Secrets to Keep Moving: A Guide from a Podiatrist

Secrets to Keep Moving: A Guide from a Podiatrist

by Richard Blake


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Dr Richard Blake is a podiatrist in San Francisco, California. He has been practicing podiatry for 35 years with a focus on injury rehabilitation. That focus has lead to many of the book's non surgical approaches to over 50 injuries or conditions presented in the pages. Dr Blake is a teacher by heart with a blog drblakeshealingsole and You Tube channel by the same name. This book originated from the pages of the blog and starts with general principles. These general principles work to help the reader know about injury rehabilitation from getting second opinions, to understanding the pain scale, to giving a good history, to good versus bad pain, to walk run programs, to fracture healing concepts, to phases of rehabilitation, to name a few. Then Dr Blake devotes 7 of the 15 chapters to specific conditions from the big toe area, mid foot, heel, ankle, achilles, and lower leg. These specific injuries include bunions, sesamoid injuries, metatarsal fractures, morton's neuroma, arch pain, posterior tibial injuries, plantar fasciitis, plantar fascial tears, ankle sprains, achilles tendinitis, shin splints, and calf strains. Dr Blake hopes this knowledge will help many heal quicker, and move safer. Dr Blake's common mantra is to keep moving in life, that movement is one of the secrets of a healthy life, and he tries to pass his observations along on how that can be accomplished.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781483586557
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 12/21/2016
Pages: 596
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Dr Richard Blake is a podiatrist practicing in San Francisco, California. He is an athlete with a deep passion for teaching. He practices sports medicine principles from top competitors to beginning walkers. He has written numerous articles, lectured nationally and internationally, and lectures at a local school of podiatry. He invented the Inverted Orthotic Technique for flat feet used world wide. Dr Blake practices non-surgical podiatry, so the book emphasis is on conservative treatment of various foot, ankle, and lower leg complaints. He stresses general rules like creating a pain free environment for healing. He introduces the reader to podiatry through general principles and specific injuries with the goal of making the reader much more part of the doctor/patient/therapist team. Dr Blake has been practicing for 35 years, starting at the beginning of sports medicine. He tries to be true to the TEAM approach to injuries where each individual has a say in the process. He has worked with numerous professions in his attempt to treat these athletes, but limits this book to a unique blend of self care, podiatry, and physical therapy principles.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction

Topics included in this chapter are:

1 Book versus Blog versus YouTube

2 Movement: One of the Secrets of Life

3 The Complexity of the Foot

4 Philosophy of Treating Athletic Injuries

5 Going Alone Is Never Good, consider a TEAM app roach

6 Always Have Plan B

7 Second Opinions

8 When Superficial, Think Deep

9 Looking Good Syndrome

10 Who Is Seeing the Whole Picture?

11 Are You an Athletic Personality?

12 Are You Looking at the Tip of the Iceberg?

13 Golden Rules of Foot

Chapter 2 General Rehabilitation Principles

Topics to be included in this chapter are:

1 KISS Principle

2 Team Approach vital to Sports Medicine

3 Law of Parsimony

4 Magical 80% Rule

5 Good Pain vs Bad Pain

6 Walk Run Program

7 Weakest Link in the Chain Concept

Chapter 3 General Treatments of Pain

Topics to be included in this chapter are:

1 Introduction to General Types and Treatment of Pain

2 Taking a Good History of the Present and Past


4 General Stretching Principles

5 General Strengthening Principles

6 Tips when Immobilizing

7 Anti-Inflammatory Measures

8 Oral Cortisone

9 Cortisone Shots; Thought Process Behind

10 Activity Modification

11 Assistive Devices

Chapter 4 Biomechanical Approaches to Treating Pain

The topics included in this chapter are:

1 Taking a Good Biomechanics History

2 Understand the symptoms related to pain syndromes of 5 Common Mechanical Problems

3 General Principles for Foot Orthotic Devices

4 Treatment of Short Leg Syndrome

5 Hannaford Devices for Shock Absorption and Memory Foam Accommodation

6 Common Shoe Modifications

7 Running Shoe Choices, Evaluation, and Orthotics

8 Right Handed versus Left Handed

9 Taping Techniques

Chapter 5 The Importance of Gait Evaluation

The topics included in this chapter are:

