Unique study of the human foot
Sole perspective on the human foot in the market
From the reviews of the first edition:
"This book is the offshoot of a collaboration between an orthopaedic surgeon and an anatomist/palaeoanthropologist. … The Human Foot is a nicely written book with 85 figures to illustrate the text. This book is intended for orthopaedic surgeons, physiotherapists, sports scientists and to anyone who wants to have an original look at the foot that is quite an intriguing structure!" (M. Mousny, Acta Orthopaedica Belgica, Vol. 72 (4), 2006)
"The authors of this text have produced a first class overview of the evolution and function of the human foot. … This work lives up to its billing and makes a worthy companion to clinical studies. It is well illustrated, well referenced, concise and readable. Highly recommended." (Matthew Solan, The Journal of Orthopaedic Medicine, Vol. 28 (2), 2006)
The Human Foot, a collaboration between an orthopedic surgeon and a paleoanthropologist, starts by tracing the evolutionary history of feet all the way from their beginnings as fins to modern human feet. It presents the foot, a neglected but important region, taking into account advances in the study of evolution, imaging, physiology and biomechanics.
The development of gait in children is described and measurements of foot pressures and their value are discussed. Also analyzed are various examples of the foot in action such as running, ballet dancing, tightrope walking, kicking, firewalking, swimming and the foot in microgravity, ending with a chapter on the loss of parts and the whole of the foot, the consequences and prosthetic replacement.
The text is an invaluable resource for orthopedic surgeons, physiotherapists, sports scientists, and podiatrists.
Bernard Wood is at present Professor of Human Origins at George Washington University and Adjunct Senior Scientist at the National Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, USA. In 1982 he was appointed to the S.A. Courtauld Chair of Anatomy in the University of London, and in 1985 he moved to the Derby Chair of Anatomy, in the University of Liverpool. He holds the degrees of MD, PhD and DSc from the University of London.
Leslie Klenerman is Emeritus Professor of Orthopaedic and Accident Surgery, of the University of Liverpool. Prior to moving there in 1987, from 1970 he was a consultant orthopaedic surgeon and honorary research fellow at Northwick Park Hospital and the MRC Clinical Research Centre, Harrow Middlesex. With a grant from the Woolfson Foundation he started a laboratory for pedobarography there. In 1990 he was awarded the James Berrie Prize by the Royal College of Surgeons of England for his work on the foot. He has been President of both the European and British Foot Surgery Societies. Since he retired he has been an associate editor of the British Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and an associate foreign editor of Foot and Ankle International, the official journal of the American Foot and Ankle Surgery Society.
Book Publications include: The Foot and Its Disorders published by Blackwell, 3e, 1990; The Evolution of Orthopaedic Surgery published by the Royal Society of Medicine Press, 2001; with H.P.J. Walsh he edited Physical Signs in Orthopaedics published by BMJ Publishing Group, 1994; The Tourniquet Manual- Principles and Practice published by Springer 2003.