’This book should be read by anyone who has an interest in foot health whether as a podiatrist, nurse or physiotherapist.’
Title: Floor Play
Author: Isobel Guckian
Publisher: Barrett Business Communications
Reviewer: Anne Duell, ward sister, Birmingham Community NHS Trust
What was it like?
From the outset it is clear that this book is much more than a basic introduction to feet and foot care. It is a compelling, insightful and inspirational book. As a piece of literature this book goes far beyond educating the reader about the basic anatomy and physiology of feet and the associated conditions one may be afflicted with.
The first couple of chapters read like a romantic novel and ex-loves the sexuality of feet. However if one reads beyond this they are presented with a truly unique inquest piece of educational literature, which presents up to date material relating to the impact of incorrect footwear, an insight into the tradition and culture of Chinese foot binding to diabetes, corns and fungal infections plus so much more than this review can give credit too.
To come across an author who can explore sex and feet, consider dry heels/dry skin as a neglected organ through to a biomechanical assessment in addition to pregnancy, shoes and “body talk” is a unique experience.
It is not often I can say that I have read a book that is captivating and one which I want to keep reading more of. This book is one of these and is one that will take a place of importance and of easy reach on my bookcase.
What were the highlights?
There are many highlights in this book. Specifically the way in which Guckian brings together the interaction/communication that occurs between our feet and our mind and body. It is readable, practical and relevant in so many ways. When we take into account the increase of people undertaking sporting activities or modes of employment that require people to be on their feet for multiple hours a day, which will inevitably take its toll on people’s feet.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The strengths in this book comes in that there is no other book quite the same. The author encourages her readers to consider how our body talks to us through our feet and what they can tell us about our overall health. There are also interesting extra fact boxes inserted throughout the whole book.
Who should read it?
This book should be read by anyone who has an interest in foot health whether as a podiatrist, nurse or physiotherapist. It would also be a great resource for students in any of these disciplines to support their learning and expand their knowledge base.