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Progress in Pediatrics
May 1926


Am J Dis Child. 1926;31(5):704-718. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1926.04130050104009

Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Northwestern University Medical School; Attending Orthopedic Surgeon St. Luke's and Cook County Hospitals

The subject of flatfoot among infants and children is becoming more and more important. The condition has not been given proper consideration by the majority of pediatricians. Concerning the etiology of flatfoot, heredity is undoubtedly a very important factor, and in my experience the paternal parent is usually the one involved. The age varies from birth to adolescence. The various periods at which feet should be inspected are: at birth, 6 months, 1 year, 2 years, 3 years, 4 years and at adolescence. There is no difference between the frequency of occurrence in the two sexes, although it appears to predominate slightly in males. Naturally, one would anticipate more anatomic deviation in the negro, but it does not follow that the disability or discomfort is more common in that race. Some disturbance

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