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March 1934


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1934;29(3):356-357. doi:10.1001/archderm.1934.01460090025004

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In the past two and one-half years the most striking fact that we observed in a large series of cases of mycotic infection of the feet was the presence of an associated moderate to advanced degree of flat-foot. In reviewing the literature on the treatment of fungus infections of the feet we have failed to find any mention of this so frequently associated disturbance or of orthopedic measures to correct it. Of the one hundred and ninety-five patients in this series, 90 per cent had flatfoot. Thirty per cent also had hyperhidrosis. This high percentage of flatfoot in mycotic infections of the feet raised the question in our minds as to whether the resistance of these infections to therapy could not be explained in great measure by the changes caused by flatfoot. This seems highly probable when we review the mechanics of flatfoot. The first change that occurs in flatfoot

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