Lower Limb Anatomy, Palpation & Surface Markings book cover

Lower Limb Anatomy, Palpation & Surface Markings

Podiatry students and practitioners all need to know palpation skills, but previously have struggled to find the information they need in book form. Here is the answer: the bones, joints, muscles, nerves, arteries and veins of the lower limb are described and at the end of the chapters are review questions to test your knowledge. LOWER LIMB ANATOMY, PALPATION & SURFACE MARKINGS helps you identify, understand and palpate structures through an intact skin and aids all practitioners and students in the assessment and diagnosis of conditions using manual contact techniques, relating palpation to surface markings and anatomy. Accurate location and palpation of surface structures is an essential skill for podiatrists and lower limb specialists: here is an invaluable resource to help acquire that skill.


Published: May 2008

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-7020-3018-5


  • Foreword

    Chapter1. Palpation: principles and practice
    Some definitions and concepts
    Palpation: some definitions
    General characteristics of palpationTouch
    Some general Characteristics
    The physiology of touch
    The social significance of touch
    Touch and clinical practice
    Effects of palpation ont he patient
    Patient and person
    The consultation process
    Techniques of palpation
    Improving the art of Palpation
    Care of the hands
    Palpation of different tissues

    Chapter 2. Bones
    The lumbar spine and pelvis
    The thoracic outlet
    The pelvic girdle
    The lumbar vertebrae
    The sacrum
    The coccyx
    The hip region
    The knee region
    The lower end of the tibia
    The lower end of the fibula
    The talus
    The calcaneus
    The foot
    Dorsal aspect
    Plantar aspect
    Self-assessment questions

    Chapter 3. Joints
    The lumbar spine
    The pelvis
    The pubic symphysis
    The sacroiliac joint
    The hip joint
    The knee joint
    The tibiofibular union
    The superior tibiofibular (subtalar) joint
    The inferior tibiofibular joint
    The ankle joint
    The foot
    The talocalcaneal (subtalar) joint
    The talocalcaneonavicular joint
    The calcaneocuboid joint
    The cubiodeonavicular joint
    The midtarsal joint
    The cuneonavicular and intercuneiform joints
    The tarsometatarsal joints
    The intermetatarsal joints
    The medtatarsophalangeal joints
    The interphalangeal joints
    Self assessment questions

    Chapter 4. Muscles
    The anterior aspect of the hip
    Gluteus medius, gluteus minimus and tensor fasciae latae
    Lliopsoas and pectineus
    The posterior aspect of the hip and thigh
    Gluteus masimus
    The hamstrings
    The anterior and medial aspects of the thigh
    The adductors and quadriceps femoris
    The anterior and lateral aspects of the leg and foot
    Triceps surae (calf)
    Plantar muscles
    Self-assessment questions

    Chapter 5. Nerves
    Self assessment questions

    Chapter 6. Arteries
    Self-assessment questions

    Chapter 7. Veins
    The deep veins
    The superficial veins
    The great (long) saphenous veins
    The small (short) saphenous vein
    Self-assessment questions



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