FAQs or Frequently asked questions

 

Welcome to my website. I am always looking for new ways to help readers whether patients or those interested in practising foot health management. Please look through these FAQ’s. Hopefully there will be an answer to most questions. 

 

If you cannot find the answer to your question?

If you cannot find the answer to your question??

Thanks for looking at my website platform

 

If the information cannot be found under frequently asked questions (FAQ) please write to me using the box at the bottom of this page

Contact e-mail addresses:

contact@consultingfootpain.co.uk
or busypencilcase_rcb@yahoo.com

I cannot find a factsheet? Is there one available?

If you cannot find factsheet or information and want more?

If you are unable to find a factsheet or information sheet please check under the list first. This is the article called introduction to fact sheets. This also tells you what is planned. Send me a message using the contact heading at the top of the webpage. I have many factsheets and information that I have previously used and have not updated. 

You can contact me at busypencilcase_rcb@yahoo.com

Can I make an appointment to see you to discuss a foot problem?

Can I make an appointment to see you?

As I am no longer in practise so do not have a base to work from. I am still registered (HCPC) and a full member and Fellow of the College of Podiatry.You can use the College of Podiatry website to locate a practitioner in podiatry (https://www.scpod.org) The field of podiatry has many sub specialties and career prospects in both the NHS and Independent sector. A number of podiatrists work for branded groups. Podiatrists often practise in both sectors, mixing their working hours. All podiatrists must now be registered. Note Foot Health Practitioners are not registered under the HCPC and carry out the type of care which limits the wider scope of foot health practise. Always check your podiatrist is registered as patients are protected from poor practice and illegitimate activity.

  • General practice for foot health
  • Diabetic and higher risk care (NHS predominantly)
  • Arthritic care
  • Domiciliary care (home and retirement nursing homes)
  • Sports podiatry
  • Special interest in orthotic care and muscle-skeletal podiatry
  • Forensic podiatry
  • Podiatric surgery
  • Reflexology and homeopathic podiatry
  • Podiatric Research and education

Should you wish to ask some questions about your health, that is different and I may be able to help.

Scroll to the next question for further information.

Can I ask questions or seek your advice without seeing you?

Can I ask questions or seek your advice without seeing you?

Yes, I would be happy to try and help you and have done so with others since ceasing podiatric practise. Please set out your question using the response box on this website, or you can write to me at a special e-mail address called myfootjourneys@mail.com

Terms

  • I will respond as soon as I can but my primary purpose would be to share any discussion about treatment or past experience you may have had to help the public with articles, comments and testimonials.
  • In this way we can both benefit. There is no fee involved.
  • Your name cannot be used without your express permission so any material we share will be anonymised or a false name used.
  • Opinions about the quality of previous treatment cannot be provided and I do not give advice of medico-legal aspects of podiatry or orthopaedics.

 

Please sign-up to Footlocker and receive regular information on foot health at consultingfootpain.co.uk

Do you give talks?

Do You Give Talks?

I am happy to give talks to both public and professional groups, branches of the College of Podiatry, students at a recognised school of podiatry, GPs and others. 

Local, national and international talks

I have spoken regularly at conferences and provide talks to smaller groups such as GP practices, Women’s Institute for example and student meetings. Travelling widely I have spoken to groups of podiatrists in the USA, New Zealand, South Africa, Israel and Dublin, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Making an Impression

Most of us like feedback as this provides a useful learning curve, trying to improve the measure of communication so I have written a short post on feedback from my recent talks to offer some idea about the quality of delivery.  With over forty years of public speaking it is hoped that I can offer something of value to most audiences. The secret is to ensure the audience receive due worth. 

How to book me?

As a professional speaker fees do apply to pay for materials and local travelling costs. Whilst in the UK I will provide all the audio-visual equipment so expensive locations with tech support are not necessary. All organisers are responsible for booking the location. Please provide as much notice as possible. Where I can promote my publications costs will be lower. 

  • I need to know numbers who are likely to attend
  • Broadly the subject matter of importance
  • Specific dates required
  • Venue and existing layout 

For international talks special arrangements apply so again do contact me as I am occasional travel around South-East Asia and Australasia

 

Please enquire through busypencilcase_rcb@yahoo.com for more details.

 

I am a student of podiatry in the UK. Can I contact you for advice?

I am a student of podiatry in the UK. Can I contact you for advice?

 

 

Indeed it is always a pleasure to hear from students. It would be a delight to provide support where possible but do bear in mind as a communication company I do not offer writing services for course work.

Podiatry is a great career and any help you wish I can provide either at college or as a newly qualified member of the professional along the lines of communication and promotion then let me know and I will send you five free booklets not published elsewhere. This includes Information about setting up practice, free subscription to my regular Reflective Podiatric Practice, a guide to clinical padding-dressings and a guide for GPs covering podiatric conditions.

