Welcome to the Podiatry Arena forums, for communication between foot health professionals about podiatry and related topics.
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Podiatry Arena was started in August 2004 by Craig Payne in recognition of the need for a site such as this to serve the profession. Since then it has grown into the largest, fastest growing and most active Podiatry forum. It is also the most visited Podiatry website on the web (see the independent stats here). Podiatry Arena is not operated or associated in any way with La Trobe University which does not accept responsibility for any views expressed or for any loss or damage occasioned by users of the site.
The purpose of Podiatry Arena is to provide a resource with all the latest news, research, theories, ideas and discussions for Podiatrists and other foot health related professionals. We are always striving to improve Podiatry Arena and enhance the users experience. If you have any suggestions for improvement, either contact us or post a comment in the Help, Suggestions, Comments and Ideas forum.
The name came about as there was an already negatively orientated Podiatry Forum, so that name was taken. 'Arena' was chosen as it conjoured up the imagery of a Roman forum where great debates take place, and this theme was further developed in the current and previous banner or logo used for Podiatry Arena. For a fun take on this see this thread and this one.
Not a podiatrist?
If you are not a podiatrist, then it does not matter. We have health professionals from many disciplines (eg orthopedic surgery; physiotherapy; general medicine; chiropractic; pedorthics; nursing; footwear retailers) from many different countries participating. All that matters is the quality of the contribution, not the background.
However, what we do not permit here is the posting of messages from people seeking help for their own foot problems. We suggest posting at the Foot Health Forum to get help
As much as we would like to help, the aim is for this forum not to be overtaken by specifc patient complaints (look at the numbers posting in the Foot Health Forum), so this forum can stay focused on communication BETWEEN podiatrists and other foot health professionals. There is nothing wrong with Podiatrists or other health professionals seeking advice about particular complex patient problems.
Occasionaly someone has posted a message about their own foot problem and it has taken time for a moderator or an admin to notice it and Podiatry Arena members have taken the time to reply. In light of this the thread is usually left as effort has been expended by Podiatry Arena members. This is the exception and almost all theads will be deleted.
There is also the legal issue of providing online advice which has not been resolved in some countries, so we just do not want to go that way.
There are two ways to advertise on Podiatry Arena:
1. Via the the Google Adwords program. You can see these on most pages on the forum.
2. There is more information on direct advertising on this page.
If you want further information please contact us if you are interested.
Many people have helped in the background to make Podiatry Arena what it is, most especially the members.
Initially the design and installation work was done by Robert from WebGenius. The most recent work on the updates and customization has been done by Michelle from vBMojo.
The volunteer moderators and administrators help tremendously in starting discussions, guiding discussions, adding to discussions, pointing to previous discussions and occasionally having to wield the big stick when things get out of hand (ie when the forum rules get broken).
Not to mention, all the spam fighting that goes on - especially the members who use the 'report post' button to bring the spam to our attention.
Podiatry Arena takes privacy seriously. Our policy is here.