This is a quick reference on common questions in ankle assessment, rehabilitation, and treatment for sports medicine providers. Instead of chapters, the book is organized by questions, which are grouped together based on commonly themed areas, making it easy for readers to identify typical problem areas in orthopedic assessment.
The purpose is to provide a quick reference that pulls together multiple sources of information on commonly asked questions about ankle injuries. This is a worthy objective, because ankle injuries, although common, can present a challenge to sports medicine professionals as recurring and prevalent.
Although the intended audience is clinicians and practitioners, according to the authors, the book appears to be most appropriate for students, young professionals, or professionals who do not commonly do ankle assessments.
The overall organization of the book into four sections (risk/risk reduction, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation, and surgical considerations) makes it easy to navigate. I particularly appreciated the question (second chapter) on the incidence and prevalence of ankle injury. The epidemiology presents the case for clinicians to pay attention to ankle-specific strategies. I also enjoyed the entire section on treatment and rehabilitation, specifically Question/Chapter 24 that has great pictures for treatment of cuboid dysfunction. Some of the chapters on rehabilitation make great use of photos and adequate charts to compare/contrast when appropriate. I would have liked more and better quality photos of testing, therapy, and taping techniques. I was disappointed at the lack of discussion of hip and knee motion, stability, or mobility with chronic ankle injury, an important component that should be addressed when caring for athletes experiencing chronic ankle instability. Question/Chapter 3 briefly discusses decreased postural control and preconception, but simply suggests balance and proprioceptive training for these risk factors as opposed to assessment and intervention techniques.
The title says it all. This is an easy to read and accessible resource for clinicians seeking to fine-tune or refresh their knowledge about specific ankle injuries and intervention strategies.
Reviewed by: Jeremy Marra, MS, BS Athletic Training (University of Michigan)