A Manual on Foot Care and Shoe Fitting for Officers of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps

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P. Blakiston's son & Company, 1920 - Boots - 124 pages
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Page 118 - To determine the fact of fit the shoe will be laced snugly and the soldier with a 40-pound burden upon his back will again throw his entire weight on one foot. The officer will then press in the leather of the shoe in front of the toes to determine the existence of sufficient vacant space in that region to prevent toe injury. Under no circumstances should this vacant space in front of the great toe be less than two-thirds inch ; nor should there be pressure on the top of the toes.
Page 119 - The soldier stands in his new shoes in about 2H inches of water for about five minutes until the leather is thoroughly pliable and moist; he should then walk for about an hour on a level surface, letting the shoes dry on his feet, to the irregularities of which the leather is thus molded in the same way as it was previously molded over the shoe last. On taking the shoes off a very k'ttle neat's-foot oil should be rubbed into the leather to prevent its hardening and cracking.
Page 111 - Department, fitted In a slot In a board, the heel of the soldier fitting snugly against the heel block. The movable block will then be pushed up until it touches the end of the great toe. The scale on the top of the measure, which Is graduated In sizes, will then be read, and the proper length of the shoe will be determined, approximately, by adding 2 to the readIng of the scale ; thus, if the soldier's foot scales 6i, a shoe not smaller than 8} should be tried on first.
Page 119 - If it is desired to waterproof the shoes at any time a considerable amount of neat's-foot oil should be rubbed into the leather. Light woolen or heavy woolen socks will habitually be worn for marching; the socks will be large enough to permit free movement of the toes, but not so loose as to permit of wrinkling. Darned socks, or socks with holes, will not be worn in marching. Company commanders, by frequent inspections throughout the year, will maintain the feet of their men in condition for proper...
Page 113 - Sizes called for in requisitions will conform to the record, and the fact of fit of shoes issued on such requisitions will be personally verified in every instance by company commanders in the manner above prescribed. No shoes will be issued to or worn by enlisted men while on duty which are not fitted in accordance with this order. New shoes should be adapted to the contours of the feet as soon as possible. Shoe stretchers, with adjustable knobs, to take pressure off painful corns and bunions, are...
Page 111 - All measurements prescribed herein will be taken with the soldier standing in bare feet and with a 40-pound burden on his back, bearing the entire weight upon the foot to be measured. Balance may be preserved by resting the hand on a fixed object. The measurements of the foot, which must be taken to make suitable preliminary selection of the shoe to try on, are (a) the length; (b), the circumference around the ball.
Page 113 - ... to slip over easily, the shoe is too narrow and a greater width is necessary. It may be necessary to try on several pairs of shoes in this manner before an entirely satisfactory shoe is secured. A record of the proper size and width of shoes as determined above will be kept as provided in Circular No. 10, Quartermaster General's Office, April 6, 1912. Measurements will be taken and shoes will be fitted as prescribed at least once in each enlistment and the record will be changed from time to...
Page 121 - BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF W.AR: PEYTON C. MARCH, General, Chief of Staff.
Page 115 - By order of the Secretary of War; LEONARD WOOD, Major General, Chief of Staff.
Page 114 - ... their men wash their feet as soon as possible after reaching camp, prick and evacuate blisters and cover such blisters or excoriations with zinc oxide plaster supplied by the Medical Department, applied hot, dust the feet with the foot powder supplied by the Medical Department, and put on clean socks. An undue amount of foot injury and disability from shoes will be regarded as evidence of inefficiency on the part of the officers concerned and as cause for investigation.

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