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J Am Col Certif Wound Spec. 2011 Mar 15;2(4):79-85. doi: 10.1016/j.jcws.2011.02.003. eCollection 2010 Dec.

A review of cyanoacrylate liquid skin protectant and its efficacy on pedal fissures.

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Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA.
Medline Industries, Inc., Mundelein, IL, USA.



Skin fissures are a common dermatologic condition caused by excessive dry skin, numerous systemic diseases, and backless shoe gear. They are defects in skin that fall into the category of damaged, partial-thickness skin wounds, as opposed to full-thickness wounds. Patients with heel fissures are at an increased risk for developing infection, which could cause more severe issues, especially in patients with diabetes and peripheral vascular disease.


Five patients from Temple Foot and Ankle Institute, Philadelphia, PA, with a total of 8 heel fissures and 2 hallux fissures, were studied. Patients were dispensed 9 vials of a cyanoacrylate liquid skin protectant (Marathon(™), Medline Industries, Inc, Mundelein, IL) to be applied to the fissure every 3 days. Patients returned every 2 weeks for follow-up in clinic.


The hallux fissures and 4 of the heel fissures went to complete closure after 2 weeks. There was an average decrease of 1.16 cm in length of the heel fissure dimensions after 2 weeks and an average decrease of 1.1 cm in length of the hallux fissures.


This novel skin protectant proved to be a comfortable, easy, and effective tool in aiding the resolution of pedal skin fissures.


Partial-thickness skin damage; Skin; Skin fissure; Skin protectant

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