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Readers Share Their Views On Biomechanics Editorial

hmpadmin | 4,312 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/2004

I thoroughly enjoy reading Podiatry Today each month. It is an excellent learning tool for a student. However, upon reading the recent Editor’s Perspective column (see “Are Biomechanics Emphasized Enough In Podiatric Education?” page 18, August issue), I found your survey of the schools to be somewhat misleading. Having just begun my third year at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, I have already completed two semesters of biomechanics.

Emerging Trends In Research With Orthoses And Biomechanics

Guest Clinical Editor: Cherri Choate, DPM | 12,559 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?

Why Mastering Biomechanics Is Crucial To The Profession

Kevin A. Kirby, DPM | 6,152 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 | 6,570 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 | 4,641 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.

Can Orthotics Address The Faulty Biomechanics Of Metatarsalgia?

Guest Clinical Editor: Bruce Williams, DPM | 40,049 reads | 1 comments | 06/03/2005

   Metatarsalgia is one of the more commonly seen complaints in any podiatry practice. Common treatments for the disorder include ice, removable metatarsal pads, antiinflammatories, injected steroids and physical therapy. While such treatments often completely resolve an acute bout of metatarsalgia, they often do nothing to remedy the true underlying biomechanical causes of the problem.    To correct the faulty foot biomechanics, DPMs rely on custom foot orthotics.

Are Biomechanics Emphasized Enough In Podiatric Education?

By Jeff Hall, Editor-in-Chief | 2,935 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/2004

There is a prevailing notion that most podiatric students want to become accomplished podiatric surgeons as opposed to “experts in biomechanics of the foot.” However, educators and authors strongly emphasize the biomechanical knowledge of form and function as essential to being a successful podiatrist. “Biomechanical training sets podiatrists apart from other disciplines that treat the feet,” notes one established biomechanics author. It is also the critical foundation for those who wish to become podiatric surgeons.

Will Physical Therapists Be Teaching Us Biomechanics In 2030?

Kevin A. Kirby, DPM | 7,055 reads | 4 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.

Where Can The Foot And Ankle Surgeon Go For Continuing Education On Biomechanics?

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS | 4,204 reads | 0 comments | 02/08/2010

The last time I checked, there were no lectures devoted to biomechanics at the upcoming American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) Scientific Conference in Las Vegas (Feb. 22 to 26).

I continue to be amazed that our profession would stage a conference that advertises “cutting edge clinical and practice management topics,” and ignores the vital role that biomechanics plays in foot and ankle surgery. Our counterparts at the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) devote almost one-third of the lectures at its annual meeting to biomechanics topics.

Understanding The Potential Impact Of Diabetes On Bone Biology And Biomechanics

By Glenn Weinraub, DPM | 18,165 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/2006

It is well established that poorly controlled diabetes mellitus leads to vasculopathy, immunopathy and neuropathy, all of which may contribute to osteopathy. However, in order to understand the nuances of bone healing in the diabetic population, one must first have a strong grasp of the fundamentals of bone biology and biomechanics (see “A Helpful Primer On Bone Structure” below). Bone is a dynamic medium with a multifactorial purpose including support of soft tissues, protection of soft tissues, locomotion and being a mineral reservoir.