What is the tibialis posterior muscle?

The tibialis posterior muscle is one of the more important muscles in the leg and the feet. The tibialis posterior muscle is linked to the rear of the tibia or leg bone and runs along the inside of the ankle and its tendon attaches to the arch in the foot. Merely from understanding its attachments it can be clear that its primary function is encouraging the arch of the feet. Having said that, that isn't it's main purpose and its biomechanics is quite complicated. A failure of the tendon and muscle unit generates a substantial progressive flat foot. A current episode of the podiatry associated livestream, PodChatLive devoted a whole episode to the tibialis posterior muscle. The expert questioned by the hosts was Dr Jayishni Maharaj PhD.

In that edition of PodChatLive they performed some revision of the structural composition of the Tibialis Posterior muscle and tendon unit as well as what it may well perform. The hosts interviewed Jayishni Maharaj what precisely she examined for her PhD with regard to its function, role in energy absorption along with its impact on subtalar joint movement. They talked over the correlation with foot alignment and foot movability, and also some of the management strategies that are often applied including footwear advice, foot inserts and also conditioning exercises. The hosts and guest also spoke of one that a lot of clinicians may not be mindful of including widening the step width. Dr Jayishni Maharaj PhD is a research fellow from the School of Human Movements and Nutrition Sciences as well as the Centre of Children’s Research at the University of Queensland in Australia. Jayishni’s scientific studies are at the junction of function, rehabilitative along with computer sciences and it is concentrating on going through the relationship involving foot shape, function and injury in the feet. In Jayishni's present position she is concentrating on establishing biplanar X-ray radiography, modelling and simulation ways to examine bone and joint foot models. She was in clinical practice being a podiatric physician 1 day a week.

How best to understand the biomechanics of the foot?

The weekly stream, PodChatLive which is a live show for Podiatrists to acquire some free ongoing continuing education has had on a lot of distinguished and famous guests in the podiatry profession that generously and readily offer there time to answer questions and speak about their area of expertise. The videos of the live stream are saved to YouTube and the website and the audio recording is on most podcast websites. An earlier guest in the series was Dr. Kevin Kirby, DPM where he discussed his seminal and well-known publication on rotational equilibrium, his views on the tissue stress model and also his viewpoint on whether or not any current understanding of Root Theory is necessary to evaluate and successfully deal with our clients. The questions produced some intriguing dialogue during the episode.

Kevin Kirby graduated in 1983 from the California College of Podiatric Medicine after which finished his required surgical residency in Palo Alto, California at the VA Hospital. Then he put in his second post-graduate year carrying out the Fellowship in Podiatric Biomechanics at CCPM where he also obtained his masters degree.

Dr. Kirby has released or co-authored over 28 publications in professional publications, has written or co-authored five chapters in books, and he has published five books on foot and lower extremity biomechanics and foot orthotic treatment, all of these have now been converted into Spanish language editions. Kevin established 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 furthermore developed and formulated the Subtalar Joint Axis Location and Rotational Equilibrium Theory of Foot Function and has now co-developed the Subtalar Joint Equilibrium and Tissue Stress Approach to Biomechanical Therapy of the Foot and Lower Extremity. Dr Kirby has lectured publicly internationally on many occasions and has on top of that lectured extensively all over the USA.