I have spent the last 20 years contributing to the advancement of foot health science and clinical practice. This blog is about bringing to life the continuing journey so that researchers, clinicians and the public can make sense of, and contribute to, future foot science and health.
Whilst publishing research in academic journals is important, this often restricts the conversation to fellow academics. Actually, like any discipline, we can be too narrow in our thinking and we need to find ways to communicate with different but equally, indeed often more, important audiences. This will accelerate the adoption of research outcomes and the discussion will inform future research. It is at the interface of different disciplines and perspectives where the most exciting things often happen.
Communicating with the widest possible audience maximises the impact of research and ensures that best value is provided to those who fund research. Outstanding research that no one hears about is a waste of money, public money usually, and contrary to the principles of why we do health research – to create new knowledge that improves people’s lives.
So this blog is a platform from which I can share my thoughts on current foot heath research (my own and that of others), foot health practice (podiatry and other professions too), and the policy issues that relate to foot health.
Why now? Talking about the VALUE of foot health has never been more important. Increasing numbers of people have their lives affected by poor foot health as the affects of aging take hold, or because of diabetes and obesity, or even increased participation in sport (FYI, these are just examples). So, we need to make sure we can understand foot health, develop and share evidence based practice and support a suitably skilled “foot health workforce” to keep feet fit.
Happy feet make happy people.