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Good biomechanics book recommendations?

Discussion in 'Biomechanics, Sports and Foot orthoses' started by jonfleck, Feb 19, 2006.

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  1. jonfleck

    jonfleck Welcome New Poster


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    Hi there,

    I've currently 2 1/2 years experience working in a running shop, and am now responsible for staff training. I'm used to using various techniques to assess gait (looking at arches, ankles, achilles, getting the person to bend their knees to see how much their ankle and arch fall in, getting them running up and down the shop). I want to take my knowledge to the next level - learning about all the various ways of throroughly assessing gait, learning the complete anatomy and function of every part of the foot - partially to help increase my accuracy of assessment, but also from the point of view of taking my staff's knowledge to the very highest of levels.

    Does anyone have any good textbook recommendations, preferably with practical applicable knowledge (as a pose to being very theoretical, but hard to apply)?

    Thankyou in anticipation,

    Jonathan Fleck
     
  2. davidh

    davidh Podiatry Arena Veteran

    Hi Jonathan,

    You wrote:
    "I want to take my knowledge to the next level - learning about all the various ways of throroughly assessing gait, learning the complete anatomy and function of every part of the foot - partially to help increase my accuracy of assessment, but also from the point of view of taking my staff's knowledge to the very highest of levels."

    You'll have gathered from this forum that there is still much debate about which does what, and when, when dealing with gait and gait-related issues.
    I don't think a definitive tome on the subject has been published yet.

    Your enthusiastic responsibility for staff training in this area would probably be best served by pulling in a local Podiatrist who knows his or her biomech and gait. This can work to everyone's advantage, in that you have an expert at hand, while the Podiatrist may well see spin-off work coming their way.

    If you think this could work for you, let me know where in the UK you are - I have a list of suitably qualified Pods who could probably help out on a voluntary basis.

    Regards,
    davidh
     
  3. jonfleck

    jonfleck Welcome New Poster

    Many thanks for the reply David.

    We are based in North Finchley, North London - that's an option I'd considered, so if you know of some good podiatrists in the area, that would be great!

    Also, I had seen quite a few books on Amazon on assessment, I appreciate that there are still areas in podiatry that haven't been fully determined and they won't be fully authoritive, however, if someone has a specific recommendation from these types of books, for our reference, that would be superb.

    Kindest Regards,

    Jonathan Fleck
     
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2006
  4. pgcarter

    pgcarter Well-Known Member

    As an aid to teaching aid...Thomas Michaud "Orthoses and other forms of conservative foot care"....good book, good diagrams, good clear explanations of what he is thinking...being all correct is a different issue...
    Phill
     
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