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This readable textbook offers a clear and accessible guide to the diagnosis and treatment of patients suffering from medical conditions that affect the way they walk.

The book describes both normal and pathological gait and covers the range of simple and complex methods available to perform gait analysis. It will help the reader differentiate the gait cycle phases and pathological gait patterns, identify related factors, and direct therapy precisely.

Now in its sixth edition, Whittle's Gait Analysis has been fully updated by a small team of expert contributors to include the latest thinking on methods of gait analysis and its role in the clinic, making it an ideal text for undergraduate students through to practising allied health professionals.

Highly accessible, readable, and logically sequenced - suitable for undergraduates
Covers gait and clinical considerations around functional difficulties in people with neurological and musculoskeletal disorders
Summary/study aid boxes to support learning
Online resources containing supplementary content for Chapter 1, video clips, 3D animations, gait data supported by MCQs, and 30 cases studies

Chapter on running gait, including the biomechanics of running, common running-related injuries, and clinical considerations
Expanded chapter on neurological conditions


Jim Richards is Professor of Biomechanics and research lead for the Allied Health Research Unit (AHRu) at the University of Central Lancashire in 2004. He has authored over 160 peer reviewed journal papers and written and edited several textbooks, including the 5th edition of Whittle's Gait Analysis (2012). He will take over from David Levine as the lead editor for this edition. Dr. Levine has been working and conducting research in animal physical rehabilitation since 1993 and is co-director of the University of Tennessee's certificate program in canine rehabilitation. He is a co-editor of multiple books, including Canine Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy, Essential Facts of Physiotherapy in Dogs and Cats, and Gait Analysis: An Introduction. He has presented at over 100 conferences, and has lectured in more than a dozen countries. Dr. Levine has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals with over 100 publications. His latest research focuses on canine rehabilitation, clinical infectious disease, animal assisted therapy, and laser to improve muscle endurance

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Chapter 1 Basic Sciences Anatomy Physiology Motor control Biomechanics

Chapter 2 Normal Gait Walking and gait History Terminology used in gait analysis Outline of the gait cycle The gait cycle in detail Ground reaction forces Support moment Energy consumption Optimization of energy usage Starting and stopping Other varieties of gait Changes in Gait with Age

Chapter 3 Pathological and other abnormal gaits Specific gait abnormalities Walking aids Treadmill gait

Chapter 4 Methods of gait analysis Visual gait analysis Temporal and Spatial Parameters during Gait Measurement of Temporal and Spatial Parameters during Gait Camera Based Motion Analysis Active marker systems Accelerometers Gyroscopes, Magnetic Fields and Motion Capture Suits Measuring Force and Pressure Pressure beneath the foot Measuring Muscle Activity Measuring Energy Expenditure Combined kinetic/kinematic systems

Chapter 5 Applications of gait analysis Clinical gait assessment Conditions benefiting from gait assessment Future developments Conclusion

Chapter 6 Gait assessment of neurological diseases Gait assessment in Cerebral palsy Gait assessment in Stroke Gait assessment in Parkinson's disease Gait assessment in Muscular dystrophy

Chapter 7 Gait analysis in musculoskeletal conditions and prosthetics and orthotics Total hip replacement Gait analysis in knee osteoarthritis High tibial knee osteotomy Prosthetics and orthotics Amputee gait Orthotic gait

NEW Chapter 8 Running gait
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