March cellulitis

J. G. Marks, W. N. Miller, R. L. Garcia

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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
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1978

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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