POCUS

Point-of-Care Ultrasound for podiatry

HCPC registered clinicans only.

POCUS, Point-Of-Care Ultra Sound is becoming ever more popular in Healthcare. In Podiatry its usefulness can in many ways be compared to the Vascular Doppler Ultrasound which nowadays most podiatry clinics regard as an essential tool and which is almost universal. POCUS is a personal diagnostic tool to aid your treatment decisions in cases of suspected neuromas, fractures, tendon, ligament  and MSK pathologies, epidermoid cysts, arthropathies and so many other encountered scenarios in your clinics.

Cart-based high power machines are exceptionally useful in specialised clinics, but lack the ready usability of the increasing available number of portable (some pocket-sized) ultrasound probes that utilise either smart phones or tablets as the viewing screen.  The probes connect to phone, tablet or iPad by either USB / Lightening connector or Wi-Fi depending on the machines make.,

The virtue of POCUS machines is their relative simplicity of operation compared to that of cart-based wired machines. Many portable POCUS machines have a good selection of pre-configured settings for MSK, vascular, colour, power doppler, guided injections and numerous other day-to-day applications. User- operated settings on such machines, where needed, are virtually all onscreen and easily comprehensible and usable after a surprisingly modest amount of training. Increasingly, the prices of such POCUS  devices are now similar to the cost of a quality autoclave, making them a  truly viable purchase option in all levels of general practice.

The IoP, utilising the advice of leading POCUS advocates, authors and trainers in general and emergency medicine, has produced a course that combines initial theoretical online e-Learning, an intensive, invaluable ‘hands-on’ practical day under the guidance of expert POCUS tutors, and required completion of a five procedure short post-practical reflective analysis log to rapidly bring delegates to the required standard to commence immediate use of POCUS in their own practices.

The course is supported and resourced by leading manufacturers, advice on various machines will be willingly provided – without any ‘hard-selling’ of specific brands.

We are here to teach you clinical understanding and use, not to sell you a product!

Course Tutor

Martin is a Consultant Podiatrist, he has two clinics in Birmingham, one at hospital dealing with NHS secondary care referrals and a private consulting clinic . When extended medicines use became possible in podiatry, he qualified as one of the very early supplementary prescribers and subsequently worked on the Department of Health independent prescribing project a few years later which successfully developed independent prescribing for Podiatrists and Physiotherapists,  as well as the NICE single prescribing framework project. He is passionate about maximising medicines access and use in podiatry. A special interest for a number of years has been injection therapies which he firmly maintains are grossly underused in both NHS and independent general practice podiatry. As director of education for the Institute of Podiatrists he uses the opportunity of that platform to share his passions about  the foregoing.

Each course delegate will receive a copy of ‘Ultrasound for the generalist, a guide to point of care ultrasound’ Dr Sarb Clare, that will form part of the pre-practical reading.

CPD and accreditation will be awarded in 2 parts; theory and practical (part 1) log book entry and completion (part 2). Delegates can complete part 2 at their pace within an 18 month period.

Lunch is provided on the practical training day.

Open to podiatrists, foot health practitioners, physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths and GP’s.

Max. 12 delegates.

The concept and design of Kinesio tape was developed in the 1970’s by Dr Kenzo Kase, a Japanese chiropractor, who wanted a tape that could provide his patients with support but didn’t restrict or limit movement the way traditional athletic tapes do. A combination of cotton and nylon Kinesio tape mimic’s the skins elasticity so you can use your full range of motion without obstructing circulation. Used predominantly in the treatment of injured muscles and joints, Kinesio tape is applied over and/or around the affected muscles in a stretched position, helping to relieve pain and inflammation.

Kinesio tape can be used for a variety of conditions seen in the knee and foot health including:

  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Shin splints
  • Ankle sprains
  • Hallux Valgus (bunions)
  • Pain associated with flat feet

Often seen on professional athletes Kinesio tape can be used to maximise athletic performance, so if you often see sports and exercise enthusiasts, this course is a MUST!

Attendees will be shown how to confidently apply Kinesio tape for a variety of conditions. Delegates will be practicing Kinesio taping applications on one another so you can experience first-hand the benefits of its application.

1x box of Kinesio tape will be provided post course for delegates to start treatments straight away!

