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January 1932


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From the Merrill-Palmer School.

Am J Dis Child. 1932;43(1):89-92. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1932.01950010096010

Impressions of the foot have usually been taken in a standing position, but such an imprint may not always be the natural one. A consciousness in placing the feet in a definite standing position may lead to an unnatural distribution of weight as well as an artificial position of the feet. The procedure described in this paper for obtaining and recording natural standing and walking footprints has contributed significant information on the correlation of the physical growth and development of children. Although it is now recognized that impressions of the foot are not of any great value for diagnostic purposes, they are of definite value in showing changes in the musculature of the feet and the efficiency of proper footwear and hygiene of the feet for children.

Lewin1 expressed the belief that the value of footprints has been overestimated from the standpoint of both diagnosis and prognosis. He pointed

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