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Episode 7 - Brighton

Excessive Skin Regrowth On Feet

35 year old Jason comes to see Dr Pixie with a rare problem. Since he was 12 he has had excessive amounts of hard skin on his feet. It causes pain when he walks, and he’s also concerned because his son is showing signs of the same condition. Dr Pixie tells Jason his body is creating too much keratin, the protein that forms skin. She refers him to a dermatologist to investigate. The dermatologist tells him he has palmoplantar keratodermas. This is a hereditary condition that causes the skin to thicken abnormally. There is no cure for this condition but it can be managed with creams to slow regrowth of the skin. Jason then has his DNA analysed and it shows he has a condition called pachyonychia congenita. This is very rare and is due to a genetic defect. The smallest trauma to the skin, even pressure caused by walking, can cause the body to generate too much skin to protect the area.

On his return to the clinic, Jason tells Dr Pixie less than 560 people have the condition in the world. At present there is no cure but he says that just knowing what is has helped and he now has a better idea how of to manage the condition.

The Embarrassing Bodies team would like to thank:

Dr S Chopra, Consultant Dermatologist
The London Dermatology Centre
www.the-dermatology-centre.co.uk

Emma Supple, Podratrist
Supple Feet
www.supplefeet.com

Professor Irwin McLean, Professor of Human Genetics
University of Dundee
www.lifesci.dundee.ac.uk

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I think i have a mild form of this, ive tried everything!! My partner who's a carpenter sands my feet down with his electric sander! Ive tried chemical peels, urea cream, podiatrists, chiropodists,moisturisers, pedi pro etc etc, its driving me mad!! (it is better when i don't wear flip flops and when I'm lighter!) but its driving me mad!





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i have hyperkeratosis on my feet so bad i am registered disabled and have a motorbility car i have to go to the podiatrist at least once a week mine is heredity .





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Hi I also suffer from this condition I didn't know what was the cause was Till I read about all these other people who suffer from it. The only thing I can suggest is to go to the chiropodist and have the hard skin Professionally removed its amazing. I go there every three to four weeks depending on how bad it gets. I moisturise my feet with a balm I buy from the chiropodist. The relief I get by going is amazing. I hope this Might help in some way. From a Fellow Sufferer.





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Hi, all. I have this condition too. It runs in my family. For anyone who hasn't tried it there is a drug called Neotigason which can have a significant effect. It is more usually used to help psoriasis. It does have some serious potential side effects and is less suitable for females. My uncle has been taking it for many years and is mostly fine on a day to day basis. I too have been taking it for years with less success but it does help me immensely. I would highly recommend any and all of you look into this option.





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Me and my daughter also have this condition, but how can only 560 people in the world have this condition? It's very painful, and yes I also feel very embarrassed,





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I also have it it runs through my dads side of the family. It used to be worse when I was younger always splitting and bleeding but I have now found something from better ware which can cut it off without going to deep into my skin and they are so much better!! No splitting or bleeding and looks nearly like I have no sign of it!! I only have it on the pressure points on my feet anyone got the same? Amazing to hear our family it's the only family





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What was the name of the device you purchased as my family have this too?

If you look in the betterware magazine. It has a white handle and has a blade at the end to cut it off but not too deep. Works a treat and very cheap. Thanks

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We have this condition in my family. Unfortunately my teenage son and daughter have it quite severely and it effects their day to day lives. We took my son to a chiropodist and ended up paying £230 for inner soles as he said the cause was over-pronation, funny thing is my sister has it and she does not have flat feet. Now i know it is a skin condition we may finally be able to do something about it. Thankful for this programme!!





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Hi Tracy, Hi Pat, I posted a new article a couple of days ago but I don't know if any other posters see it unless I respond to them directly. If you haven't read it have a read it may be of interest. Regards, Michael.

Is it possible to get this on your elbows??? My feet are really bad as is the skin on my knuckles which do make it hard to grip things as the skin splits and bleeds. I have steroid cream at the moment which seems to be doing very little!





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I have had this since I have been walking and it's complete bs it hurts like ##!!!! Any advice on pain relief ???





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Omg! This condition has been in my family for generations. My granmother, my father, my older sister, me and my sisters son. I am so happy to find support. My father had the worse case and it affected his quality of life. For me it does cause problems....cant open jars and bottles very well cuz of the pain and lack of grip. When I try to explain it I say its like wearing heavy slippery gloves. Its hard to hang on to things. Partly cuz I dont feel surfaces and textures as well as everyone else and the skin is slippery. People think I am a clutz. Because its hard to explain, its hard for people to understand. I am so happy to know there are others out there!





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