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October 1944

Functional Disorders of the Foot.

Am J Dis Child. 1944;68(4):294. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1944.02020100066028

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This is a highly practical treatise on a subject which should be of great interest to the pediatrician and to the general practitioner as well as to the orthopedic surgeon.

It is unfortunate that the medical profession as a whole has not recognized the great amount of disability and discomfort produced by functional and anatomic disorders of the foot and has failed, therefore, to give these conditions the serious study and attention they deserve. Symptom-producing conditions of the foot constitute a real economic as well as a medical problem.

The chapters on the evolutionary development of the foot, on anatomy and physiology and on the primary causes of imbalance of the foot are elementary, but they represent fundamental knowledge which must be assimilated before accurate diagnosis and adequate treatment are possible.

The authors point out, correctly, that the early recognition and treatment of functional imbalance of the foot in early

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