Gill Sykes

Gill Sykes Society of Tissue Viability Trustee

Gill has over 30 years of experience as a specialist podiatrist

working to develop close links with the multidisciplinary team, in Wound Management. Her main role is with vascular and critically high-risk patients, taking part in joint clinics where she works alongside a vascular consultant with a particular interest in tissue viability, an orthotist and an amputee team.

Gill also undertakes the measurement and fitting of prescription orthopaedic footwear in order to address the long-term prevention of re-ulceration.

Much of her work is in co-ordinating care for patients with foot wounds, working closely with district nursing teams in order to provide a seamless journey for the patient between secondary and primary care.

Presentations at The Society of Tissue Viability 2022 Conference

Different debriding techniques – practical workshop

Objectives

After attending this session, persons will be able to:

  • Describe techniques for debriding wounds
  • Demonstrate with some case studies
  • The benefits of debriding a wound
  • Contraindications to some debridement methods

Abstract

Debriding techniques have been around age old, and developed over the years with some very complex methods used in clinical practice today

The importance of debriding a wound to encourage wound healing is essential when time is limited and complex needs of the patient we see today.

The importance of footwear in preventing pressure damage to the foot

Objectives

After attending this session, persons will be able to:

  • Understand the make -up of a shoe
  • The damage a shoe can do
  • Accommodate a difficult foot
  • When and where to refer to podiatry

Abstract

Footwear is a massive problem for podiatrists worldwide, causing endless tissue damage to the feet whether this be fashion or occupation, medical need or just a plain old shoe

This presentation will hopefully dispel a few myths on footwear and helps us all understand both our patient’s footwear and our own , and to cover in detail the make- up of a shoe with a few simple techniques on how to detect problems with footwear and possible solutions of how to make life in shoes more comfortable.