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The Hiking Engine: A Hiker's Guide to the Care and Maintenance of Feet and Legsby Stuart Plotkin
Synopses & Reviews
Whether on a day-hike jaunt or a three-month trek, many people take their feet and legs for granted - until they start to break down. Like any good mechanic will tell you, most problems result not from accidents, but rather from ignorance or lack of prevention. The proper care and feeding of your lower limbs can help avoid injury, increase stamina, and generally make hiking a lot more fun.In The Hiking Engine, you'll find invaluable guidance on picking out socks and shoes, performing pre-hike stretches, and learning how your personal biomechanics really work. Extensive first aid advice covers everything from blisters to bunions, tendonitis to ingrown toenails, sprains to heel spurs, and the kinds of injuries that can befall even the best-prepared trail tromper. The most in-depth book ever on the hiker's feet and legs, The Hiking Engine will keep you on your feet and on your way. (6 x 9, 192 pages, b&w photos, diagrams)
Shows hikers how to care for their feet and legs so that debilitating injuries will not ruin the outdoor experience. Contains tips on evaluating equipment, stretching and strengthening exercise, as well as extensive first aid section.
Until a hiker injures a foot or leg--a blister on the foot, a sprained ankle, an unattended scratch that gets infected--he or she might not pay a lot of attention to the care of legs and feet. The Hiking Engine increases awareness of all that can potentially go wrong on any kind of hike, so you can avoid the worst and enjoy the best.
Table of Contents
Introduction ////1. Anatomy and Biomechanics¿Parts of the Engine//(a) Anatomy//(b) Biomechanics//(c) Foot types//2. Equipment//(a) Socks //(b) Boots //(c) Orthotics (OTC)//(d) Other Items //3. Preparation & Maintenance//(a) Planning Hikes//(b) Stretching//(c) Orthotics (professionally fit)//(d) Hiking Techniques //4. First Aid //(a) General Treatment Guide//(b) Specific Injuries//Appendices//Glossary
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