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A Closer Look At Neoteric Biomechanics

By Dennis Shavelson, DPM | 12,309 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/2007

For years, it seems like the $5,000 bunion and pressures from HMOs diverted DPMs’ attention from biomechanics. The emphasis of our education and practices strayed from Root toward Ilizarov and coding. “Gold standard” orthotics cast from foam or “posted to cast” do not generate the pride and acceptance that a Root device once did for podiatry and our orthotic fees are less justified when compared to high-tech, over-the-counter footbeds and custom devices casted by other providers or over the Internet.

Emerging Concepts In Podiatric Biomechanics

By Kevin A. Kirby, DPM, MS | 79,455 reads | 0 comments | 12/03/2006

    The world of podiatric biomechanics is very different now than when Merton Root, DPM, created the first Department of Podiatric Biomechanics at the California College of Chiropody in San Francisco in 1966.1 During those exciting early years of development within the new subspecialty of “podiatric biomechanics,” Dr.

Negotiating The Biomechanics Of Equinus

Russell Volpe DPM | 7,787 reads | 0 comments | 05/27/2011

As someone who teaches and writes a great deal about biomechanics, orthopedic and pediatric podiatric medicine, I often discuss equinus influences as among the most destructive on the foot in gait. This critical sagittal plane pathology can occur at any age and comes in congenital and acquired forms. As bipedal locomotion is essentially a sagittal plane event as we move the body forward on a horizontal surface, limitations in sagittal plane motion can lead to destructive compensations that ultimately precipitate pathology.

Key Insights On The Evolution Of Orthoses And Biomechanics

Guest Clinical Editor: David Levine, DPM, CPed | 7,839 reads | 0 comments | 01/30/2009

   While more research continues to emerge on biomechanics, some physicians feel it is not emphasized enough in podiatry and that other specialists may be gaining more of a foothold in prescribing orthotic devices. Accordingly, expert panelists discuss these controversial issues and examine the potential impact for the profession.

   Q: With much emphasis in our podiatry journals on surgery, where and how do you see biomechanics in our profession evolving?

Emerging Trends In Research With Orthoses And Biomechanics

Guest Clinical Editor: Cherri Choate, DPM | 12,434 reads | 0 comments | 03/27/2009

   As podiatry continues to emphasize evidenced-based medicine more and more, some of the leaders in biomechanics research share their thoughts on current studies and speculate about how future research with orthoses may eventually alter the way podiatrists practice.

   Q: What orthotic-related research projects have your completed or are you currently in the midst of studying?

Will Physical Therapists Be Teaching Us Biomechanics In 2030?

Kevin A. Kirby, DPM | 6,928 reads | 3 comments | 03/28/2012

During my four years as a podiatry student at the California College of Podiatric Medicine from 1979 to 1983, among my very distinct memories were the frequent comparisons between podiatrists and orthopedic surgeons.

Key Considerations With Digital Amputations And Biomechanics

Desmond Bell DPM CWS FACCWS | 4,884 reads | 0 comments | 06/26/2012

“By God, sir. I will not abide another toe!” — The Big Lebowski to the Dude

If you are a fan of the Coen brothers’ cult comedy classic, The Big Lebowski, you already know that the loss of a toe is central to the plot of the story. If you haven't seen the film once, I will not play the spoiler. For the rest of us who have watched the movie at least five or 10 times, grab yourself a Sioux City Sarsaparilla and read on.

Why Mastering Biomechanics Is Crucial To The Profession

Kevin A. Kirby, DPM | 6,096 reads | 1 comments | 07/23/2010

The foot is our prime mechanical interface with the terrestrial environment we all live in.

How ‘Confusion’ Over Biomechanics Can Inspire The Profession

Kevin A. Kirby, DPM | 6,531 reads | 1 comments | 11/22/2010

Recently, while on a flight to attend a podiatric conference, I decided to pass the time by skimming through the pages of one of our popular podiatry magazines in the hopes that I may find some inspiration for a subject to discuss in this column. It did not take long to find something within the magazine that inspired me.

How The ACFAOM Lectures Cured A Phobia Of Biomechanics

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM | 4,599 reads | 4 comments | 09/15/2010

Do you have a biomechanics phobia? Many of us do and until recently I did not know there was a cure.

I attended an elegant little meeting last month in Florida that surprised me. I intended to take home ready-to-use ideas about wound care especially and I did. Surprisingly though, I ended up attending most of the biomechanics sessions and bragging to friends about everything that I had learned. You see, I am no biomechanical guru. In fact, it is quite the opposite. The subject usually gives me psychological hives although I have long advocated the importance of biomechanics.