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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Meenakshi Garg, MD, MPH (Indiana University School of Medicine)
Description: An update from the 1995 edition, this is a comprehensive review of foot and ankle pathology commonly encountered in athletics. The authors detail pathophysiology of various conditions and review their evaluation and treatment options.
Purpose: The book is intended to update the widely acclaimed first edition with the most current evidence-based medical knowledge. Additionally, the authors expand the review of certain topics, including rehabilitation protocols for ankle and foot injuries, and incorporate advances in the field that have been recognized internationally. All of these are worthwhile objectives, and the results of their efforts have led to another successful edition of Baxter's.
Audience: Physicians practicing sports medicine are the primary audience. Although the book is a great resource for any physician providing musculoskeletal care, it could also be a useful addition to the library of rehabilitation specialists (athletic training/physical therapy), as well as students or residents in sports medicine. Both authors are exceptionally capable and relied upon as foot and ankle experts in their field.
Features: A wide variety of foot and ankle conditions are reviewed. Chapters focus on individual sport syndromes and anatomic disorders such as stress fractures, specific tendon dysfunctions, and great-toe pathology. Both conservative and surgical treatment plans are reviewed. Specific chapters are dedicated to unique topics such as international perspectives on foot/ankle care, as well as injuries more common in dancers, children, and female athletes. The topics of athletic footwear, orthotics, and rehabilitation protocols are particularly well covered. Each chapter begins with an outline, offers numerous illustrations, and highlights clinical pearls useful for readers. Though color would have been useful for certain illustrations, most figures are of excellent quality and supplement the topic appropriately.
Assessment: This is an excellent resource for physicians offering foot and ankle musculoskeletal care. The focus on new treatments and advances in rehabilitation highlighted in this second edition distinguish it from the first edition. The unique inclusion of international perspectives is also much appreciated.