The Podiatry profession in Malta is a relatively new area of healthcare when compared to other disciplines with the initial graduates with outside qualifications only getting state registered in the late eighties. During the late 80's and early nineties even though the need of starting an Association for Podiatry practitioners was identified the number of Podiatrists was still minimal and a common representative body never reached fruition initially. Throughout the late 1990's for the reason that University of Malta opened more Podiatry programs the volume of Podiatry practitioners accelerated and then the thought of creating a uniting organization for all these podiatrists was slowly transforming into a concrete and factual concept. The Association of Podiatrists of Malta ended up being established in 1999 and is the expert association that represents Podiatry practitioners working in the Podiatry profession in Malta. Dr. Alfred Gatt was the initial chair of the organization.
Alfred Gatt teamed up with Cynthia Formosa for an edition of PodChatLive to chat about the podiatry profession in the island of Malta in addition to their common research interests. PodChatLive is a weekly live show on Facebook run by Craig Payne coming from Australia and Ian Griffith coming from England. They both teach on the podiatry program at the University of Malta. Throughout the chat they talked about learning in Malta, which given the weather and also the low costs might appear to be a very enticing opportunity for quite a few. They highlighted some of the enormous research output they have been interested in in regards to the diabetic foot, particularly when you take into account the size of the team at the university. Alfred and Cynthia talked about why you may wish to consider toe pressures rather than the ABPI, as well as think about getting a thermal digital camera as part of a diabetes evaluation. They had a lot of remarkable pictures showing of lifestyle and working in the island of Malta and in addition of their own research initiatives. There is without a doubt there might be some wishing to go after a higher degree after hearing this episode