Baxter's The Foot and Ankle in Sport: 2nd edition, 2008.
Article Type: Book review
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Author: Kissel, Peter
Pub Date: 07/01/2009
Publication: Name: Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association Publisher: Canadian Chiropractic Association Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 Canadian Chiropractic Association ISSN: 0008-3194
Issue: Date: July, 2009 Source Volume: 53 Source Issue: 3
Topic: NamedWork: Baxter's The Foot and Ankle in Sport, 2d ed. (Nonfiction work)
Persons: Reviewee: Porter, David A; Schon, Lew C.
Accession Number: 259590247
Full Text: Baxter's The Foot and Ankle in Sport: 2nd edition, 2008

David A. Porter MD, PhD and Lew C. Schon, MD

Mosby Elsevier 1600 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Ste 1800

Philadelphia, PA 19103-2899

Hardcover, 636 pages,

ISBN: 978-0-323-02358-0

Hardcover, illustrated, 636 pages $230 Canadian

The foot and ankle complex is a multifaceted, complicated yet imperative facet in the chiropractic evaluation and is habitually included in addressing the body from a kinetic chain perspective. In the second edition of Baxter's The Foot and Ankle in Sport, Dr's Porter and Schon provide a comprehensive, anatomical and condition specific reference guide. With surgeons representing over eighty percent of the contributing author's, emphasis is placed upon surgical management. This text is directed to the sports medicine doctor and orthopaedic surgeon, with limited utility to the conservative practitioner.

The book is divided into five sections. Section one, athletic evaluation, is a compilation of twenty clinical pearls. Section two, sport syndromes, provides ten condition specific chapters on neuropathic, musculoskeletal, vascular, and dermatological disorders. Section three, anatomic disorders in sports, encompasses nine chapters on varied diagnoses. Section four, a five chapter section on unique problems in sport and dance, embraces international perspectives tying together numerous cultures, also incorporating unique disorders of the pediatric and female athlete. Section five is a four chapter section on the shoe, orthoses, rehabilitation, and epidemiology of foot and ankle injuries.

Though excellent for differential diagnoses, this text is deficient in the role of the conservative practitioner, often included only as a prelude of failed care to surgery. A short chapter, Principles of rehabilitation for the foot and ankle, is a general approach to post-injury status risking cookbook management. This chapter was not in the first edition, providing recognition of rehabilitative and conservative co-management, albeit minor. Emphasizing dancers throughout reflects the background of the authors, however is narrow. Consistency in chapter presentation was lacking. An asset for the conservative sports based practitioner is the return to play and post surgical rehabilitation guidelines. The illustrations, and imaging are exemplary with frequent tables allowing reference summary, rehashing important themes. Chapter twenty six (the shoe in sports) is of excellent clinical usage.

This book is not of great value for the chiropractic sports practitioner unless a narrow focus in improving differential diagnosis skills or understanding contemporary surgical procedures for the foot and ankle exists. In my opinion, it will not add to the conservative treatment regimen for an individual with a basic knowledge of foot and ankle pathology.

Peter Kissel, BA(Hon), DC

Sports Sciences Resident, CMCC
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