Put sunblock on feet while wearing sandals during the day to avoid sunburn. 

Reference Source: UCLA News. 

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Diabetes Advice for Patients

Below is some useful advice for Diabetic Patients here in the UK and around the World.
More and more people are developing Diabetes, it is an epidemic due to our lifestyles and diet. The feet can play an important role in ageing successfully and regular exercise together with a healthy diet is a start in the right direction.
Regular check up at the Podiatrist is most important and many Diabetic Clinics in Bournemouth, Dorset have regular out patient departments whereby patients can receive the best of advice and the Diabetic Nurses there know that one of the most important things a diabetic patient should do is to have regular foot care from an HPC Registered Podiatrist

Below is some useful advice from our collegues. You can also visit for free information regarding Diabetic Footcare.