How ‘Confusion’ Over Biomechanics Can Inspire The Profession

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Kevin A. Kirby, DPM

   Now more than ever, after a quarter century of teaching and lecturing on foot and lower extremity biomechanics and foot orthosis therapy, it is very clear to me that biomechanics should neither be confusing nor considered an optional educational concept for the podiatrist. We must continue to consider biomechanics a mainstream concept that podiatrists utilize in every patient they treat both conservatively and surgically.

   Inspiration for me, in this instance, came out of my concern for my colleagues who may be confused about the relative importance of biomechanics in their own practices and may question the importance in keeping podiatric biomechanics a high priority within our podiatry schools, podiatric residencies and podiatric seminars.

   Inspiration can come from many places. It is what we do with this inspiration that will make the biggest impact for the health of our profession.

   Dr. Kirby is an Adjunct Associate Professor within the Department of Applied Biomechanics at the California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, Calif. He is in private practice in Sacramento, Calif.

   Dr. McCord recently retired from practice at the Centralia Medical Center in Centralia, Wash.

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Anonymoussays: December 3, 2010 at 3:08 pm

As always, a superb perspective and concise yet important point. I am glad that you are there to speak out for podiatry.

Steven Dowdeswell

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