How to do a vascular assessment of the foot?
Among the most significant functions which a podiatrist takes on might be to appraise the vascular or blood circulation condition to the foot and lower limb to determine if people are in danger or not for poor healing due to the blood flow. If someone was at high risk for issues for that reason, then steps need to be considered to reduce that threat and protect the feet from damage, particularly when they've got diabetes. The monthly talk show for Podiatrists, PodChatLive dedicated an entire episode to vascular assessment. PodChatLive is a free continuing education livestream that goes live on Facebook. The supposed market is podiatrists doing work in clinical practice, however the real target audience include a lot of other health professionals too. Through the live there is lots of dialogue and feedback commented on Facebook. Afterwards the recorded video version is published to YouTube and the podcast edition is added to the common places like Spotify and also iTunes.
In the episode on vascular complications and examination of the foot the hosts talked with Peta Tehan, a podiatrist, and an academic at the University of Newcastle, Australia and also with Martin Fox who is also a podiatrist and works in a CCG-commissioned, community-based National Health Service service in Manchester, UK where he delivers early identification, diagnosis and ideal clinical therapy for people with diagnosed peripheral arterial disease. During the episode there was several real and beneficial vascular pearls from Martin and Peta. They discussed what a vascular assessment should look like in clinical practice, the importance of doppler use for a vascular analysis (and frequent errors made), we listened to several doppler waveforms live (and appreciate how relying upon our ears by itself most likely are not perfect), and recognized the value of great history taking and screening in people with known risk factors, notably given that 50% of those with peripheral arterial disorders have no symptoms.