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Rash on Sole of Foot

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 4, 2008
  • 03:06 AM

There is something wrong with the sole of my feet, and I am at a loss when it comes to knowing what it could be. I've already gone to a physician once, and I was told it was Dyshidrotic Eczema. It may be Dyshidrotic Eczema, however I am not completely convinced for a few reasons.

I noticed the "rash" about two weeks ago. It started on my left foot as a slender line of red skin running from just above the right side of my heal to the left side of my sole, just under my toes. On my right, it was only a small circle on the upper left portion of my sole. At this point in time, the circle on my right foot has increased in size, yet only slightly. The "rash" on my left foot, however, has increased much more. The red line has grown outward, taking up maybe 1/3 of my sole. It has also begun to appear on the bottom of my toes, which started as little dots and increased to red circles. At this point, it also seems as if it is trying to spread to the bottom of my heal, as the skin there is beginning to get abnormally rough.

I'm using quotation marks on the word "rash" because I'm not sure it can even be considered such. What it honestly looks like is like the first layer or two of my skin is just gone, yet it doesn't feel that way. (I'm sure I'm not scraping my skin away on anything) The surface of the red areas isn't abnormally bumpy, hard, soft, etc. Under the red skin isn't abnormal either when compared to the rest of my foot. It feels exactly the same upon touch. I can feel the difference when bending my foot however, in which case the red skin has a harder time bending. There really isn't any pain or itching or discomfort or burning or anything.

My foot has had an unusual scent that seems to be from the reddened skin, however. My foot typically don't tend to have any odor to them, however since this rash has begun the scent has become more apparent with time.

The other weird thing is that my socks, after being worn all day, are sticking to the red skin. And by sticking, I don't mean my foot was sweating and my sock is sticking to it because it is wet. My foot is sticking to my sock like I literally glued it and let it dry completely before trying to remove my sock. This isn't being caused by excessive sweating, as my feet have not been perspiring any more than usual. I do not believe the red skin is releasing anything itself that could be causing this stickiness, as nothing ever appears to be on my sock once I do manage to remove it. However, the red skin isn't abnormally sticky on it's own, so I cannot imagine what else could be causing the adhesiveness. The only time something did seem to come from the red skin was when I removed my sock the day after the red skin seemed to be turning slightly white. Once my sock was removed, the white has disappeared and redness returned.

As far as other information goes, my hygiene is very good. My socks are changed regularly, my shoes are not overly old, I have not yet applied anything to my feet, I haven't recently changed soap or anything of the sort that could be irritating my skin, I hardly ever walk around without at least socks on inside or outside, there were no noticeable cuts to the soles of me feet prior to this issue beyond a small, healing blister on my toe caused from running, as I do run roughly 12 miles a week (currently).

Any help is very much appreciated. I will be returning to the doctor in a weeks time if problems persist. Thank you again.

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