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Milroy’s disease is a lymphatic disease that causes swelling (lymphedema) in the lower legs and feet. Lymphedema is usually present at birth, or it can develop during infancy. It develops on both sides and symptoms will likely worsen overtime. Other common symptoms include upslanting toenails, built-up fluid in the scrotum in males, cellulitis, and prominent leg veins. Most people with Milroy’s disease also have an affected parent, but in some cases, it’s caused by a genetic mutation.

One very notable sufferer of this disease was Fanny Mills, otherwise known as the ‘’Ohio Big Foot Girl’’. Born in Sussex, England, she had two sisters who were born unaffected by the disease. She profited off her disease by displaying herself on the freak show circuit, where she became a huge hit, earning about $150 per week. By the time of her death in 1899, when she was just 39-years-old, her feet had grown to be 17 inches long. 

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Originally posted 2017-12-12 05:32:16.