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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 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

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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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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I have a hereditary condition that over the years they just refered to as hyperkeratosis - (general name for thickening of the skin). It only affects the soles and sides of my feet . it grows to about an inch thick and currently i have fissures that go very deep making it very difficult to walk. It has plagued me all my life and I just know my boy will get it too. My brothers have it and My dad was crippled because of it. Creams and steroid creams do little really. Id love to get it actually diagnosed properly but don't know how or where to start to get a dna test like the original programme. In a weird way its heartening to hear others have it a s bad as me and Im not just fobbed off with the "hard skin" tag.





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There is a facebook page PPK - palmplantar keratoderma link below: https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/316563855107797/ It's great to share information and support other members and compare images as there seems to be different types of PPK.





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Hi my baby girl has been diagnosed with palmoplantar keratoderma- her hands and feet are completely covered in thick dry hard yellow skin . I am just looking for a support group to find out more pratical information on how this will affect her everyday life when shes older as there doesn't seem to be much info available. Ill share pics tomoro. Thanks in advance.





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I have bad feet problems i find it very hard to walk or stand on my feet for to long because my feet are stuffed it also affects my legs,hips and lower back im in psin everyday I have had four opertions on both feet and nothing more can be done. i suffer not only pain in my feet, ankles, legs, hips and lower back but also have huge callus's on bottom of both feet witch affects my walking as they kill to walk on when i was 22 a specilist told me i had 98 year old feet not something you want to hear at 22 im 32 now and my feet are getting worse.





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I have just watched this episode in Australia and I'm very pleased to have some answers to this condition. My father and I have this and it can be very painful when the skin cracks. I have it on my hands and feet and always cover up as I'm to embarrassed to show anyone, even my husband. I'm extremely fearful that my 15month old daughter may get this, i don't know if i could forgive myself if she did. I hope there is a cure soon so i can live a normal and pain free life.





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There is a lot of excellent support and advice available from some wonderful people via either pcprojectuk.org.uk or pachyonychia.org. I have finally had a definitive diagnosis after recent genetic testing (after some 60 years of living with PC). You are not alone so please contact the above. If I can be of further help, let me know. Congratulations and thanks to Channel 4 for highlighting this rare disease





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