The Whole Foot Book: A Complete Program for Taking Care of Your Feet

The Whole Foot Book: A Complete Program for Taking Care of Your Feet

by Brett Ryan Fink, Mark Stuart Mizel

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Overview

Foot pain and injuries can thwart everyone from the athlete to even the weekend warrior. While many books review basic foot and ankle conditions, The Whole Foot Book offers numerous solutions for each problem, as there is no one best solution - different treatments work for different feet. This comprehensive resource covers footwear basics, prevention, and treatments along with clear diagrams, photos, and charts that demonstrate techniques and solutions. It covers common foot problems faced by diabetics, seniors, and athletes, including bunions, hammer toes, corns, calluses, warts, and skin maladies. In also features a chapter on choosing the proper footwear, gives advice on when to seek professional attention and helps you to understand when foot surgery is not and is not necessary, and highlights recent advances in foot surgery. But The Whole Foot Book goes further and addresses less common issues including neuropathy, blood clots, and HIV/Aids among others. The book really covers the whole foot.

Special Features:

  • Addresses the most common sources of foot pain including nail conditions, skin conditions, heel spurs, bunions and swelling
  • Provides detailed step-by-step instructions for self-care of skin and nails
  • Helps you to understand when foot surgery is not and is not necessary
  • Provides easy-to-understand explanations of the causes of foot pain

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936303243
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Publication date: 12/05/2011
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 544,358
Product dimensions: 6.08(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

Brett Ryan Fink is an orthopedic surgeon currently in private practice in Indianapolis, IN for the last 11 years and is President of the Indiana Orthopedic Center. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and Washington University School of Medicine. He is a veteran of the US Navy and the Persian Gulf War. He completed his orthopedic residency at Portsmouth Naval Hospital. He was a foot and ankle fellow under Dr. Mizel at Boston University and the University of Miami.

Mark Stuart Mizel has been in practice as an academic orthopedic foot and ankle specialist for over twenty-five years. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Tufts University. He is a veteran of the US Navy and former naval aviator. He has held academic positions at Tufts, Johns Hopkins, and Boston Universities and at the University of Miami. He is the editor of five scholarly orthopedic books and author of over seventy research and review articles.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

1 Choosing a Foot Professional 1

2 Forefoot Overload 9

3 The Big Toe 23

4 The Small Toes 47

5 The Midfoot 67

6 Hindfoot and the Heel 99

7 The Ankle 125

8 The Skin 153

9 From Athletes' to Kids' Feet to Unusual Conditions 175

10 Rehabilitation for the Foot 213

Resources

Shoes, Orthotics, and Braces 249

Common Medications for Foot Problems 273

Ten important Rules for Weight Control 283

Care of Your Cast or Dressing 289

Wound Care 293

Imaging of the Foot and Ankle 301

Glossary 309

Index 313

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The Whole Foot Book: A Complete Program for Taking Care of Your Feet 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
AlaskaGin More than 1 year ago
This book is already on its way to becoming a well thumbed reference book! The information is presented in ways that make it easy to understand with excellent illustrations. The personal stories of others who experienced similar problems and their solutions served both as inspiration (or warnings) and kept me reading. As I move into yet another season of marathon training I suspect I will be reaching for this book often. Many thanks to the authors Brett Ryan Fink, M.D. and Mark Stuart Mizel, M.D.
nanagee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I tried to read every page, but found that things were only interesting when they apply to me or someone I know. However, it's a great reference book and a definite keeper in my bookshelf.
ungarop on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A solid reference manual for your feet. As a runner, I find the information in the book to be very useful and corroborated by other sources that I use. Well laid out with a good index. As another reviewer said, you're not going to read it from cover to cover, but it will be a good reference.
AlMargheim on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This a very well written book about the foot for the person who has no medical training. I thought the topics were well presented and the writing was very clear. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to be able to intelligently discuss foot problems with their doctor.
gothrabbit on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a good overview of various problems that can occur with feet, their causes, and their solutions. It is written by an orthopedic surgeon and another prominent foot doctor. It is divided up into section by areas of the feet and describes common problems with those areas. There is also a good section on prevention, including posture and how to select proper shoes for various foot problems.
cwlongshot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very useful book for understanding the foot and a wide variety injuries. The authors have done a good job of boiling down the medical details to succinct descriptions. I read the sections relevant to my foot issues and shared the book with my running friends who are reluctant to return it (a good sign). My only criticism is that the book is light on the self-treatment info than I'd like.
mmtz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An easy to read primer and reference on foot care. Covers the aches and pains of aging runners like me and how to deal them. I think the foot exercises will be particularly useful. There is a lot of detailed information on shoes and orthotics. I'll probably take a closer look before I buy more shoes. There is something for every foot in this book.
calmclam on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As someone with chronic foot problems, I found this book very useful--the treatments (mostly stretches) fell in line from what I'd talked about with my doctors, and I found the step-by-step instructions and explanations very helpful. I don't know how useful it would be for diagnosing yourself, but as a companion for treatment it's excellent.
silentq on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I know this is an Early Review copy, but, man, it could use an editing pass. There's a lot of good information in here, but far too often I have to go back and re-read a sentence a few times to figure out what the authors meant. Also: reading it with bare feet is a good way to get medical student syndrome, everything they list is wrong with me! :) I did get some background on the things I've been treated for before, and a better grounding for when I visit a podiatrist again. The main non surgical fixes seem to be off the shelf orthotics, rocker soled shoes and stretching, and the authors are up front about how long recovery from surgery will take and how it's often not going to solve the problem. One warning for the squeamish: they use photos of foot injuries and conditions as well as x-rays and diagrams, and some of the photos are a bit graphic. The exercises in the back are pretty generic, though the three levels are decent, they focus mostly on improving posture and hamstring flexibility. The sections on systemic problems like fibro and diabetes seem to go off into generalities rather than focussing on the feet. But all that aside, it is a good comprehensive resource that's valuable for anyone who's had foot pain.
TheBoltChick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was very excited to receive a galley of this book. The subject is something I can relate to all too well..... foot problems! I have had foot problems since childhood. By age 12 I was wearing custom orthotics and orthopedic shoes. By age 17 I had surgery on my weird, crooked, painful feet. The idea of having a reference book about these two misshapen appendages excited me more than the average person, I imagine. Well I wasn't disappointed. This book is chock full of more information than I expected, and is remarkably well illustrated. Not just with line drawings, but there were tons of photographs as well. I was happy to see that the authors, both doctors, didn't advocate surgery as the cure-all. Far from it, they seemed to be leaning toward more conservative approaches to fixing problems and only looked at surgery as a last resort. If I had only had this info 30 years ago!Bottom line, if you are looking for a good medical reference book on feet, this is the one. It includes plenty of solid information, complimented by drawings, photos, and x-rays for clarity.
VirginiaGill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is already on its way to becoming a well thumbed reference book! The information is presented in ways that make it easy to understand with excellent illustrations. The personal stories of others who experienced similar problems and their solutions served both as inspiration (or warnings) and kept me reading. As I move into yet another season of marathon training I suspect I will be reaching for this book often.Many thanks to the authors Brett Ryan Fink, M.D. and Mark Stuart Mizel, M.D.