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October 4, 1971

Sports Medicine

Author Affiliations

Red Bank, NJ

JAMA. 1971;218(1):96. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03190140070024

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To the Editor.—  My eight years of experience as a marathon runner compel me to give an unqualified "aye" to Fried and Shephard's plea for a team approach to sports medicine.It is my observation as an internist-distance runner that a key member of the team and often the last consulted (sometimes never consulted) is the podiatrist. Cures of long-standing leg and knee problems, frequently previously treated with steriod injection, have been observed with increasing frequency through the use of properly made shoe inserts.I know now of at least three documented cases of chondromalacia which cleared with corrective supports for foot problems. Unfortunately the podiatrists seem as unaware as the orthopedists of the potential musculoskeletal problems from overuse of weak feet.We have to get these men together.