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Understanding the Human Foot

Understanding the Human Foot is a full-color, up-to-date deep dive into the structure and function of the foot, written for physical therapists and movement practitioners looking to deepen their understanding of holistic anatomy.

Readers will gain perspective on the impacts of foot shape; the interdependence of form and function; and the cellular processes that determine how our tissue is designed. Most importantly, author James Earls demonstrates how the foot relates to and interacts with the rest of the body during movement, laying the groundwork for a comprehensive, holistic approach to assessing, troubleshooting, and addressing functional and structural foot issues.

• Full-color illustrations for easy reference and comprehensive understanding.

• An evaluation of the bones, ligaments, and extrinsic and intrinsic muscles of the foot.

• How gait impacts the rest of the body— and can cause problems as high up as the neck and shoulders.

• How to assess structural and functional problems of the foot.

• Corrective exercises.

• A footwear guide to choosing the best shoe for your foot type.

JAMES EARLS, MSc., is a writer, lecturer, and bodywork practitioner specializing in functional movement and structural integration. He is the director of Born to Move, an education platform teaching real-life anatomy for movement and manual therapists, and is a popular presenter at conferences and workshops around the world. Earls is the author of Born to Walk and coauthor, with Thomas Myers, of Fascial Release for Structural Balance. He also writes regularly for professional magazines and journals, and has collaborated with many authors in the production of their titles.