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Peeling skin on bottom of big toes

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AngelDog Thu 21-Oct-10 21:44:50

On the bottom of my big toes is a patch of skin where the skin lifts and peels with the grain of the skin. It is almost like tiny hangnails all in a clump on the bottom of my foot. They go in layers almost like fish scales and it seems quite hard and dry.

As it peels, it gets sore, since it gets a bit deeper. It really hurts sometimes. It catches on thick socks.

Any idea what it might be?

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ilovehens Thu 21-Oct-10 21:51:38

It could be a fungal infection.

KurriKurri Thu 21-Oct-10 21:52:37

Fungal infection possibly, or perhaps a problem with your shoes?

ghoulishglendawhingesagain Thu 21-Oct-10 21:54:23

Sounds like athletes foot(fungal infection). The pharmacist can recommend something for it, try not to pick at it <assumes everyone is a picker like me>

DinahRod Thu 21-Oct-10 21:57:53

Minute black dot in the middle? Verruca.

Maybe planing it with a corn/callus remover, but only one layer at a time very gradually.

Ped Egg?

DinahRod Thu 21-Oct-10 21:59:25

Do you wear ballet pumps at all?

raspberrytart Thu 21-Oct-10 22:01:30

I think you need to see GP.I get this and at first thought it was athletes foot. The nurse said it was excema and got some betnovate ointment and need to keep it well moisturised with scent free basic moisturiser.
I couldn't walk on it when it was really bad -its better now but nowhere cleared up.She also said that it would come and go on hands and feet- great.

AngelDog Fri 22-Oct-10 09:59:47

Thanks for the replies. I'll get a GP appointment then.

Ezcema does sound a possibility.

I don't think it's verrucas (have had them before). It doesn't look like normal athlete's foot (skin is dry and scaly, not moist and clammy).

I don't particularly wear ballet pumps. Usually trainers / walking boots / leather ankle boots. Indoors I'm either in just socks, or leather sandals (often with socks shock but only cos our kitchen floor's too cold for just socks. Can't believe I just admitted that in public. blush)

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KurriKurri Fri 22-Oct-10 10:02:56

You might need some counselling for the socks+sandals affliction wink

AngelDog Fri 22-Oct-10 10:06:44


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AngelDog Fri 22-Oct-10 10:07:13

At least I know it's something to be ashamed of which is half the problem for many people IMO. wink

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nightcat Fri 22-Oct-10 13:40:21

There is a type of verucca called mosaic, my ds had that on the side & under his big toe, there were no black spots visible, it did took like a mosaic, scaly/peely pieces of skin fitting closely together, none of the otc verucca treatments were suitable as the area was too spread and also reaching the nail, he had a prescription cream for it.
At the time I didn't know about banana skin or duct tape, maybe that would have worked too?

AngelDog Fri 22-Oct-10 19:12:34

Banana skin or duct tape?? shock

Do enlighten me - never heard of using either of those before.

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nightcat Fri 22-Oct-10 20:40:40

AngelD.., widely publicised on MN verucca treatment - either banana skin taped closely to the wart or heavy duty duct tape, change when comes off. Works on veruuca and worth trying as a home remedy, not tried it for this particular type but banana skin can't hurt

AngelDog Sat 23-Oct-10 21:02:12

Thanks, nightcat - I may well have a go!

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massagefever Wed 21-May-14 01:39:24

What if it only happens when flip flops or barefoot indoors comes into play? Its always in the same spots on each big toe. Only a small space on the bottom. No discoloration, no other toe or nail involvement. I think my sandals/flip flops are the right size. Seems inevitable.

Jhall0 Wed 03-Aug-16 07:46:03

Any resolution to this? Did you find out what it was and get an effective treatment for it?

crispyicebergbaby Fri 27-Sep-19 20:20:51

I know EXACTLY what you are talking about and am looking for answers too! Same experience to a T and definitely not a fungal problem. Also cannot hardly find references to it anywhere online.

crispyicebergbaby Fri 27-Sep-19 20:24:00

heath48 Fri 27-Sep-19 23:32:35

Show it to your Pharmacist,no need for a G.P. appointment.

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