Meet Christophe Champs, CEO of Podo Clinic. Hello everyone, I hope you are well. In today’s post, I would like you to meet Christophe Champs, CEO of Podo Clinic. Christophe Champs is an expert in Biomechanics and the founder of PODO Clinic and Workshop. Christophe works with clients to help correct postural and biomechanical issues that are causing pain or putting a client at risk of injury. By testing both the moving gait and the still posture, Christophe can correct misalignment and asymmetry by creating custom-made orthotics to suit the exact needs of each client.
Meet Christophe Champs CEO of Podo Clinic
Hello Christophe, Nice To Meet You! What Inspired You To Become A Biomechanics Expert?
A terrible ankle injury initially halted my dreams of playing rugby competitively when I was 13 years old.
From a wrong diagnosis to bad management, I tried every product to sort out the ankle pain. I was unable to run fast without being in pain. It took me a year to find out about the solution! The year after, the Racing Club de France called me… reawakening my dream… and my life purpose was born at the age of 15.
What Do You Enjoy Most About Your Work?
People: Patients’ stories are my success stories. The opportunity to spend 90 minutes with a new individual on a unique journey, looking at and listening to their body to make it work better; the communication and the education… Also, every patient, every day, teaches me so much that I miss my job after four days off when on holiday!
Can You Tell Us More About Orthotics?
Orthotics address any body pain that increases with your level of activity. Thanks to their extra support, they help the body cope with difficult times: race training, pregnancy, recovery, long-standing position, etc.
Orthotics work for and from your feet, for your ankle, knee, hip, and back health.
A set of orthotics always comes as a pair, and both inserts are fitted onto your feet following a personal assessment.
Orthotics are made for your feet and transferable from shoe to shoe, except with some fashionable or technical footwear, where extra fitting work can be needed.
It is good to have your orthotics checked every 18/24 months. The more you wear them, the more your orthotics wear out.
What Makes Podo London Stand Apart From Other Clinics?
The three things PODO stands for are EDUCATION, PRECISION AND TEAMWORK.
- EDUCATION: It is essential to show patients the big picture. To listen to their problems and concerns and dispel myths about their health and biomechanics. I believe that once understood, any problem is half sorted. And if communication with your medical practitioner is accessible, no concern can grow.
- PRECISION: The human body is anything but symmetrical. Both sides of your body can ask for two different treatment plans, requiring precision.
- TEAMWORK: London is a fantastic stage where we can work alongside great talents on our treatment plans. Biomechanics experts work on the axis (the skeleton), and the muscles adapt to those changes. Any additional work with Physiotherapists and PTs is an excellent help in our treatment plans. In this country, many surgeons are also excellent at communicating, which I want to cultivate at PODO.
What Are Your Clients’ Most Common Complaints?
Lockdown periods and the increase in people working from home have drastically changed the proportion of complaints at PODO.
Because my referrals are various (Surgeons, rheumatologists, GP, physiotherapists, Osteopaths, Chiropractors, PTs, Athletes…), every patient is different. I don’t want PODO to specialise. This 2-in-1 place is like a garage for the human body, and the bio-mechanics are the same for everyone, like the mechanics of a sports or family car is the same. It’s about journeys, giving back to people at any age what they took for granted: WALKING, which is their independence and freedom.
As A Consumer, When Should I Call You?
This pain is mechanical whenever you experience pain that increases with your level of activity. The solution is likely biomechanical (orthotics and manual therapies), and if you want to address it with a conservative solution, try to avoid needles and scalpels.
Or, whenever you want to improve your body, reduce early muscle fatigue or burning sensation or win a race…
You need a goal for us to score.
What Are Your Biggest Challenges?
Patients who lost their patience in their previous treatment plan. I will never say it enough: patience is one thing; patience is everything. Communication helps suppress concerns when they arise, and any little concern in patients can affect their trust in us and their faith in the treatment plan.
Are You Planning To Grow Or Expand Your Clinic At All?
Yes, a cycling location, probably in Cambridge and a second clinic either in London or the south of England. Right now, it’s all about getting the right people who will fulfil their purpose and spread their messages alongside PODO’s ones.
What Else Does The Future Hold For You?
I have two years to finish and publish a ten-year project! It is a book like no other… but I cannot tell you any more at this stage – watch this space!
I want to say a Big Thank You to Christophe Champs and wish him all the best.
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About The Author
Christophe Champs is an expert in Biomechanics and the founder of PODO Clinic and Workshop. Christophe works with clients to help correct postural and biomechanical issues that are causing pain or putting a client at risk of injury. By testing both the moving gait and the still posture, Christophe can correct misalignment and asymmetry by creating custom-made orthotics to suit the exact needs of each client.