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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 52  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 150-152

Treatment of fissure soles with occlusion using micropore tapes

1 Department of Dermatology, PSG Institute of Medial Sciences and Research, Coimbatore, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, PSG Institute of Medial Sciences and Research, Coimbatore, India

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C R Srinivas
Department of Dermatology, PSG Hospitals, Peelamedu, Coimbatore - 641004
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5154.35095

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Fissure feet are a common condition; however, no effective therapy is available to date. This study was undertaken to study the effect of occlusion using 2″ micropore tapes in the management of fissure soles. The study was an open-paired, controlled study and included 26 volunteers with fissure feet. Fissures were graded separately over the right and left soles. All the volunteers were advised to wash their feet in tap water, air dry for 5 min before going to bed. To increase the tackiness of the tape, tincture benzoin was first applied and allowed to dry. The volunteers were educated to apply a 2″ micropore tape over the fissures at night on the right sole. The left sole was not taped and served as a control. The tape was removed the next morning and the fresh tape was again reapplied at night. The volunteers were advised to immerse the feet in water at room temperature and then remove the tape. Results were assessed after 15 days. Mc Nemar's X2 test was performed to determine the statistical significance. P value < 0.05 was considered to be statistically significant. The right sole (study) and the left sole (control) constituted a pair. Out of the 26 matched pairs, in 16 pairs, the study site showed improvement and the control site did not show improvement. Seven pairs did not show improvement over both study and control sites. Three pairs showed improvement in both study and control sites. Mc Nemar X2 value was 14.06 ( P < 0.001). Occlusion therapy is effective in the treatment of fissure soles.

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