Pitted keratolysis

Pitted keratolysis explained

Pitted keratolysis (also known as “Keratolysis plantare sulcatum”, “Keratoma plantare sulcatum”,  and “Ringed keratolysis”) is a non-contagious skin infection that can be caused by wearing tight or restricting footwear and excessive sweating.

The infection is characterized by craterlike pits on the surface of the feet and toes, particularly weight bearing areas. Treatment consists of the application of topical antibiotics. Pitted Keratolysis is caused by bacteria, which thrive in these environments.

People of any age, race, or sex can fall victim to this disorder, though it is more commonly found in men. People who sweat or wash excessively tend to be prone to this infection. The prolonged wearing of occlusive footwear, such as tight shoes or rubber boots, also makes one more susceptible. Not surprisingly, athletes and soldiers are extremely prone to this problem. Hot and humid weather is another factor for raising the risk. Those on immunosuppressive drug therapy or diabetes sufferers are also more likely to succumb to the infection.

It causes a distinct foul smell, and can cause great anxiety and desperation in social situations.


Luckily, you can treat Pitted keratolysis by following the general tips on this website. File and wash your feet, and use a pumice stone to reduce the pits. Read the solution here.

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