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October 7, 1961

Pain in Legs

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134 W. Adams Ave., Kirkwood 22, Mo.

JAMA. 1961;178(1):90. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040400092024

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To the Editor:—  In the Questions and Answers section of The Journal (177:93 [July 8] 1961), the answer to possible causes of recurrent leg pains discusses the most obscure and rare causes, but does not even mention the most frequent and simple cause. Since I am a female, I have an advantage. The one thing that causes most calf pain is a change in the height of heels of shoes. Obviously, this does not occur in men, since their heels are usually of the same height.Let a woman change from 3 in. heels to flats or even to canvas and rubber shoes, and her legs will ache almost unbearably. Even a change from one and a half inch heels to flats or vice versa will cause pain.It is such simple things as this that keep us general practitioners busy. I am sure that many of us will

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