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January 2, 1954


Author Affiliations


From the Department of Surgery, Wayne University College of Medicine, and the Division of Orthopedic Surgery, U. S. Veterans Administration Hospital, Dearborn, Mich.

JAMA. 1954;154(1):33-35. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940350035008

Fibromatosis of the palmar fascia, or Dupuytren's contracture, has been the subject of many exhaustive studies, and much has been written concerning its etiology, pathology, and treatment. In most of these studies, reference has been made to the fact that there is occasionally involvement of the plantar fascia by a similar process. Since the involvement of the plantar aponeurosis is rarely symptomatic, it has been considered relatively unimportant. Recently, however, in separate reports, Skoog,1 Luck,2 and Pickren and co-workers3 have shown that the lesion in the foot is a distinct clinical entity, with characteristic gross and microscopic anatomy. They have demonstrated that the lesion occurs more frequently than is generally recognized and that important problems in differential diagnosis may arise unless this distinct clinical entity is well known. In this paper, the term disease is used instead of contracture because, in the foot, contractures are rare since

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