Why not arrange a free talk for your colleagues. Minimum numbers apply. Full lecture suite and AV equipment is not required as I provide my own to ensure you have quality projection slides.

 

Just sign-up using the box on this website or write to me at busypencilcase_rcb@yahoo.com

 

Busypencilcase Communications Ltd believes in promoting the career of Podiatry

 

 

 

How can I publish an article on your website?

How can I publish an article on your website?

Reflective Podiatric Practice is a regular news article produced by Busypencilcase Communications for podiatrists and free to registered UK practitioners

  • Learn to write with support from BPCC
  • Get an article into Footlocker or Clinician Portal
  • Promote your profession
  • Build your CPD publication profile 
  • Case histories, short articles of interest, and clinical studies and comment all welcome
  • Summaries from formal publications
  • Marked work from college courses

Aim

While most journals require formal application on-line you only have to send an attached file to one person. The formality of the publication does not have to be in heavy academic style but this does not detract from publishing those with enhanced quality. Formal research should be submitted to JFAR, Podiatry Now, The Foot, and other journals for wider recognition, but once accepted you can send in an abstract or summary or even material related to the article. Establish your academic base and promote yourself through subsidiary publications.

Reflective Podiatric Practice

I publish regularly and feature Reflective Podiatric Practice.The aim is to encourage writing skills and promote podiatry to the public and other professions. Reflective Podiatric Practice is only available to UK registered podiatrists but sponsored international podiatrists are welcome to apply and we have sign ups from Australia, USA, Hong Kong and Israel. 

Articles and posts

Why not write a blog styled post for Footlocker on your experience and even promote your practice. Now that’s a good deal! Alternatively write a post /article for Clinician Portal. Articles and posts are published on Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so the coverage is wider.

How to

Just send in a word document as a plain page without columns. Anything from 500 – 4500 words can be published in a single article.  Include references where you can and separate pictures as jpeg files and you will have a draft to check all catalogued for publication under the Busypencilcase Communications banner. Circulation grows regularly and you can use you publication of evidence. 

Examples of referencing

  1. Greenfield J, Rea, J, Ilfield FW. Morton’s Interdigital neuroma: indications for treatment by local injections versus surgery. Clin Orthop Rel Res. pp142-144, 1984
  2. Read, TF, Motto SG Tendo achilles pain: steroid and outcome. Br. J Sp Med 26,1 pp15-17, 1992
  3. Mahler, F, Fritsky, D. Partial and complete ruptures of the achilles tendon and local corticosteroid injections. Br. J Sp Med 26,1 pp7-13, 1992
  4. Ohira T, Isikawa K, Kumato, S. Hydroxyapatite deposition in articular cartilage by intraarticular injections of methylprednisolone. J Bone & Joint Surg. 68-A, 4:509-510. 1986
  5. Shoemaker RS, Bertone AL, Martin GS, McIlwraith, CW, Roberts, ED, Pechman, R, Kearney MT. Effects of intraarticular administration of methylprednisolone acetate on normal articular cartilage and on healing of experimentally induced osteochondral defects in horses. Am. J. Vet. Res. 53,8, pp1446-1453, 1992

Submit and article to ConsultingFootPain published by Busypencilcase Communications Ltd

I am not confident and want help with writing. Can you offer assistance?

I am not confident and want help with writing.

Can you offer assistance?

At Busypencilcase Communications Ltd I take a broad view about publishing and wish to promote all abilities no matter how experienced or inexperienced.

Podiatrists and Patients

Writing is a wonderful craft to learn and enjoy, so flesh out your ideas and just ping an e-mail to me contact@consultingfootpain.co.uk. if you write on facebook or twitter or other social platforms then you are already on your way. 

Podiatrists

If you are a podiatrist you can publish an ordinary article or use the Reflective Podiatric Practice newsfeed which is a little more formal.  Presently I am helping people write promotional material for their practice.Promote your practice with a blog or ask for advice how to produce a personalised information leaflet

 

Patients

If you are a patient then Footlocker is your site where you can write and share your own patient journeys. write to contact@consultingfootpain.co.uk or myfootjourneys@mail.com.

 

Send for my free guide on writing a patient journey. Read the short article under Footlocker Publications

Guide-to-writing-a-diary-V3.0-BPCC_2018

 

 

 

 

What is Footlocker?

What is Footlocker?

Footlocker is a platform for regular articles and factsheets for everyone to access freely. Although I mostly write these myself, patients and podiatrists can contribute and I am happy to publish stories or thoughts from other sources.

I try to publish different material each month about podiatry, the healthcare system, patient’s experiences and indeed my own experience as a patient. For less layman terminology you can select Clinician Portal as well and check out past publications.

You to can share in writing.

Sign up to stay ahead with my regular newsfeed at consultingfootpain.co.uk

What is Clinician Portal?

