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December 1965

Hallux Valgus, Allied Deformities of the Forefoot and Metatarsalgia.

Arch Intern Med. 1965;116(6):960. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03870060158040

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A rapid perusal of the rheumatologic and orthopedic literature will reveal many articles about various hand problems. Much less has been written about the foot, in particular the forefoot. In this lengthy monograph, Dr. Kelikian, a Chicago orthopedist, attempts to remedy this lack. Being an orthopedist, he naturally spends much time on operative repair of foot problems. But his sections on functional anatomy, clinical features, and related problems, as well as his definition of the somewhat confusing terminology can be read with interest by all physicians, particularly those especially interested in arthritis and other affections of the musculoskeletal system. Not only does the reader obtain a clearer understanding of the all too common problems of the forefoot, but he will be in a better position intelligently to advise the patient.

With much justification, Kelikian attacks modern styles of footwear as a major cause, or at least aggravator, of hallux valgus

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