In 846 registrants examined there were strikingly few orthopedic lesions and deformities seen. Of these, the greatest number were static foot conditions—28% of all registrants examined. All these but two or three could be cured by adequate treatment.
From an orthopedic point of view, the examination of the feet is most important.
There is a great lack of unanimity in examining and recording foot conditions, and a tendency to laxness. The examination could be made more efficient if it were standardized.
There should be at least a consulting orthopedic surgeon attached to each Medical Examining Board, so that by their more careful examination of a comparatively few men, the work at the camps could be lessened, and the possibility of putting men with potentially bad feet into active service could be decreased, thereby saving the Government and the registrant loss of time and money.
By putting registrants in Group B, for the treatment of remediable lesions and deformities, many men may be secured for active service who previously would have been disqualified.