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
Emma Supple, Podratrist
Professor Irwin McLean, Professor of Human Genetics
University of Dundee
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