In this episode we were joined by Richard Blake from his home in San Francisco for a trip down memory lane back to 1981 and the genesis of his inverted orthotic technique. He talks us through the responses he got from Drs Root & Weed when he began inverting devices by 25 degrees or more, the response he got from JAPMA when he submitted his first paper on it, and how by 1983 Dr Root was one of his biggest supporters. Rich stated the most he has ever inverted a device was 70 (seventy) degrees, and also how one of his fresh faced young students by the name of Kevin Kirby was part of the group that helped him at the time.
In this episode were joined by Kevin Kirby, Sean MeBride and Simon Spooner to discuss the lifetime of the supination resistance test, from the genesis of the manual supination resistance test (and how to perform it), through the all published research on the test and the various supination devices that have been designed to quantify it. We also talk about the imperfections and limitations of the supination resistance test, and what research is still needed regarding it.
In this episode, Dr Kevin Kirby, DPM talks about his seminal paper on rotational equilibrium, tissue stress theory, Morgan’s meat pie theory and also his opinion on whether any knowledge of Root Theory is needed to assess and successfully treat our patients.
About Kevin Kirby DPM:
Dr. Kevin A. Kirby, DPM graduated from the California College of Podiatric Medicine in 1983 and completed his first year surgical residency at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Palo Alto, California. He spent his second post-graduate year doing the Fellowship in Podiatric Biomechanics at CCPM where he also earned his MS degree.
Dr. Kirby has authored or co-authored 28 articles in peer-reviewed journals, has authored or co-authored five book chapters, and has authored four books on foot and lower extremity biomechanics and orthosis therapy, all of which have been translated into Spanish language editions. He has invented the Subtalar Joint Axis Palpation Technique, the Anterior Axial Radiographic Projection, the Supination Resistance Test, the Maximum Pronation Test and the Medial Heel Skive and Lateral Heel Skive Techniques. He has also created and developed the Subtalar Joint Axis Location and Rotational Equilibrium Theory of Foot Function and has co-developed the Subtalar Joint Equilibrium and Tissue Stress Approach to Biomechanical Therapy of the Foot and Lower Extremity. He has lectured internationally on 43 occasions and has also lectured extensively throughout the United States.
Dr. Kirby is a member of the editorial advisory board for the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association and is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Biomechanics at the California School of Podiatric Medicine. Dr Kevin A Kirby, DPM has had a full time podiatric biomechanics and surgical practice in Sacramento, California for over 32 years.
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