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November 27, 1915


Author Affiliations

Fellow of the American College of Surgeons; Physician and Surgeonin-Chief, Hospital for Deformities and Joint Diseases NEW YORK

JAMA. 1915;LXV(22):1897-1902. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580220037012

In discussing the causes of painful feet, I have selected those forms which numerically are most common. As, in the majority of joint conditions, the advice of the orthopedist is sought after the condition becomes chronic, so, too, in painful conditions of the foot, we are not applied to for advice until the condition has gone on for some time and becomes so painful that locomotion is too difficult to be tolerated.

I wish to call attention to the great frequency of foot infections secondary to focal infections in other parts of the body, as in the teeth, gums, mouth, throat and nose; also after grip, pneumonia, typhoid fever, etc., as I have found these to be the cause of the largest percentage of painful feet in adults and children, in the cases examined at the Hospital for Deformities and Joint Diseases during the past two years.

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