Features background information for beginners in foot orthotic therapy, outlining the latest theories, approaches and techniques for making braces and supports. The book also provides ideas for more practised sports clinicians. The highly-illustrated format is designed to help practitioners to customize orthotic devices for athletes and patients, improve the quality of their orthotics and save time by creating orthotics in-house. The advice given also helps to promote healing, allowing athletes to return to the game more quickly. The book offers easy, hands-on instructions for making state-of-the-art orthotics.
Table of Contents
Introduction to orthotic therapy; relation of foot biomechanics to lower extremity pathology; orthotic and related research; biomechanical examination; casting and moulds; equipment and materials; in-office fabrication of semi-rigid orthotics; rigid orthotics; orthotics for special conditions; orthotic systems; practical concerns of the patient.
Skip Hunter, PT, ATC, is director of sports medicine for the Clemson Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center in Clemson, South Carolina. Before joining the Clemson center, he was director of sports medicine at The Charlotte Sports Medicine Center. In addition, Hunter spent eight years as a football trainer for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill--three years as an assistant and five years as head trainer. In 1989 and 1991, he also served as trainer for the United States Soccer Program. Hunter teaches continuing education courses throughout the country and has had articles published in a variety of publications including "The National Athletic Trainers Journal, The Physician and Sportsmedicine, The Journal of Orthopedics and Sports Physical Therapy, " and "The Journal of the American Physical Therapy Association."Hunter is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and the sports medicine section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).Michael G. Dolan, MA, ATC, CSCS, is an associate professor of sports medicine and exercise sciences at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. He has taught both the theory and the practice of orthotic fabrication to hundreds of students and clinicians, and has been making his own orthotics since 1983. In addition to his work in foot orthotics, Dolan conducts research on edema control at the University of Buffalo. Dolan is a column editor for the journal "Athletic Therapy Today." He has written several abstracts for the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and is a periodic reviewer for the association's journal. He also serves on NATA's evaluation team for program accreditation and belongs to NATA's New York State chapter, where he acts as chair of the scholarship committee.John M. Davis, PT, ATC, is a licensed physical therapist and athletic trainer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), where he has worked for the Division of Sports Medicine since 1975. He has served as athletic trainer and physical therapist for the UNC men's basketball team since 1977. Davis is a contributing author to "Therapeutic Modalities in Sports Medicine " and "Rehabilitation Techniques in Sports Medicine, " both edited by William Prentice. He has also published articles in the "National Athletic Trainers Journal" and the "Journal of Orthopedics and Sports Physical Therapy." Davis is a member of the NATA and the sports medicine section of the APTA.