Pocket Podiatry: Functional Anatomy

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Pocket Podiatry: Functional Anatomy gives you all the essentials of examination and diagnosis in a convenient, user-friendly format. With the emphasis on practical, step-by-step guidance, this handy volume is specially designed to include helpful diagrams, tables, tips and summary boxes to give you quick access to key information with the minimum of fuss.

With its clarity and portability, students will find the Pocket Podiatry series an invaluable companion to their studies, while practitioners will appreciate its clinical orientation and concision.


• Relevant – focuses on key information
• Convenient – handy sized volumes can easily be carried in coat pocket
• Practical – a minimum of theory and a maximum of clinical emphasis
• Accessible – user-friendly format with summaries and helpful tips
• Specialist – written by podiatrists for podiatrists
• Clear – full colour design throughout

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Martin C. Yorath, DPM (Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science)
Description: This is the first volume in a series of proposed titles in the Pocket Podiatry series. Its seven chapters attempt to tie anatomy and mechanics together into one succinct volume. A particularly helpful feature is the collection of review questions at the end of each chapter designed to stimulate thought and help readers process the information.
Purpose: The book is designed to develop readers' grasp of functional anatomy, with specific reference to the foot. While there are more detailed books for both anatomy and mechanics, this is an admirable attempt to cover a complex subject in simple, easy to follow format. There is nothing similar to this book currently on the market.
Audience: Although intended primarily as a course text for podiatric students in the U.K., the book may well have wider appeal, particularly to physical therapists, and possibly to U.S. students of podiatric medicine. The author is no stranger to podiatry and has been involved in teaching mechanics to podiatry students in the U.K. for many years.
Features: The book covers the basic composition of the skeleton and supporting tissues and provides an overview of mechanics. The chapter on the neuromuscular system is particularly well done and is an area that is often not given its due when considering functional anatomy. The first page of each chapter has the chapter contents highlighted in a box, helpful for readers when trying to narrow the subject down. The glossary at the end is well thought out and comprehensive.
Assessment: This a fine little book. It is not meant to be a substitute for more sophisticated anatomic and mechanics books, and these certainly will still be needed during students' course of study. However, there are no books that are able to blend the two subjects areas together and present the material concisely for podiatry students. This book is eminently worthy of students' time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780702030321
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 5/12/2009
  • Series: Pocket Podiatry Series
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Previous books and chapters written by the author:
WATKINS, J. Structure and Function of the Musculoskeletal SystemChampaign, Ill: Human Kinetics, 1999, 376 pp. ISBN 0-88011-686-2
WATKINS, J. Estrutura e Funcao do Sistema MusculoesqueleticoSao Paulo: Artmed Editora , 2001, 383 pp. ISBN 0-88011-686-2
Portuguese edition of Structure and Function of the Musculoskeletal System
WATKINS, J. An Introduction to Mechanics of Human Movement Lancaster: MTP Press, 1983, 146 pp. ISBN 0-85200-492-3
WATKINS, J., REILLY, T. & BURWITZ, L. (Eds.) Sports Science London: E. & F.N.Spon, 1986, 412 pp. ISBN 0-419-13930-3
REILLY, T., WATKINS, J. & BORMS, J. (Eds.) Kinanthropometry III London: E. & F.N.Spon, 1986, 312 pp. ISBN 0-419-13970-2
Book chapters:
WATKINS, J. In Press. Basic biomechanics of gait. In D.L. Lorimer, G. J. French, M. O' Donnell and J. G. Burrow (Eds), Neale's Disorders of the Foot: Diagnosis and Management. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone. 7th edition.
WATKINS, J. In Press Structure and function of the foot. In D.L. Lorimer, G. J. French, M. O' Donnell and J. G. Burrow (Eds), Neale's Disorders of the Foot: Diagnosis and Management. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone. 7th edition.
WATKINS, J. Structure and function of the foot. In D.L. Lorimer, G. J. French, M. O' Donnell and J. G. Burrow (Eds), Neale's Disorders of the Foot: Diagnosis and Management, 6th edition. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2001, p1-22. ISBN 0443-0644-15
WATKINS, J. Biomechanics of movement. In N. Armstrong and W. Van Mechelen (Eds), Textbook of Paediatric Exercise Science and Medicine. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000, p107-122. ISBN 0-19-262977-8
WATKINS, J. Injuries in volleyball. In P. Renström (Ed). Clinical Practice of Sports Injury: Prevention and CareOxford: Blackwell Scientific Publishers, 1994, p360-374.
WATKINS, J. An overview of sports-related lower-limb epiphyseal injuries. In G. Gleeson (Ed). The Growing Child in Competitive Sport. Sevenoaks: Ho

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Elementary biomechanics

Chapter 2 - Tissues, organs and systems

Chapter 3 - The skeleton

Chapter 4 - Connecitve tissues

Chapter 5 - The articular system

Chapter 6 - The neuromuscular system

Chapter 7 - Structure and function of the foot



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