March cellulitis

James Marks, W. N. Miller, R. L. Garcia

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Abstract

We term the condition of tender, red, swollen feet provoked by marching in stiff, new boots, 'march cellulitis' (MC). It is a common and significant occupational dermatosis among military recruits during basic military training. In this study of 62 patients, we have found that friction from poor-fitting, stiff boots was the most important causative agent. Bacteria appeared to be secondary invaders, causing complications such as lymphadenitis, lymphangitis, and abscesses. Bedrest, elevation of the feet, and soaks were all that was necessary for prompt recovery in uncomplicated cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)314-316
Number of pages3
JournalMilitary medicine
Volume143
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 1 1978

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Cellulitis
Foot
Lymphangitis
Lymphadenitis
Bed Rest
Friction
Skin Diseases
Abscess
Bacteria

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Marks, J., Miller, W. N., & Garcia, R. L. (1978). March cellulitis. Military medicine, 143(5), 314-316.
Marks, James ; Miller, W. N. ; Garcia, R. L. / March cellulitis. In: Military medicine. 1978 ; Vol. 143, No. 5. pp. 314-316.
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