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Mountaineer’s heel
  1. R M Strauss
  1. Department of Dermatology, Leeds General Infirmary, Great George Street, Leeds LS1 3EX, UK;


    Mountaineers are at risk of skin lesions caused by constant boot friction. This is the case of a 35 year old mountaineer who presented with large and deeply ulcerated lesions over the medial aspects of both heels after a two and a half day climb using crampons. A number of factors such as the length of the climb in cold and thin air and the impossibility of removal of the footwear to allow rapid rewarming may have contributed to a more acute presentation of these lesions.

    • mountaineering
    • heel
    • climbing
    • abrasion

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