There are so many professional bodies worldwide that represent so many different specialities and expert groupings. One of these is a organization called i-Fab. They are the International Foot and Ankle Biomechanics association that is a multidisciplinary organization of industry experts who have an interest in foot and ankle biomechanics. They are comprised of teachers, physicians, podiatrists, orthopaedic specialists, engineers, physical therapists and other health care professionals, footwear industry individuals, insole/orthotic suppliers, surgical products manufacturers and related markets. They are quite a varied association. The association endeavors to deliver info on the international activities linked to foot and ankle biomechanics. They connect individuals who are working in the foot and ankle biomechanics field regardless of their location and discipline they may be from. In addition they want to conduct debate on key issues of interest for the global community and make coordinated group wide activities. Most significantly they're seeking to develop a profile for an worldwide critical mass of research activities that are related to foot and ankle biomechanics.

As a result among their key activities is an international conference that is held every 2 yrs. This seminar moves around the world and it has been hosted by a few different countries. The 2018 iFab conference happened in New York City in the USA. An episode of PodChatLive was focused on a comments on that conference. PodChatLive is a regular livestream for podiatrists and after the conference the hosts had a conversation of some of the relevant and interesting papers which were presented at the convention. This discussion was live on Facebook. It was later uploaded to YouTube and provided as a podcast edition available form the majority of the podcast platforms. It was a unique strategy taken by the hosts to evaluate a meeting, because they typically have a different guest on every week to go over a topic. It is not known if they are willing to try and review the 2020 conference.

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