Rhagades are cracks or fissures that occur in the skin. The term is typically used to refer to the cracks that occur around the mouth and nose where there is movement of the skin, where the term cheilosis is also often used. It is associated with vitamin deficiencies and is commonly a typical appearance in the later stages of congenital syphilis.
The term, rhagade, is not typically used to describe the cracks or fissures in the skin that commonly occur in the foot, especially in the hard skin around the heel. The term does, however, appear to be used commonly in some European countries to describe the condition. It gets mentioned in several German podiatry books.
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