Two fortunate things happened in the summer of 96-97; I was accepted into QUT’s podiatry program and I didn’t have to eat a bug.
QUT podiatry had an intake of 30 students per year and had a reputation as being an outstanding undergraduate course. The head of podiatry was a venerable Scotsman called Alan Crawford who had spent many years involved in podiatry education, emphasising the importance of practical skills and an appreciation of lifelong learning. Our training was hands-on, thought-provoking, at times exhausting but ultimately rewarding. It was at QUT where my enthusiasm for foot health began.
A common question I get asked is “why feet?” This is usually accompanied by a look of revulsion or gesture of there-is-no-way-I-could-work-with-smelly-feet. The answer to the question is simple. Feet are great. Our feet get to carry us around all day, adapt to a variety of floors, terrain, shoes, temperatures and fashion trends, protect us from injury and sickness and enable us to be independent. It is only when they hurt that we tend to pay them any attention. According to research, 1 in 5 people suffer from foot pain. This can mean loss of time at work, inability to perform activities of daily living, reducing in ability to remain active and inevitable loss of quality of life. Being able to reduce the burden of disease, promote injury healing, restore mobility and reduce pain remains one of the best parts of my work. Every foot is different. Every case is unique. Every day is different.
Back to 1996 and bug eating. It was a bet between my sister and me about being accepted to QUT. I lost. My sister was kind enough to let me off without harming any bugs.