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Dr. Kevin Kirby

Dr. Kevin Kirby grew up in Sacramento, went to C.K. McClatchy High School, did his undergraduate degree at UC Davis, and went to podiatric medical school at the California College of Podiatric Medicine (CCPM) in San Francisco. He did his podiatric surgical residency at the Palo Alto Veteran's Hospital and then completed a year of Biomechanics Fellowship training at CCPM where he also received his MS degree. Dr. Kirby has been in podiatry practice in Sacramento since 1985.

In addition to over 32 years of podiatric practice in Sacramento, Dr. Kirby has distinguished himself as one of the leading podiatric authorities in the world in foot and lower extremity biomechanics, foot orthotic therapy and the sports podiatry.

The Biomechanics of Plantar Heel Pain

Plantar heel pain is one of the most frequent foot and lower extremity complaints.  The plantar heel is subjected to large magnitudes of both repetitive compression forces from the ground and to repetitive tension forces from the plantar fascia and plantar intrinsic muscles.  The biomechanical of plantar heel pain and the most effective conservative treatments for this common foot and lower extremity malady will be reviewed in this lecture.

Root Biomechanics is No Longer Alive: How Should Podiatry Move Forward?

Nearly a half century ago, Dr. Merton Root and his colleagues published a measurement protocol using the subtalar joint neutral position which stated that any foot which was not “normal”, would then be determined to have a “deformity”.  Tissue Stress Theory will be introduced as a alternative system to the theories of Root and colleagues, theories which have no support within the research literature as being able to predict foot and lower extremity pathologies.

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