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January 2, 1937


JAMA. 1937;108(1):24-27. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780010026006

Foot discomfort may vary from an intermittent annoyance to a real calamity, depending on its intensity and also on the occupational and social status of the individual. A nail or a pebble inside the shoe can make normal walking next to impossible; likewise can a plantar wart or a residual hard scar if located at a bearing point. Further, prolonged use of an unnatural stance can apparently lead to secondary changes, which may be persistently annoying long after the primary cause has been removed. After successful treatment of the wart or its local sequelae, the patient may still remain crippled. An antecedent static fault has been suggested as one, or a contributing, cause, but in our limited experience the static changes appeared to be secondary rather than primary.

Plantar warts are not of rare occurrence, and their clinical behavior and therapeutic response might suggest that they are not all of

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