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Podiatry Award 2020

Could you win the £1000 Cosyfeet Podiatry Award?

The Cosyfeet Podiatry Award 2020 is now open for entries. This £1000 award will be presented to a podiatry student or qualified podiatrist planning a special project that will develop their professional knowledge and skills while benefitting others.

Applications are invited for projects including voluntary work, placements, research or other initiatives. The winning entry will demonstrate how the entrant’s chosen project is of value to clients whilst advancing their own professional development. This award is designed to assist with costs associated with the applicant’s selected project, which could include expenses for equipment, travel or living. Projects may take place in the UK or abroad.

Former winners have undertaken a wide range of initiatives including those relating to the podiatric needs of dementia sufferers, the diabetic foot and the treatment of talipes equinovarus in children. Others have travelled to Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia or South America to assist with conditions resulting from diseases such as leprosy and filariasis. More details on these projects can be found below.

If you would like to apply for the award please complete our application form. The closing date to apply for the award is 24th April 2020.

 


Podiatry Award 2019

Michael Hutchby

Michael Hutchby, a second-year doctoral student in Health and Social Care at the University of Derby, is the proud winner of the Cosyfeet Podiatry Award 2019.

The Cosyfeet Podiatry Award assists podiatrists and podiatry students to develop their professional knowledge and skills while benefitting others. The award is open to those who are planning voluntary work, a work placement or research, whether in the UK or abroad. The £1000 award will fund IT support for his research, which will compare two different saphenous nerve block techniques for day-case ambulatory podiatric surgical correction of hallux valgus.

Michael’s research will take the form of a Randomised Control Trial (RCT). It will investigate whether an increased period of post-operative analgesia can be obtained by applying a saphenous nerve block just above the knee rather than at the ankle. It will also investigate whether such an increase in post-operative analgesia reduces the need for post-operative opioids and improves the patient surgical journey.

Due to the addictive nature of opioids, it has been suggested that as many as 9.5% of post surgical patients prescribed post-operative opioids go on to abuse this class of drug. A number of academic papers have pointed towards a change in the location of podiatric anaesthesia from the ankle to the knee being key to reducing the need for post-operative opioids in podiatric surgical patients. Michael hopes that his research will prove this hypothesis, and so lead to an increased duration of postoperative anaesthesia with a corresponding reduction in the use of postoperative opioid use.

“Michael’s research is pertinent to reducing the concerning incidence of opioid abuse in our society,” says Cosyfeet Managing Director, Andrew Peirce. “We are delighted to support his research and hope that it will give a clear indication as to whether simply applying local anaesthesia at the knee rather than at the ankle could result in a reduction in the numbers of individuals likely to abuse opioids.”

 


Previous Winners

2018 Award Winner

Margaryta

2017 Award Winner

Ying

2016 Award Winner

Marie

2015 Award Winner

Sophie

2014 Award Winner

Jay

2013 Award Winner

Sarah

2012 Award Winner

AliaHenry

2011 Award Winner

Joanne

2010 Award Winner

Abdul

2009 Award Winners

Kathryn Janet Tim

2008 Award Winner

Catherine

2007 Award Winner

Gwen

2006 Award Winner

Maureen

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