Tutor

Somuz Miah is a Consultant Podiatrist Prescriber with over 24 years’ experience specialising in a variety of treatments for the lower limb. Somuz is a highly established educator within podiatry and foot health holding qualifications in ‘Certificate Teaching Skill Evidence Based Medicine’, and ‘Level 3 Award in Education & Training Certification’ and additional training qualifications in OFQUAL and SQA for safeguarding children and adults, first aid, anaphylaxis and oxygen.

This Podiatric Acupuncture course is open to all HCPC registered podiatrists, chiropodists, physiotherapists, doctors, nurses, chiropractors

Max. 10 delegates

This 1-day highly intensive training course is based on Western principles of acupuncture, often called dry needling. Course delegates will learn when and how to confidently utilise this procedure.

Podiatrists may use acupuncture as a stand-alone treatment or in combination with other modalities, symptoms associated with musculoskeletal disorders, neurological disorders and circulatory disorders can all benefit from acupuncture treatment.

Common conditions that can benefit from podiatric acupuncture treatment include:

  • plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • shin ‘splints’
  • calf cramping
  • arthritic joint pain as well as neuropathic pain, neuromas, and ulcers

Course Tutor

Somuz Miah, CFPodM, BSc (PodM), Dip Sp.I, PGC IP, MFPM RCPS (Glasg), is a qualified Sports Practitioner & Podiatrist (Diploma Sports injuries & Electro Therapy). He qualified in medical acupuncture 11 years ago. He has been practising podiatry for over 24 years. Somuz is a Consultant Podiatrist Prescriber & Member of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons Glasgow.

This course is accredited by The Institute of Podiatrists. All course delegates will receive a copy of the book ‘Foundation in Medical Acupuncture: Evidence-Based Manual of Acupuncture Points’ as course pre-reading and will be provided with CPD certification and a box of acupuncture needles on successful completion of the course.

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– 5 Day course in London

Approved by The Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists since 2018

This is a Post Registration ‘M’ Level programme in Diabetology for Podiatrists and Health Care Professionals, organised since September 1996, continually updated to meet the clinical needs of patients and to demonstrate the evolving treatment modalities available.

The course comprises of 26 lecturers. Because of the expanding knowledge base this programme is delivered over 5 days.

The aim of the course is to provide podiatrists and health professionals with the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the underlying causes of diabetes and managing the diabetic patient.

Monday

Dr Matthew Young, Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary

AM Introduction and course details, followed by Dr M Young, General Diabetes. In depth, the disease, it’s impact, types, causation, side effects, and treatments

PM The Foot in Diabetes

Tuesday

AM The diabetic foot attack, In patient hospital management of diabetic patients, The neuropathic patient (Neuropathy and its diagnosis and management)

PM Dietary advice for the diabetic patient, Wound infection identification of microbes, Antibiotic anti microbial therapy, Interventional radiology

Wednesday

AM Vascular surgery for the diabetic patient, the Charcot foot, staging diabetic feet management

PM The psychological aspects of diabetes, Podiatric surgery for the diabetic patient, International guidelines, Casting lecture/demonstration

Thursday

AM Orthopaedic management of the diabetic limb, IN patient podiatry clinics, Management off loading strategies, Ward treatments in an acute setting, new treatments, wound management

PM Research developing your skills, Vascular surgery for the diabetic patient, Interactive case studies , Group work, The diabetic foot, harnessing your skills/ applying to your patients

Friday

Viva Voce Examination

Patient interview

About the Course

Maximum 8 delegates.

Ideal for curing corns and other pressure lesions on the foot!

An injection of hyaluronan usually in conjunction with a local anaesthetic.

This substance is naturally present in human tissues and performs a number of essential functions. When it is injected into local areas it can improve the volume of tissue that may have lost its elasticity and become thin. For example, the soft tissue under the bottom of the forefoot or heel may have become less cushioned causing pain in the joints of the foot (Metatarsalgia), also the toe joints can develop bony prominences on which corns and ulcers can form as toes rub together etc. and in this and similar cases tissue fillers can inject a natural internal cushion to reduce pain and damage that may last for several months.

This course, led by Podiatrist Independent Prescriber Martin Harvey, will show the mechanism of these substances and their clinical applications in Podiatry. The substances used are medical devices so can be accessed and utilised by Podiatrists with an LA certificate. Dermal fillers, although designed for injection are classified as medical devices and as such do not require a prescription and can be purchased by any individual.

Tutor

Martin Harvey, has been at the forefront of developing soft tissue injection therapy in Podiatry for over a decade. He regularly uses and teaches the use of not only Dermal fillers but also injectable innovations such as PRP, steroid injection therapy, prolotherapy, hyaluronic acid agents and botulinum toxins. As one of the early supplementary prescribers in UK podiatry, he was closely involved in developing independent prescribing, working with the Department of Health and the National Prescribing Centre plus UK Universities. As a registered now fully independent prescriber, he can share his detailed pharmacological understanding in a readily comprehensible fashion that helps delegates to gain the effective knowledge they require to be safe and effective users of these potent agents.

Martin introduced the first such courses for podiatrists over ten years ago.

This course is approved and certified by The Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists. The procedure is covered by the Institutes band 4 insurance for appropriately trained members and fellows with LA certification.

Venue

This course will be held at Sir Robert Peel Hospital, Wiggins Centre, Tamworth

There is on-site chargeable parking available and limited free parking along the road leading to the hospital.

Refreshments are provided. Lunch not included.

Designed for hospital clinical staff.

This 2-day, onsite course at your clinic or Hospital, will provide delegates with a comprehensive understanding of reasons for, and the safe application of, routine footcare within a healthcare setting. The course will focus on a wide variety of patient types including the elderly, vulnerable and health compromised.

Maximum number for training 16.

Course syllabus: 

Day 1. Presentations and demonstrations 

  • Introducing the structure and functions of the foot 
  • Common foot problems and routine treatments 
  • Tools of the trade 
  • Special cases -The ageing foot 
  • Special cases – The diabetic foot 
  • Special cases – The oedematous foot 

Day 2 Demonstrations and hands-on guided/supervised practical 

  • Assessing and identifying the at-risk foot
  • Assessing the at-risk foot
  • Care and management plans
  • General on-site care

Inclusive of: 

  • 24 sets of sterile single-use podiatry instrument sets 
  • Sterile field packs as required, standard preoperative hygiene agents 
  • Assessment tools – per Tutor – as required to include monofilament set, doppler, 128Hz vibration testing tools etc 

Tutors

Tutors will be currently registered Podiatrists and QCF trained educators. The course is validated by the Institute of Podiatrists (IoP) a national professional body recognised by the Health and Care Professions Council and NHS Health Education England, established in 1938.

All enquiries to info@iop-uk.org or by telephone 01704 546 141

Steroid & Viscosupplementation Injection Therapy Course

About the Course

For all registered HCPC Podiatrists with POM-A. Max. 10 delegates

Steroid injections are designed to give temporary relief to musculoskeletal sprains and strains of the lower limb as well as help to relieve acute episodes of inflammatory pain in joints and the tissue surrounding them in the foot and the lower leg. Steroid injections are also suitable for specific conditions such as Morton’s neuroma, which can be given temporary relief.

Delegates will learn when to, and how to, administer steroid injections for the benefit of their patients. It is essential that as clinical professionals you fully understand the contraindications of such injections and when not to administer.

New for 2024, in addition to Steroid Injection training delegates will learn alternatives for those who are unable to receive steroid injections. Such alternatives include Viscosupplements.

Viscosupplementation is a hyaluronic acid, a gel-like fluid, that is injected into a joint to relieve conditions such as osteoarthritis. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that lubricates a joint thus reducing friction. Unlike a steroid injection which relieves inflammation of peripheral joints, viscosupplements seek to reestablish the elasticity and viscosity of the joint’s normal synovial fluids. Viscosupplements are fully available to all podiatrists.

The course will focus on the viscosupplemet range Ostenil from TRB Chemedica. TRB Chemedica specialise in biosynthetic Sodium Hyaluronate products: OSTENIL®, OSTENIL® MINI, and OSTENIL® PLUS which are all intra-articular injectable preparations of Sodium Hyaluronate for the treatment of degenerative joint disease. OSTENIL® TENDON, a visco-elastic solution for peritendinous or intrasheath injection, is designed to restore tendon function by reducing pain and enhancing tendon gliding.

