Prevalence and correlates of fissure foot in a rural area in Tamil Nadu
C R Srinivas
Departments of Community Medicine and Dermatology, PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research and PSG Hospitals, Coimbatore- 641 004
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Sivakumar M, Sivapriya N, Mathew AC, Chacko TV, Srinivas C R. Prevalence and correlates of fissure foot in a rural area in Tamil Nadu. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 1999;65:26-27
Fissuring of feet is a common but neglected problem in India. In this paper an attempt has been made to determine the prevalence of Assuring of feet in a rural village in Tamilnadu. In addition the relationship of fissuring to age, sex, occupation, non-use of footwear and weight is determined. Over all prevalence is found to be 48% for age's 15 years and above. The prevalence is found to be higher in females (58.4%) than in males (33.3%) and it is seen more among the housewives (63.7%) and among the farmers (41.9%). Low weight and non-use of footwear are significantly associated with fissuring. 40% of the affected group felt that this is more acute during winter. We conclude that fissuring of feet is a significant problem.