2009
DOI: 10.1111/j.1610-0387.2009.07099_supp.x
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Abstract: Podoconiosis or mossy foot is a form of non-filarial lymphedema. This geochemical elephantiasis is a disabling condition caused by the passage of microparticles of silica and aluminum silicates through the skin of people walking barefoot in areas with a high content of soil of volcanic origin. Podoconiosis is widespread in tropical Africa, Central America and North India, yet it remains a neglected and under-researched condition. The disabling effects of podoconiosis cause great hardship to patients. It advers… Show more

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“…Podoconiosis is also known as “mossy foot” due to the moss-like disfigurement of the lower limbs [1], [2], [3]. The disease is found in tropical Africa, north western India and Central and South America [2], [4], [5]. It has been estimated that there are up to 1 million podoconiosis cases in Ethiopia with prevalence ranging from 2.8% to 7.4% in studied areas [6], [7], [8], [9], [10].…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Podoconiosis is also known as “mossy foot” due to the moss-like disfigurement of the lower limbs [1], [2], [3]. The disease is found in tropical Africa, north western India and Central and South America [2], [4], [5]. It has been estimated that there are up to 1 million podoconiosis cases in Ethiopia with prevalence ranging from 2.8% to 7.4% in studied areas [6], [7], [8], [9], [10].…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Podoconiosis (from the Greek podos meaning foot, and konion meaning dust) is a form of non-infectious elephantiasis found in tropical regions, such as the African Highlands and Central America (e.g., [1],[2]), commonly in those involved in arable farming. Podoconiosis is thought to occur after prolonged barefoot exposure to irritant soils formed from volcanic deposits ([3],[4],[5]) and it is considered a major health problem, contributing a substantial economic burden and causing widespread social stigmatisation in endemic countries.…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%