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New 3D SIM for podiatrists

Discussion in 'Biomechanics, Sports and Foot orthoses' started by Paul B, Oct 2, 2010.

  1. Paul B

    Paul B Active Member

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    To all you podiatry arena devotes.

    As you all know, Craig Payne has been a huge influence on the podiatry profession in Australia and abroad. He’s one guy who has single handily pushed the podiatry profession forward over the past 15 years. I met Craig during the inaugural Melbourne F1 grands prix some 15 years ago. He was busy building podiatry arena at the time. We both swapped stories and it was clear Craig was on a mission..... to disseminate his understanding of podiatric biomechanics to anyone who would listen. What really impressed me was Craig’s ability to “out run” the university system in this quest. Now that’s a first; but probably not so in any other bigger industry!

    Anyway they say “impersonation is the greatest form of flattery”, and with this in mind, I’d like to let podiatry arena readers know that Queensland University of Technology has been inspired by Craig’s work. A team of researchers at the uni has developed a new website that contains educational resources which include a summary of Cochran collaboration research regarding foot orthoses, succinct power point notes on kinetic theory, and an interactive 3D SIM of nine key clinical tests which apply the theory of lower extremity kinetics to functional foot orthotic prescription. Several case scenarios are then presented to give you the opportunity (using the 3D SIM) to challenge your understanding of contemporary kinetic theory. The website is currently in its final stages of beta testing.

    As we are equally committed to Craig’s ethos of providing contemporary information to the podiatry public..............keep your eye peeled for more information.

    Regards PaulB :cool:
  2. Paul:

    It sounds like you are developing a new website that will compliment Podiatry Arena which has much more to offer than simply providing a "new three dimensional simulation for podiatrists". Because of this, I would suggest that you change the title of your posting here on Podiatry Arena that may better reflect what you are trying to accomplish with your new website. In that fashion, you will not only attract more attention of those health professionals that are looking for another podiatric website and you won't be disappointing those of us who are interested in forward dynamics modelling techniques and other three dimensional computer modelling techniques for the foot and lower extremity.
  3. Paul B

    Paul B Active Member


    Thanks for the reply.

    The aim of the website will be to up-date practitioner’s knowledge and practical skills in assessing foot and lower limb function, and then apply this skill in a very practical way to prescribing foot orthotics based on the application of kinetic theory. In this regard it is highly complementary to the objectives of podiatry arena. It’s interactive, and designed to make learning an active rather than passive process (or so that what the programmers and those with a true understanding of pedagogy tell me). The application of this knowledge is for the specific management of common pedal and lower extremity conditions encountered in everyday clinical practice. The learning outcomes we are trying to achieve include;

    • Confidence and competency in performing a specific range of important kinetic tests of the lower extremity.
    • Confidence and competency in interpreting the results of those kinetic tests.
    • An ability to apply knowledge of the link between accurate kinetic testing and the correct prescription of kinetic foot orthotics.
    • A thorough understanding of the differences between kinetic orthotic designs and when certain design parameters are chosen for a specific patient.
    • An ability to objectively obtain, interpretation and analyse patient feedback related to orthotic treatment.
    • Competence in assessing and managing the adverse outcomes of incorrect orthotic prescription, including understanding their contra-indications, adverse reactions and interactions.

    Stop and think about it, if you could take the essence of many of the concepts discussed here on this site, interpret them, condense them and finally translate that knowledge into meaningful practice via 21st century technology, then you might get a feel for what we are trying to do.

    I’d like to up load a few screen shots that might help readers appreciate what we are attempting to do, but haven’t mastered that skill.....yet.

  4. Paul:

    Sounds ambitious. Just hope it will be a non-commercial academic website, like Podiatry Arena, or otherwise, many of us will have little interest in it.
  5. A link might help; call me lazy.

    How much will it cost? Call me cynical.
  6. Paul B

    Paul B Active Member

    Thanks Kevin & Simon for your interest,

    The university in Australia where I work has been involved in a number of funded research projects over the years which have used computer SIMing (of one form or another). We do this for the education of students, registered (podiatry) practitioners and the public, so we have a fairly good understanding of the different needs of different groups. Areas we have worked on in the past include Local Anaesthetic simulations, interactive footcare and physical activity behaviour modification programmes for people with diabetes mellitus (using AI) and this latest project which SIM's biomechanical testing as described previously. This latest project has been a 12 month stint, alot of that full time by a team of programmers and academics, but also clinicians, researchers and testers in varying capacities.

    There is vast amounts of information out there to digest and as you quite rightly point out Kevin, we don't want to be overly ambitious at the expense of "missing the point".

    When the project is complete, which should be very soon (hopefully by the end of the month) more details will be posted.

    Does anyone know how to load "images" easily onto Pod Arena? A few images might help explain it.

    Regards PB
  7. Boots n all

    Boots n all Well-Known Member

    l am with Simon, why not show us a link to what you have done so far?
    It will be easier for you than loading up images
  8. Paul at this Min. I would love to see the MTJ models that your using.

    To load on pictures ´Click on Go advanced´

    scroll down to manage attachments ´click on that´

    and then follow the instructions - i beleive the pictures need to be load from your computer or a seperate hard disc.

    Hope that helps and makes sense
  9. Paul B

    Paul B Active Member


    Thanks for this advice. Much appreciated. I'll see how this goes. These screen shots give some idea of our progress to date.

    Paul B

    Attached Files:

  10. Paul B

    Paul B Active Member

    Bingo....Preliminary B testing data in. +ve step forward (as best we can determine from 2010 bright minds).

    More to come.


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