What is the connection between Crunchy Bars and Talar Dome fractures? Keep reading to find out…

The #FireflySummit was designed to highlight some of the tools and hacks the UK and Ireland’s leading podiatrists use on a daily basis to efficiently treat their patient’s. Ruth Mackie’s rapid-fire presentation got right to heart of this, focusing on metaphors and analogies she has discovered that helps her communicate complex pathologies to the uninitiated patient.


Patients will place greater confidence in the podiatrist who can communicate pathologies and treatment plans in a clear manner. If you can find common ground when discussing pathologies and eaily communicate medical or anatomical terms, the patient is more likely to follow your prescription and treatment plan, positively promote you to their friends and family and return to your clinic.

View Ruth’s 10 minute presentation to discover the connection between:

  • rubber bands and Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction
  • how moored cruse ships help explain Achilles Tendonitis
  • and how a Crunchy Bar helps patients understand Talar Dome fractures.

About Ruth Mackie

Ruth Mackie graduated from Queens University, Belfast with a BMed Sci (Hons Podiatry) in 1999. After completing an international externship at the Temple School of Podiatric Medicine in the USA she has worked in both NHS and private podiatry clinics, specialising in podiatric biomechanics, gait analysis and orthotic prescription for the last 12 years.

Ruth completed her Masters degree in Podiatric Surgical Theory in 2008 with a research dissertation on the effect of silicone heel pads on non pathological gait. She was admitted to the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in 2015. Ruth is one of two podiatrists in the specialist Orthopaedic Lower Limb Triage team for the South and East Health and Social Care Trust, Northern Ireland.


When we designed the Firefly Summit 2017 we wanted to create a podiatric event like no other. We invited 11 female and 10 male speakers to Sligo. Selected for their expertise and hands-on experience, these top clinicians collaborated on topics to deliver world-class podiatric presentations communicating their ‘clinical gold’ to the Summit delegates.

It wasn’t all podiatric talk. To keep things interesting, all 200 delegates and speakers immersed themselves in the beauty of the wilds of Ireland’s north west coast, taking part in surfing, hiking, stand up paddle-boarding and seaweed baths – WOW!

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