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What Are Cracks and Fissures?
Cracks and fissures are breaks in your skin. They may be the result of skin that is too dry to too moist. When skin is too dry, it can become rough and flaky. A large fissure often forms at the base of the heel. When skin is too moist, you may get a bacterial or fungal infection. This can cause cracks between the toes. People who often walk barefoot or wear open shoes are at risk for dry skin. People who wear shoes without socks or shoes and socks that don’t breathe well are at risk for moist skin problems. Your doctor can treat your cracks and fissures. You can help prevent future problems by wearing proper shoes.
What Causes Cracks and Fissures?
When Skin Is Too Dry
When Skin Is Too Moist
Your Physical Exam
Caring For Your Feet
Caring for Dry Skin
- Use moisturizer on your feet after bathing and at bedtime
- Ask you doctor before using a pumice stone to reduce calluses.
- Never walk barefoot. Avoid sandals and other open shoes.
Caring for Moist Skin
- Always dry between your toes after bathing. Don’t apply moisturizer between toes.
- Ask your doctor about using antifungal powders and lotions or special foot
- Choose cotton socks instead of nylon.