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Painful cracks and fissures of the soles of the feet may be treated by applying one or two layers of ordinary Kleenex tissue to the affected area and painting over it with Friars balsam (tincture benzoin compound). Preferably allow the balsam to become concentrated by leaving the cork off the bottle for several days. The tissue adheres to the affected area in a surprising manner, forming a protective and artificial skin. It does not even come off in a hot bath.
I have also found this inexpensive treatment useful in treatment of painful and trophic ulcers of the feet due to peripheral vascular disease, Buerger's disease, and postmenopausal hyperkeratosis plantaris of Haxthausen.
The Figure shows the foot of a patient suffering from necrotic fissures of the heel and big toe due to Buerger's disease. One layer of Kleenex painted over with the tincture benzoin compound has been on for seven
KINGSLEY HJ. Treatment of Painful and Deep Fissures of Feet: A New Technique. Arch Dermatol. 1963;88(1):79. doi:10.1001/archderm.1963.01590190085012
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