Pub Date: 19 Jun 2018
Reviewed by: Martin C. Yorath, DPM (Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science)
Last published in 2010, this book contains updates in many areas as the field of foot and ankle surgery continues to advance. With this third edition, it also has gone digital.
The purpose is to provide comprehensive coverage of the challenges that present in the practice of foot and ankle surgery. Practical in its approach, the book represents the experiences of its authors and gets straight to the point in each chapter. There is no “fluff.” The online version is helpful, particularly the video clips of the various procedures discussed in the print version.
Practicing surgeons and, of course, residents and fellows are still the primary audience. The book is very well presented and is logical in sequencing, so anyone with any familiarity of foot and ankle surgery will have no difficulty following the layout. Dr. Myerson remains a world authority on foot and ankle surgery and it is evident in the audiovisual presentations that he has a wealth of experience to share. The new coauthor, Anish Kadakia, is becoming well known in the field of orthopedic foot and ankle surgery.
The book is now organized into 10 sections that follow a more or less distal to proximal progression as each topic is addressed. It makes full use of illustrations, all of which are either clinical/intraoperative and in color or radiographs, with all reproducing very well. There is no difficulty in following any of the illustrations, as all are fully captioned. The section on the management of ankle arthritis has been expanded and there is a lot more information on total ankle replacement (TAR), particularly on TAR revision, as this area begins to take a more prominent place in the complications foot and ankle surgeons see.
Overall, this is book for active foot and ankle surgeons to own and use. The update is justified due to the advances that have occurred in this field over the past eight years, which are reflected in this edition. While the book does really stand alone in terms of what it offers, its immediate competitors in orthopedic foot and ankle surgery are Foot and Ankle Surgery: Tricks of the Trade, Raikin (Thieme, 2018), Advanced Reconstruction: Foot and Ankle 2, Alexander et al. (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2015), and Foot and Ankle Surgery, Parekh (Jaypee Brothers, 2012). Weightier tomes such as Disorders of the Foot and Ankle: Medical and Surgical Management, 2nd edition, Jahss (Saunders, 1991) and Surgery of the Foot and Ankle, 8th edition, Coughlin et al. (Elsevier, 2007) are really references, useful in their own right, but not so practical in approach as this book. With its electronic access and ease of use, this book is a must for any foot and ankle surgeon to own and use. Highly recommended!
Doody’s Review Service Weighted Numerical Score: 98 – 5 Stars!