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Episode 90

First aired November 28, 2018

Posture & Gait

In this interview, two eminent health professionals, Dr. Simon Costain, a cosnsultant podiatrist and Dr. Keerti Mathur, an osteopath discuss with Dr.Vijay Murthy the importance of gait and posture analysis and how to correct these by utilising highly specific and individualised approaches to correcting posture. 


About our Guests

Dr. Simon Costain is the owner and main practitioner of The Gait and Posture Centre LLP. He has held a Consultant Podiatry post in the NHS and has been in Harley Street since 1985. He holds a FCPod(s): This is a full Fellowship in podiatric surgery. He practiced as a podiatric surgeon for 12 years but concentrates now on avoiding podiatric surgery in dealing with specific foot problems; a FCPod(M): This is a full fellowship in Podiatric Medicine and he is entitled to prescribe a limited list of POM’s; a MCPod: Full member of the College of Podiatry; a B.Sc. This is an internationally recognised qualification of a podiatrist who has completed a degree in podiatry; registration with the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, college of Podiatry and the Health Professions Council (HPC). Simon Costain has 43 years of experience as a Podiatrist and was one of the founding fathers of podiatric sports medicine in the UK. He has held several positions as a podiatrist within the NHS before moving into private practice. He was the Podiatrist to the Great Britain Team at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. Dr. Costain has co-authored the CD-ROM Sports Injuries of the Foot & Ankle, published by Primal Pictures. Dr. Costain has lectured at the London Hospital Medical Schools’ Diploma in Sports Medicine, Dance UK’s Healthier Dancer conferences, British Association of Sports Medicine Conferences for doctors and physiotherapists, and lectures nationally and internationally to podiatrists, osteopaths and other allied professions. He has been a consultant to the Royal Marines at (CTCRM) the Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, Devon. Dr. Costain was one of the originators of cad-cam technology in podiatry, having won a SMART award from the Department of Trade and Industry to develop cad-cam technology for orthotic manufacture.

Simon has been involved in sport at county and national level including athletics, cricket and rugby. He is an experienced sailor and yachtsman holding a commercially endorsed ocean yachtmaster qualification as a skipper and has sailed many thousands of miles, including three trans Atlantics in 1985,1999 and 2017. He has raced in the double handed AZAB (Azores and back) races in 2011 and 2011 and will do so again in 2019, this time on a Class 40 race boat. He won 1st place in the 69th JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race in the Laser SB3 class. Simon is a member of the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC), the Royal Cruising Club (RCC) and the Ocean cruising club (OCC), and a long term member of the RAF Yacht club in Hamble.
Simon maintains a keen interest in helping sportsmen and women recover from injury and to return to their sports and understands the physical stress that the body can suffer and in particular, ways of mitigating the enormous strain on the feet and legs.
As Simon Costain has said: "we encase our feet in leather coffins most of the day and totally restrict their movement unlike our hands which are constantly being exercised as we carry out our normal every day tasks. No wonder they feel mistreated – they are!’

Dr. Keerti Mathur (Kit) 
Kit has been associated with the Gait and Posture Centre since 2007 having studied Osteopathic Medicine at the British School of Osteopathy and Oxford Brookes University graduating with a BSc (Hons) in 2006. He has a keen interest in the treatment of arthritic problems with functional and conservative Osteopathic technique to promote better joint movement and reduce pain effectively. As director of studies for the department of Osteopathic Medicine at Sri Sri University, India, he has developed India's first degree in Osteopathy as well as introduced areas of bio-mechanical and functional medicine to pre and post-operative care in Orthopaedics and Rheumatology. Kit has also spoken on ergonomics and posture in commercial, medical and legal sectors. Outside of clinic he is a keen musician and sound engineer, recording a number of studio and stage performances as well as teaching meditation and breathing techniques. Kit supports Simon Costain in taking a wider view of postural problems that originate from foot and ankle concerns, which may affect pelvic and spinal posture.

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