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The Superstition of Flat Foot

Royal Whitman, M.D.
JAMA. 1915;LXIV(20):1675-1676. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570460051026.
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To the Editor:  —In his paper on this subject (The Journal, April 10, 1915, p. 1208), Dr. Lovett emphasizes the fact that the painful symptoms, in the majority of cases, are due to strain, primarily of the muscles, and have no relation whatever to the depth of the arch. In this we agree, or perhaps I might say, he agrees with me, since I called attention to it more than twenty-five years ago. I am rather surprised, therefore, that I am classed by him as one who uses "a metal brace to force the arch of the foot back into place." I note further that throughout his paper, stress is laid on the arch, to the practical exclusion of the mechanism of the foot, and to the effect of disordered function as a predisposing cause of disability or "strain" in the class of cases with which his paper is chiefly


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