1 Introduction to Great Evaluation

2 Checklist for Basic Gait Evaluation

3 Basics of Gait Evaluation Upper Extremity/Head

4 Basics of Gait Evaluation Hips

5 Basics of Gait Evaluation Knees

6 Basics of Gait Evaluation Foot and Ankles

7 Running Biomechanics

Chapter 6 Tendinitis Treatment

The topics discussed in this chapter are:

1 BRISS Treatment for Tendinitis

2 Biomechanics of Tendon Function

3 Bed Rest or Triathlete: Your Choice

4 Swelling is Our Enemy

5 Principles of Stretching

6 Principles of Strengthening

7 Tendons and Various Medications

Chapter 7 Nerve Pain Treatment

The topics included in this chapter are:

1 Introduction to Nerve Pain Treatment

2 Patient Email Discussions on Nerve Pain

3 Double Crush: Not the Kind of Crush you want to have

4 Lessons learned from the treatment of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

5 Calmare Pain Therapy

Chapter 8 Fracture Pain Treatment

The topics included in this chapter are:

1 Basic Types of Bone Fractures

2 Generalizations in Fracture Treatment Foot and Ankle

3 Exogen Bone Stimulator

4 Bone Density Testing

Chapter 9 Big Toe It Pain/Bunions/Sesamoids

The topics included in this chapter are:

1 Hallux Limitus/Rigidus

2 Bunions

3 Sesamoid Injuries

Chapter 10 Forefoot Pain

The topics included in this chapter include:

1 Introduction to Forefoot Pain

2 Morton's Neuromas

3 Metatarsalgia

4 Capsulitis of the 2nd/3rd Metatarsal-Phalangeal Joint

5 Bursitis

6 Fifth Metatarsal Fractures: A Special Breed

7 Stress Fractures of the Metatarsals

8 Blisters/Calluses

9 Hammertoes/Toe Injuries

10 Gout

11 Toenail Fungus

12 Tailor's Bunions

Chapter 11 Arch/Midfoot Pain

The topics discussed in this chapter include:

1 Introduction to Arch and Midfoot Pain with Foot Strengthening Exercises

2 Lisfranc's Sprain

3 Midfoot Arthritis/Arthralgias

4 Peroneus Longus and Anterior Tibial Tendinitis

5 Nerve Entrapment Instep

6 Stress Fractures Metatarsal Bases and Lesser Tarsus

7 Accessory Navicular Syndrome

8 Ganglion Cysts

Chapter 12 Heel Pain

The topics discussed in this chapter include:

1 Introduction to Heel Pain

2 Plantar Fasciitis

3 Plantar Fascial Tears

4 Calcaneal Stress Fractures

5 Plantar Heel Bursitis

6 Plantar Heel Nerve Pain

7 Posterior Heel Pain

8 Traumatic Heel Panniculitis (Fat Pad Inflammation)

Chapter 13 Ankle Pain

The topics included in this chapter are:

1 Introduction to Ankle Pain

2 Ankle Sprains

3 Ankle Instabilities

4 Ankle Tendinitis Syndrome

5 Ankle Arthritis/Cartilage Problems

6 Ankle Impingement Syndrome

7 Posterior Tibial Tendinitis/Dysfunction/Tear

8 Peroneal Tendinitis/Tear

Chapter 14 Achilles Pain

The topics to be included in this chapter are:

1 Introduction to Achilles Pain

2 Achilles Tendinitis

3 Insertional Achilles Tendinitis

4 Achilles Tendinosis and Partial Tears

5 Achilles Ruptures

6 Retro-calcaneal Bursitis

7 Calf Strain

8 Referred Pain Low Back/Radiculopathy

Chapter 15 Lower Leg Pain

The topics to be included in this chapter are:

1 Introduction to Lower Leg Pain

2 Shin Splints

3 Tennis Leg

4 Compartment Syndrome

5 Tibial Stress Fractures

6 Fibular Stress Fractures

7 DVT vs Cramps

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