On September 25, 2002, the podiatric profession lost one of its most influential members, Dr. Merton L. Root. Dr. Root came to the fore of podiatry through his intense desire to develop a better taxonomy of the various foot types. He entered the profession after a serious study of many medical specialties because he felt that podiatry offered the best opportunities for research. During his student days, he quickly became disenchanted with the subjective methods by which feet were classified and felt that there had to be a better way. The Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus had a major impact on his development of the idea that a foot taxonomy was possible, and he proceeded to use the osseous skeleton as the basis of such a taxonomy. After graduation in 1952, he entered private practice and pursued an active course of making observations...

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