International Journal of Research in Ayurveda and Pharmacy

ISSN Online:2229-3566

ISSN Print: 2277-4343


Article Category: Case Reports

DOI: 10.7897/2277-4343.1405134

Pages: 1-4

Author: Saismitha N *, Abhijith Sharma VR, Sakhitha KS, Sanjay Kumar, Reetesh Ramnani

Abstract: Cracking or fissuring is the most frequently noticed sign around the heels when the skin around the feet loses its suppleness and elasticity, resulting in excessive dryness. Cracked heels, also known as heel fissures, are a prevalent dermatological condition characterized by dry and thickened skin that may progress to result in painful cracks. In Ayurveda, the cracked heel is correlated with Padadari, which comes under the heading of Kshudra rogas. It occurs due to excessive walking, walking on uneven surfaces, and excessively practising foods and regimens, which increase Vata. Thereby, Vata localized in pada get aggravated and shows signs like rukshata (dryness of skin), twak sphutana (cracks on the skin), twak kathinya (roughness of skin), ruja (pain) etc. Here is a case report of a 28-year-old male with complaints of cracks in both feet associated with pain and blackish discolouration for the past month. Tuthamruta Malahara, mentioned in Rasatarangini, was given to the patient as a therapeutic intervention. The treatment protocol includes thorough cleaning of the affected area, soaking of feet in lukewarm water for 10 minutes, moisturization and educating about foot care. The case was treated successfully within 28 days with only an external application. As the findings are encouraging, this drug can be further studied in a larger study group.

Keyword: Cracked heel, Kshudra roga, Padadari, Tuthamruta Malahara