The anatomic peculiarities of the feet, the fact that they are organs of locomotion and the fact that they are enclosed in shoes make the skin which covers them subject to certain diseases. This paper is part of a symposium on cutaneous disorders of the feet; so stress will be laid on conditions which occur on the feet alone, and little will be said about those in which the feet are involved as part of a disseminated process.
The diagnostic approach to cutaneous diseases of the feet should be made with an open mind. There is a tendency among both the public and doctors to call all diseases of the skin of the feet fungous infections. It is actually impossible to make a diagnosis of a fungous infection without microscopic studies of scrapings from the cutaneous lesions or from their contents. Often the aid of cultures is also necessary. Even
MADDEN JF. INFLAMMATORY DISORDERS OF THE SKIN OF THE FEET. JAMA. 1944;124(12):743–747. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850120001001