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PotterLottery · 25/09/2022 17:05

My DH has broken his leg and has been none weight bearing for about 8 weeks now. He's in a full leg cast that ends just above his ankle.

His broken leg foot (the sole) is DISGUSTING. It's gone slightly yellow, and so so dry. It's all wrinkly and dry skin is literally falling off it all the time. I've been a lathering foot cream on but it makes no difference. There's big like cornflake size pieces of skin behind his toes just hanging off! When he takes his sock off it literally sheds everywhere like snow 😳😳 I feel really sorry for him, he's embarrassed.

What can we do?! Foot cream isn't working and he can't soak his foot in water because of the cast (comes down quite low) any advice appreciated ☺️

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AtleastitsnotMonday · 25/09/2022 17:06

I'd get him an appointment with a good podiatrist

blondieminx · 25/09/2022 17:08

Sounds like you need a professional to deal with all of that. Ask on your local fb for recommendations for a foot specialist.

Ilikewinter · 25/09/2022 17:12

If its all dead skin you could try a scholl foot file??

PotterLottery · 25/09/2022 17:13

Sorry should have added I would contact a podiatrist but I don't know if they will work on him with the cast on? But he will be in a cast/leg brace for the next 6 weeks at least and he can't just carry on like this 🙈

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HappyHamsters · 25/09/2022 17:14

It could be a fungal infection, can you help him wash his foot and see a podiatrist or doctor for some cream.

Muchtoomuchtodo · 25/09/2022 17:14

It’ll just be a build up of dead skin from not being able to wash it properly.

a good podiatrist should be able to help, but it’ll sort it pretty quickly once the cast is off and he’s back in the shower regularly

HappyHamsters · 25/09/2022 17:16

Can he stand in a shallow bowl of warm water

PotterLottery · 25/09/2022 17:38

He can't stand in a bowl of water, I did try this but obviously he's on crutches and it's a bit uncomfortable standing with one leg in a bowl 🙈 I tried wrapping hot flannels round it while we watched TV one night but it didn't seem to do much. The cream is for extreme dry skin and I've been putting it on at night and a sock over the top. But it just seems worse than ever

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iRun2eatCake · 25/09/2022 17:45

Years ago we used to liberally cover patients feet in lanolin cream. Wrap it up in inco pads, plastic bag on top. Left over night.

It used to fall off in chunks

Mummybud · 25/09/2022 17:46

He needs someone to remove the dead skin. Moisturising dead skin won’t help, it will exacerbate the problem. A podiatrist will be able to help, even if he’s in a cast - they’ll probably cut/shave the dead skin off.

FingersofFish · 25/09/2022 17:46

Was his skin dry to start with? I'm just wondering if cream is the wrong thing if he's not then able to wash the dead skin off..... I would have thought a good flannel wash once or twice of day would be all that was needed so wondering if there was a preexisting condition that led to you using cream. It could be the cream is keeping his sole too moist which could encourage fungal infection. Agree earlier recommendations that he needs podiatry advice from a professional.

PotterLottery · 25/09/2022 18:18

Thank you, that makes sense about making it too moist, I think he was really worried about it going too dry and cracking which can be painful

No previous foot conditions it was a normal foot before.

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PotterLottery · 25/09/2022 18:54

I will look for lanolin cream 😊

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