Tutor

Martin Harvey, PGCert, BSc, MInstCHP, MCPodS, has been at the forefront of developing and promoting soft tissue injection therapy in UK Podiatry for more than a decade, using prolotherapy, hyaluronic acid dermal fillers and botulinum toxins. As one of the very early supplementary prescribers in UK podiatry, he was closely involved in developing independent prescribing, working with the Department of Health and the National Prescribing Centre on a single national prescribing framework. As a very experienced Independent Prescriber, he shares his detailed pharmacological understanding in a readily comprehensible fashion that helps delegates to gain the effective knowledge they require to be safe and effective users of these potent steroid agents. In addition to his busy hospital consultancies he also currently serves on the Department of Health working party on extending controlled drugs prescribing rights for podiatrist prescribers and NHS education England’s Foot Health Consortium leaders’ group.

Venue

This course is held at Wiggins Centre, Sir Robert Peel Hospital, Plantation Lane, Tamworth, B78 3NG

The procedure is covered by the Institutes band 4 insurance for appropriately trained members and fellows with LA certification.

This course is approved and certified by The Institute of Podiatrists

Open to podiatrists only. Maximum course delegates 12.

Non-surgical ingrown toenail procedures

Course aims: To provide individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and effectively treat ingrown toenails without the need for surgical intervention.

As part of the training course attendees will be taught to confidently practice the conservative nail edge removal technique. This techniques involves removal of a thin edge of nail to provide immediate relief, generally performed without Anaesthetic.

The course will cover but is not limited to:

  • Anatomy and physiology of the toenail and surrounding tissue
  • Causes and symptoms of ingrown toenails
  • Non-surgical treatment options for ingrown toenails, including lifting, and filing techniques
  • Instrumentation, dressings, medications
  • Techniques for the correct nail cutting practice and maintenance
  • Prevention strategies to avoid ingrown, and future ingrown, toenails
  • Patient assessment and consultation skills
  • Infection control and safety procedures

Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to effectively diagnose and treat ingrown toenails using non-surgical techniques and provide their patients with guidance on how to prevent future occurrences. Additionally, participants should have a solid understanding of infection control procedures and patient safety protocols to ensure the health and well-being of their patients.

Course Tutor

Somuz Miah is a Consultant Podiatrist Prescriber with over 24 years’ experience specialising in a variety of treatments for the lower limb. Somuz is a highly established educator within podiatry and foot health holding qualifications in ‘Certificate Teaching Skill Evidence Based Medicine’, and ‘Level 3 Award in Education & Training Certification’ and additional training qualifications in OFQUAL and SQA for safeguarding children and adults, first aid, anaphylaxis and oxygen.

Anyone involved in foot health should be aware of how to accurately assess a diabetic foot and understand  the ways in which the foots health can be maintained or improved and also how and when people with identified issues/complications should be directed to specialist services.

This one day course will discuss the specific risks and complications of diabetes related to foot health, such as foot ulcers, neuropathy and amputation. The course will discuss real case scenarios and complications.

Delegates will gain hand-on practice in assessing the diabetic foot and become confident in the use of a variety of tests including; temperature sensation, Dermastat test and medical thermology.

Delegates will gain practical competence and confidence in the correct use of hand-held dopplers, and how to interpret the doppler examination results.

You will be able to put these skills into practice immediately, to the benefit of your own clients as well as substantially increasing the services you can legitimately offer.

Course Schedule

9.30am – Registration and Refreshments

10am – The Diabetic foot

12.30pm – Lunch

1.15pm – Practical assessments and testing

3.30pm – Q&A, feedback, certification

4pm – Close

Course Tutor

Somuz Miah is a Consultant Podiatrist Prescriber with over 24 years’ experience specialising in a variety of treatments for the lower limb. Somuz is a highly established educator within podiatry and foot health holding qualifications in ‘Certificate Teaching Skill Evidence Based Medicine’, and ‘Level 3 Award in Education & Training Certification’ and additional training qualifications in OFQUAL and SQA for safeguarding children and adults, first aid, anaphylaxis and oxygen.

Lunch and refreshments provided