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The skin on the tops of my feet has gotten super sensitive. Any ideas on what I can do. It hurts to even have socks on.

~ Teresa~

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Hi Teresa,


You can get little socks that are cut like a pair of slippers so that they only touch the toes, heels, and soles of your feet so as far as socks go, they might work for you. They used to be called 'peds'. I have a couple of pairs of those foam clogs and they are really loose over the top of the foot, so maybe they could be a shoe option.


My super-sensitive areas are on my legs and unfortunately, my days of wearing shorts in public are long, long gone. :D

My general practitioner prescribed lidocaine patches for the worst spots and they helped a lot - at least until we discovered I was allergic to the adhesive. :rolleyes:


Hope you find some relief. In the meantime, best wishes and a warm hug,

Jeannie McClelland

(Retired) ISN Director of Support Services

(Retired) ISN Sclero Forums Manager

(Retired) ISN Blog Manager

(Retired) ISN Assistant News Guide

(Retired) ISN Artist

International Scleroderma Network

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Dear Teresa,


I may be wrong (I often am) and please keep in mind I have no medical training at all. However, the condition you describe sounds to me a lot like painful neuropathy. It can be caused by many things, including systemic conditions like diabetes. Please see your doctor about this symptom. It might require that you see a neurologist for a nerve conduction test. Or, it might also be just one of "those things".


All of us need to be careful to go to the doctor with each new symptom, and not just assume it is due to scleroderma. It might well be, and it is possible, but all new symptoms need to be assessed. While you are waiting for the appointment, do try Jeannie's suggestion, although mine would be to just go barefoot; but that's just me, I love going barefoot, it makes me feel like a little child again.

Warm Hugs,


Shelley Ensz

Founder and President

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

Hotline and Donations: 1-800-564-7099


The most important thing in the world to know about scleroderma is sclero.org.

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