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I'm not sure if i have a cut under my big toe, or if its just cracked skin. it's something that comes and goes, butcauses a lot of pain and discomfort. what should i do?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Skin Fissures: Most skin softeners are inadequate when treating stubborn heel callus and heel fissures. A urea based cream or sal acid based cream is necessary to soften these thick calluses. Periodic debridement with a pumice stone or callus file is also a must. You can even glue fissures together with crazy glue.
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
Podiatry 38 years experience
Fissure : Could be a fissure due to a callous or very dry cracked skin. Get it checked and treated by a podiatrist.
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 36 years experience
Skin problems....: There are many potential reasons for cracked skin, but one of them is acute athlete's foot. Try using otc lotrimin (clotrimazole) ultra for a few days and see if it gets better. If it does, keep this on hand for flare-ups. If not, see a podiatrist.

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