Rhagades are ulcerations of epithelial tissue, or rather lesions of the skin and mucous membranes. Rhagades can occur on different parts of the body such as the hands and feet, on the breasts of new mothers and also in the anal and perianal area. Rhagades can be very bothersome and sometimes painful and are a recurring disease, meaning they often return. This is precisely why rhagades should always be treated with particular care and it should not be considered a simple cut or wound.
Rhagades on the hands and feet are mainly caused by:
Rhagades are small cuts, with bleeding on the knuckles, in the interdigital spaces (i.e. between the fingers), on the fingertips and in the areas around the nails. The phenomenon is often accompanied by redness of the hands.
Rhagades on the feet, however, are mainly caused by rubbing inside the shoe. This rubbing irritates the skin of the feet and small wounds therefore appear on both the toes and the heel.
Diabetes is definitely a risk factor for the formation of sores, fissures and cracks on the feet.
Hand and foot rhagades must always be treated properly otherwise they can also become very painful.