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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Dana J Lawrence, DC, MMedEd, MA (Palmer College of Chiropractic)
Description: This book describes the structural and functional anatomy of the foot, provides detailed information regarding the normal gait cycle as well as abnormalities of gait, and provides expanded discussions on proper casting methods for constructing foot orthoses. Because clinical rationales are amply explained, this book would be of value to the clinician.
Purpose: The stated purpose is to clarify the role of the orthosis by relating the science of pedal biomechanics to the objectives involved in orthosis design. The author reviews foot anatomy and motions, normal and faulty foot function, biomechanical examination, selection of appropriate foot gear, and orthosis design and construction.
Audience: The primary audience is practicing field chiropractors as well as foot specialists such as podiatrists and physiatrists. The secondary audience includes chiropractic students, orthopedists interested in conservative care, and orthotists. It is most appropriate for those in practice seeing patients with extremity orthopedic problems on a regular basis.
Features: The book contains a large number of high quality black-and-white line drawings, which serve to illustrate many of the concepts. There are sufficient references, many of which are quite up-to-date, and all are pertinent. The index is very comprehensive, and the table of contents breaks chapters down by subject matter.
Assessment: This is a well-designed, well-conceived book that will have good use in clinical practice. It discusses a topic that remains controversial and does so without taking sides on the issues. Its organization is proper, with subject matter building upon past information and flowing from basic and biomechanical considerations into clinical management strategies. This book is highly recommended.