What is Clinician Portal

Clinician portal is the sister platform to Footlocker and provides regular articles and is a second source of Newsfeed and free to access. I publish different material each month about podiatry, and delve into the areas of formal material that could still be of interest to the layman as well as clinical colleagues. The writing may be of greater complexity. My publication lists are available, many can be downloaded directly by clicking on the links. 

 

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You can share in writing so do look at other FAQs to find out more

Please  sign up to stay ahead with the regular newsfeed for podiatrists and receive regular articles called Reflective Podiatric Practice, launched March 2018. 

What and who is ConsultingFootPain and how did it come about?

ConsultingFootPain

What and who is consulting foot pain and how did it come about?

David Tollafield podiatrist, author and public speaker, director of Busypencilcase Communications Ltd

ConsultingFootPain was established in 2010 as part of Podiatric Surgical Services and is a brand name and comes under my publishing communications company Busypencilcase Communications Ltd established in 2015. It took off with the development of my website of the same name. The original site went live in 2013 and was designed to provide self-help and information for patients. Footlocker grew out of the web pages, first as a blog and this continued as articles also shared on Linkedin and Facebook as well as Twitter.

Latest website and newsfeed

In August 2018 I built a new website to replace my clinical site. This had been deconstructed during the first six months of 2018 as I no longer worked for my hospital, and it was important to have no confusion.

ConsultingFootPain is a non-clinical based product which carries on the tradition of clinical non-fictional writing. During 2017-18 I launched my first patient clinical book on Morton’s Neuroma having had foot surgery. This led to the creation of patient journeys with a second book planned for 2019.

A bit more about the author

I am a dedicated patient as well as a former consultant in the field of podiatric surgery and now author and journalist for foot health matters. I qualified in 1978 as a chiropodist and became a podiatrist in 1980 and gained my fellowship in 1986 to perform surgery. Following a 10 year career in full time teaching as a senior lecturer in Northampton, I was awarded my consultancy in 1995 in podiatric surgery. I established three healthcare units in the West Midlands dedicated to foot surgery as well as three independent practices at well-known hospitals. I retired from clinical practice in 2018 and continue working closely with the College of Podiatry (London) and provide national and international talks and running BPCC Ltd.

David R Tollafield DPodM, BSc(hons), MSc, FCPodS, FCPM, MChS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who is Busypencilcase Communications Ltd?

 

 

Busypencilcase Communications Ltd

Busypencilcase Communications Ltd is a registered company that provides support to ConsultingFootPain as its’ non-fictional branch and a fictional side for short stories and novels.

How did BPCC Ltd come about?

In 2012 I wrote a children’s book called The Story of Crystal Rouge about a ‘biro’ pen which was subsequently published as an e-book, soft and hardcover (Xlibris). Designed originally from our first grand-daughter it was finished seven years later, rather too late for her teenage years. Fortunately, I had another seven-year-old granddaughter by the time I completed and we worked on the final copy together which she took to her local primary school.

The story was developed from my old grey pencil case which had a host of pens, pencils and featured as the pencil case in the book. It was just a question of considering the uniqueness of the pencil case in the development of my company’s name. Communications can just as easily arise from the basic products of writing as it can from a computer so that was it and me…

…oh yes, the author Rob C Blyth. Well, Rob is my middle name and Blyth my family name on our maternal side. Grandad fought in the First World War between 1916-18 and so it seemed fitting as a tribute to include both family names in my writing especially as this happened during the Great War Centenary.

Future books

More books by David R Tollafield are in the pipeline so watch out for more information. Thanks for reading about me.

David (Rob) from BPCC Ltd

 

 

MyFootJourneys

 

Myfootjourneys

Myfootjourneys is a concept that I followed after having my own foot surgery. Not only did I find this helpful for natural recall of each stage I passed through but it helped me as a consultant treating the foot. The value I found was when sharing this with patients. It became clear that while patients do keep diaries, logs or blogs and some vlogs (video logs), the foot remains somewhat of less interest. Click onto writing diaries.

We can learn so much from our patients. As a busy clinician undertaking this core task was far from my mind. I would encourage patients and colleagues to keep a progress chart as so much can be learned. So at the end of the day I turned my log and diary into a publication in 2017. Another publication is under development as a number of patients have kindly contributed. If you too want to contribute please do contact me. 

Help make our strap line come true:

Progress through the Art of Communication

You can write to my dedicated e-mail for patient journeys mypatientjourneys@mail.com with your story. Make sure you check any responses do not go into your spam box.

 

 

I would like help with producing a leaflet?

 

Help with Practice information and publication to promote your practice

Busypencilcase can certainly help you produce quality information to help your practice either as a flyer or information sheet. Contact me for further information or download the information booklets (see below).

Communication – a bit about the service
Communication in podiatry A guide to practice image
Service form 1.0 0318