Advanced search

I'm so ashamed - my feet are disgusting. Warning: may contain descriptions which will upset those of a sensitive disposition

(25 Posts)
squeaver Sun 21-Jun-09 18:36:57

Seriously, don't read any further if you're eating.

What can I do? I'm pretty good at looking after myself and keeping myself well turned-out (sound like my mother) but my feet are boak-some.

I pick my toenails blush. To the point where I do not have toenails on my two smallest toes blush

My heels are cracked to fuck blush

I am currently sporting a plaster on the sole of my left foot where I have picked off the hard skin to the point of bleeding blush blush [boak] [boak]

There's hard skin everywhere.

I'm way too embarrassed to go for a pedicure. Should I see a chiropodist? Or what implements/potions/industrial tools do I need to buy to sort out this nightmare?

squeaver Sun 21-Jun-09 18:37:19

We really need a [boak] emoticon.

tigerdriver Sun 21-Jun-09 18:45:03

Your feet sound like mine. Won't describe in case anyone is eating as they read. It makes me laugh when you see those magazine articles about preparing your feet for summer and they say file off the dead skin and moisturize.

FigmentOfYourImagination Sun 21-Jun-09 18:45:36


Pedicure if not hardcore enough for you.

moondog Sun 21-Jun-09 18:45:52

Are you my sister?
Stop picking.
Puire and simple.

BitOfFun Sun 21-Jun-09 18:47:25

Chiropodist, definitely. They are used to gnarled hooves and you will feel much better when somebody professional has sorted them- your fiddling has caused more problems than it's solved by the sound of it. Wear mittens and leave them alone!

squeaver Sun 21-Jun-09 18:47:49

I know moondog, that's what dh says.

Won't a nail salon turn their nose up at me??

squeaver Sun 21-Jun-09 18:49:11

Mittens! Now there's an idea.

Actually there's a chiropodist just round the corner. Will make an appointment tomorrow.

FigmentOfYourImagination Sun 21-Jun-09 18:51:11

sorry I mean pedicure is not hardcore enough for you.

Pedicure will just try to polish a turd. You need specialist attention.

theloneposter Sun 21-Jun-09 18:51:30

nice pretty socks? can look funky.

squeaver Sun 21-Jun-09 18:52:40

Ah thanks Figment.

BitOfFun Sun 21-Jun-09 18:53:00

Pmsl at turd-polishing grin

FigmentOfYourImagination Sun 21-Jun-09 18:53:37

sorry squeaver. I meant it in a loving, supportive way....

QOD Sun 21-Jun-09 19:00:27

seriously, invest in a ped egg, it's a foot cheese grater, sorted me right out

BitOfFun Sun 21-Jun-09 19:03:17

Nooooo, step away from the graters! We've established that you can't be trusted with DIY smile

IDidntRaiseAThief Sun 21-Jun-09 19:04:59

i got one of those normal grater things in superdrug the other day, the elegant touch one, and some new nail scissors, as they were doing a buy one get 50% off.

It was grate! Did some shearing, slapped on some Kamilosan ( i put this on everything, its not just for nipples imo).

had another go 2 days later, and boy do my feel look better. I was quite ashamed, as i'd gone into a nice shoe shop to get some summer sandals, and was sure the assistant must have been grimacing at the yuckness.

or go to a chiropodist. wink

Ah, a thread after my own heart.
I was wondering whether to post details of the utterly disgusting thing I did to my toenails yesterday, but decided to just share my revoltingness with my sister instead

I hate the thought of having anyone else touch my feet, even a professional, so after much waiting for it to get better on its own, I finally took things into my own hands and filed down the huge, crinkled, green and blue double-layered skanky big toenail.
It was fabulous! Dh even got me some extra course sandpaper for the job, as the nail file was used up within a couple of minutes.

I now have a disgusting-looking but level toenail, and now that the top rock-hard layer has gone, the crumbly and cracked underneath (lovely this, isn't it?) has a chance to heal.

Bet you're all glad I shared.

Oh, and for the hard and/or flaky skin, I just do about a week of coating them in vaseline every night and wearing socks in bed. Afer a few days, you'll be able to peel off the hard bits in the shower (as in when your feet have soaked a bit in warm water).

Nobody can out-disgust me on the feet front. I am unrevoltable

FigmentOfYourImagination Sun 21-Jun-09 19:16:46

Hope for the best, you sound like you have a fungal nail infection with the thickend and discloured toenails. You need to get anti-fungal stuff for that or it will not go away (it can take up to a yar of treatment to get rid of longstanding nail infections)

I get this every few years or so, and usually the toenail just drops off by itself and underneath is a lovely shiny new one.
So I think you're probably right, that this one is a fungal infection. I shall look into getting some stuff for it, anything I can do myself is fine, I'm just not letting anyone else near my feet!

squeaver Sun 21-Jun-09 19:30:45

Figment - your loving supportive kick up the arse is just what I need grin

I'm quite liking the idea of the grater, actually. I once had a pedicure in the US and they used - no other word for it - a scalpel. God it was heaven. Would a chiropodist have one of those?

Hopeforthebest - we should start a support group

FigmentOfYourImagination Sun 21-Jun-09 19:49:00

yes sqeaver they will have a scalpel, possibly one that looks like a little potato peeler.

squeaver Sun 21-Jun-09 20:31:49

Well that's that decided then

<<heads to the chiropodist>>

2cats2many Sun 21-Jun-09 20:35:58

I also have v. manky feet. I've resorted to using nipple cream on my heels to try ad beat the cracks.

llareggub Sun 21-Jun-09 20:37:55

Adding solidarity.

I have disgusting toes, most probably a fungal infection anf I have FINALLY booked an appointment with the chiropodist. One nail is so thick it cannot be cut.

CMOTdibbler Sun 21-Jun-09 20:38:52

Dh has hooves - honestly, he gets hard skin on his feet like nothing else.

The chiropodist has a good go with the scalpel, and they look totally normal again.

I used to take old ladies to the chiropodist - believe me, if the chiropodist didn't turn a hair at their feet, yours will be as of nothing to them

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, watch threads, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now »

Already registered? Log in with: