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300 Precision Intricast Newsletters

Discussion in 'Biomechanics, Sports and Foot orthoses' started by Kevin Kirby, Jul 15, 2012.

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    I was sitting here in front of my computer writing the Precision Intricast newsletter for August 2012 on this fine Sunday summer morning here in Northern California when I took a few minutes to count how many Precision Intricast newsletters I have done over the past 26 years (my first newsletter was October 1986). I discovered that I have now written 300 Precision Intricast newsletters over the past 310 months. For those that are interested, my fourth Precision Intricast newsletter book is planned to be published in the first few months of 2014.

    What I find most fascinating about this journey, is that I now have more ideas for newsletter subjects than I have ever had. This is why I love studying foot and lower extremity biomechanics....the subject never ceases to stimulate my desire to learn more about it's complexities.:drinks
  2. Heather J Bassett

    Heather J Bassett Well-Known Member

    I look forward to adding the new one to my collection. Thanks for your ongoing expertise that you conntinue to share so geerously. Shame those fly buys are not going to get you to the next boot camp.

  3. Do you have a favourite Kevin? And if its different, which one did you most enjoy writing?
  4. It has been quite some time ago I wrote my first newsletters (over 25 years ago) and after 300 of them, I will have to admit that they do tend to blend in with each other to some extent.

    In my first book, the newsletter titled "Biomechanical Functions of the Intact Plantar Fascia" in June 1995 was a favorite, where with basic mechanical modelling and a review of previous research, I came up with seven separate and distinct functions of the plantar fascia (Kirby KA: Foot and Lower Extremity Biomechanics: A Ten Year Collection of Precision Intricast Newsletters. Precision Intricast, Inc., Payson, Arizona, 1997, pp. 45-46). I have now expanded that list of seven to include 10 functions of the plantar fascia that I have lectured on at many national and international seminars.

    In my second book, I wrote three newsletters in July, August and September 2002, on "Modeling the Body to Explain Functional Hallux Limitus" which I enjoyed working on, making 6 illustrations in those three newsletter to attempt to graphically depict and describe the external and internal forces which lead to functional hallux limitus (Kirby KA: Foot and Lower Extremity Biomechanics II: Precision Intricast Newsletters, 1997-2002. Precision Intricast, Inc., Payson, AZ, 2002, pp. 141-152). I have used these newsletters to discuss the etiology of functional hallux limitus and how this condition is mechanically caused by a lower medial longitudinal arch height in numerous lectures.

    In my third book, my two newsletters on "Gastrocnemius-Soleus Complex and Subtalar Moments - Volumes I & II" that I wrote in November and December 2008 are also a few of my favorites. These two newsletters describe the mechanical interrelationship between Achilles tendon tensile force, subtalar joint axis spatial location and the center of pressure and how the Achilles tendon and and center of pressure must counterbalance each other at both the ankle and subtalar joints to produce foot stability in late midstance and early propulsion (Kirby KA: Foot and Lower Extremity Biomechanics III: Precision Intricast Newsletters, 2002-2008. Precision Intricast, Inc., Payson, AZ, 2009, pp. 89-92). These concepts are critical to understanding how subtalar joint axis location explains the varying mechanical effect of gastrocnemius and/or soleus equinus on the human foot.

    And, finally, in my upcoming fourth book, the newsletter I wrote in October 2009, "Direct Mechanical and Neuromotor Effects of Foot Orthoses", is one of my favorites since it delineates how foot orthoses may have both direct mechanical effects and neuromotor effects on the joints of the foot and lower exttremity. In other words, the orthosis may push the foot joints into a new set of joint positions and the orthosis may also change the plantar locations, magnitudes and temporal patterns of ground reaction force which will cause the central nervous system to respond with a change in efferent motor stimuli to the foot and lower extremity muscles, which may, in turn, also change foot and lower extremity joint position and joint motion. Such detailed knowledge is critical to understanding how foot orthoses work.

    I sincerely appreciate the "thanks" that I have received on this thread. These newsletters were written for all of you and your "thanks" mean a great deal to me.:drinks
  5. CEM

    CEM Active Member

    i am sure i am not alone on this board as someone who has all three books and had read pretty much every entry in each of them. a fantastic resource and an interesting read (something which cannot be said about all biomechanics texts)

    looking forward to the 4th book even though it is some 18months off
  6. Thanks for that. Glad you enjoyed the books.

    We are now currently having the first three books printed into Spanish language editions. These three books have been completely translated into Spanish by a wonderful group of podiatrists from Barcelona.

    Pretty cool.:drinks
  7. Fran Monzó

    Fran Monzó Active Member

    Dr. Kirby wonderful, thank you very much for the great contribution of knowledge and lessons to our profession, his works are my main source of inspiration when I see my patients every day and ask me how I can help.
    I think you and your work, as a phenomenon of human nature, difficult to repeat, it's amazing how it has revolutionized the mind and reasoning ability of those who read their work.
    Again, thank you very much. ;)
  8. lorenzo

    lorenzo Member

    Dear Kirby,
    My name's Donati Lorenzo, I'm a podologo from Milan.
    Is the first time for me to writing in this forum.
    I'm very fond of foot's biomechanics and I read all of your books.
    I'd like to tank you for your contribution to our profession.
    I'm waiting for your next precious book.

    Thank you!
  9. Fran:

    Thanks for the kind comments. Glad that the books have helped you and your patients.:drinks
  10. Donati:

    :welcome:Welcome to Podiatry Arena!

    Thanks for the kind comments. I lectured in Rome a few years ago and greatly enjoyed my visit to your beautiful country. I am hoping that someday the books may be translated into Italian also.:drinks
  11. RobinP

    RobinP Well-Known Member

    I am also a big fan of your books and just wondered if you would be publishing in Glaswegian any time soon? ;)

    I suspect there will only be a select few who are likely to understand any of this!
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 22, 2016
  12. I've been doing a black country version for many years now.
  13. CEM

    CEM Active Member

    in my best weegie tone...........

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