PodChatLive is a regular monthly online livestream discussion for podiatrists and others involved in the subject which is broadcast live on Facebook and is available later as a replay on YouTube, the website and the usual podcast platforms such as iTunes and Spotify for the audio version. In each episode the two hosts have on a number of guests and examine a variety of topics of importance to podiatry and the lower limb. Throughout the broadcast, queries may be asked by those viewing during real time and the hosts and guests respond. The livestream has accumulated an extensive following and is very popular among podiatrists.
The hosts of PodChatLive are Ian Griffiths and Craig Payne, both podiatrists. The show began one evening when Craig was visiting Ian and so they went live from Ian’s lounge to have a discussion live on Facebook about whatever came up. It was later on named PodChatLive because they noticed that it worked and they were developing a following. Craig is based in Melbourne and he runs the discussion board, Podiatry Arena and runs the online courses for the Clinical Biomechanics Bootcamp. Ian is a sports podiatrist in London. The livestream did start off as a weekly broadcast, but as it’s not monetized, it was just too much work for the hosts to put on, so following the first year it was changed to a monthly show.
At times the discussion is about clinical topics such as types of foot problems, other times it talks about business issues like social internet marketing. In other episodes the guest is someone well-known within the podiatry profession and so they discuss a number of topics with the guest. Some episodes are much more popular than the others and at times the hosts get amazed exactly how popular some shows are as they were not actually anticipating that episode to be as popular as what it ended up being.