Key Insights On The Evolution Of Orthoses And Biomechanics

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Guest Clinical Editor: David Levine, DPM, CPed

   The interest in shoes and inserts should have a positive influence on the podiatry profession, according to Dr. Levine. He feels the demand for podiatric services will increase as the public becomes more aware of foot pain and potential solutions. Dr. Levine cautions that one should not adopt a “shortsighted” attitude that other providers are taking the work of podiatrists.

    “We are the leaders in the care of the foot in every aspect whether it is surgical or conservative care,” says Dr. Levine. “Even with other players, we still have more knowledge and expertise in the foot, ankle and lower extremity biomechanical issues and will be the directors of foot care for the future.”

Dr. Levine is in private practice and is also the director and owner of Physician’s Footwear, an accredited pedorthic facility, in Frederick, Md.
Dr. Richie is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Biomechanics at the California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt College. He is a Past President of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine.
Dr. Spencer is an Associate Professor of Orthopedics/Biomechanics at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine.
For further reading, see “Emerging Concepts In Podiatric Biomechanics” in the December 2006 issue or “Redefining Biomechanics Of The Foot And Ankle” in the October 2005 issue.

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