WARNING: The Embarrassing Bodies website contains images of an explicit medical nature and nudity in a medical context.

Search Results

  • Conditions
  • Questions
  • Comments
  • Videos
  • Episodes

    Hi, I have a fungal nail infection on my big toe nails, I believe this to be nail psoriasis? They are just really flaky and fall off but its odd as its just my big toes! Does curanail work? Pls any advice would be appreciated! As I am mortified at the moment about it! Thanks! Anna





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


    Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    I have had my bones in my toes (next to big toe) pinned a few times to straighten them when I was younger which failed to work leaving the toes still overlapping. Every year especially during the summer months I suffer with my toes constantly rubbing causing blisters. Is it possibly to get toes removed privately and still have full function ie walking running?? Rob





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


    Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    I have the same problem as well

    My feet sweat a lot even without socks on an they get really red and swollen which sometimes stops me from walking around, my toes peel as a result because they crack and the dead skin peels, the side of my toe nails are yellow looking and you can pull the side of my toe an get a nail file down the side of my toes on both big toes Which results in my sock 'fluff' getting trapped down there and putting more pressure on my toes.





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


    Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    I had chilblains about five years ago on my toes. But after that winter they stopped itching. My toes are still swollen and red from the chilblains, they don't itch or hurt like chilblains anymore but they look horrible. One or two of my toes are twice the size that they were before, is there anything I can do to make my toes normal size?





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


    Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    hot water treatment will give u extremely relief... try dis 4-5 times in a day..or b4 going 2 bed...wen it becomes so much irritated 4 us...so drowning ur feets in normally hot water for 15 mintes each tym...best of luck...

    My big toes are bent towards my other toes and sometimes can be quite sore when wearing shoes. I never show my feet as I find them really embarrassing, I am sick of having to hide my feet and would like to wear sandals some day. I was wondering if there was any type of surgery to straighten my toes or is there anything I can do?





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


    Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    I have had atheletes foot for over 30 years I wash twice a day dry between my toes wear open toes shoes where possible, dry thoroughly between my toes, clean socks, different shoes weekly or daily. I have tried all treatments you can name from lamisil, mycil, tea tree anti fungal, anitbiotics, everything, my nails are also thick and brittle, I have to file them down in order to cut them. What else can I do





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


    Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    It was recommended to me to try canestan cream (thrush cream) and i found it worked

    Hi I'm 40 years old, had a bunion op on both feet 6mths ago, very pleased indeed but the only downfall is that both big toes becomes very painfull and red,it's where the jonint meets on the top of my toes. My feet are very flat, having insloes made by the NHS and my right ankle has become very weak and unstable at times, is this due to having bunions? Please advise..I'm afraid the bunions will return back on top of my toes joint meets !!! many thanks..........





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


    Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    hi i have a problem with my right foot the 2 toes next to my big toes are swollen and very painfull the toe next to my big toes give me throbing pain right across the top of my foot as the day wears on its like waking on glass and i limp by the end of the day ive had a blood test off my doctor that came back ok i was checked for gout and infections that was over 2 weeks ago im going back to doctors tomorrow as i couldnt get aptment untill then i havent hurt or banged my foot im 46 years old





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


    Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    Can you help me please? I have really horrible feet. My toes are very long, my 2nd toe is bigger than the first and my 3rd is even bigger than the 2nd. I'm a 25 year old woman and never ever show my feet in public. I find that my feet pain when wearing shoes as my toes do not form the right shape for them. It's horrendous in summer as it is so hot and I have to wear shoes that cover my feet completely. Is there anything that can be done? Can this be corrected so my toes are the normal size?





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


    Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    Iv got a hard round thing on two of my toes and don't know how to get rid of it. I think it comes from wearing shoes that rub on my toes. Its really embarassing having them because I can't wear slippers or sandals when it's sunny. Please help me get rid of them.





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


    Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    I have curled under toes from when I was born, I find that washing and drying my feet properly and applying a moisturiser such as aqueous cream or e45 can help, alternatively you could just file the hard skin away, which also seems to relieve it slightly better when accompanied with a moisturiser. I hope this helps.

Show more…

    Same exact situation for me, my skates are getting too small and i got new ones but i can't wear them yet since it's competition season and i haven't gotten to break them in. The bottoms of my left and right big toes are peeling and flaky. The top of my left big toe and my right first 3 toes (right below the nail area) are red and a but swillen and itchy and they hurt. I hope i figure out what it is :(

    I have suffered from athletes foot almost all my life. I am now 41 years old. However I am confused as to what my condition actually is as I have a conflicting symptoms. My feet do not get hot, sweaty or smelly and the skin is never moist. I do not suffer from split skin between the toes either, although when I was much younger I did. The main symtoms that I have are extremely dry, cracked and flaky skin around the heels, ball of the foot and along the underside of the toes. I regularly remove alot of the dead skin using a pumey stone but then the skin becomes incredibly dry and cracks which is very painful. But if I apply any sort of moisteriser I find this encourages the skin to "bubble" and peel and flake off. I seem to have been in a never-ending cycle for the last 30 years! I also suffer from bunions. I have been to various GP's over the years but nothing that I have tried has ever helped. I find that when I use any sort of athletes foot treatment (spray or powder) all this seems to do is make the skin even dryer and more flaky. Help please!





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


    Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    Since birth my toenail on my big toes, have been hard, green, shell shaped nail!They are flaky and I constantly have to file them down. Is there a name of this condition and can it be treated? Seems to be in the family, as Mam has the same!





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


    Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    I have had exactly the same problem since i was little on my big toe nails, they look horrid and i was so embarassed of them, i had my surgon remove my entire nail-bed. yet they still grew back just as bad...i know how you feel, i also would really like to know if there's anything that can be done!

    My boyfriend has got pale flaky skin under his toes and between them on both feet. He says it does not itch and does not seem to be any trouble to him but he is getting annoyed with having to keeps his socks on all the time because i dont like feet as it is! What can we do?





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


    Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    Just a small area of my right foot is affected - between my big and second toe. So, the blistering and flaky skin is qiute localised - but I feel like I could itch the flaming toes off! Daktarin helped me last time it flared up - so I'm going to give it another go. Good luck with sorting yours out, everybody!





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


    Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    Every now and again (especially after a run) the bottom of my feet and my toes go a dark purple. Also, at different times, my toes go completely white, with no capillary refill and feel really cold. Sometimes I can help this second issue by using a vibrating massager on my thigh, but often I cannot restore blood low or heat to my toes for hours on end. I am concerned that this will eventually cause some kind of necrosis to my toes. what can I do, if anything?





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


    Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    hi my partner has serious bunnions on both of this feet, jusy like the woman on the video. both of his big toes are behind his other toes. he would like straight toes. he has heard that the surgery could make him unable to walk again is this true?





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


    Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    I have just turned 20 years old and since i was about 13 or so i have had a fungal nail infection on both of my big toes and also a little bit on the toes next to them too. The two big toes are yellowish in colour and look like they are growing on top of each other rather than growing up the way they are also very hard and i find it very difficult to cut them too. The toes next to the big toes are just really thick and slightly over lapping and a little bit darker too but not as bad as the big toes. I have been to the doctors a few times and one even told me that it was something that happens to some peoples nails and that i just have to deal with it basically. I am planning on going on holiday next year to spain with my daughter and fiance and would love to be able to wear flip flops and walk on the beach bare foot as the last time i was on holiday in spain i was too embarrassed to do so because of my nails. Seems like i will just have to keep on going back to the doctors and explaining everything to them and hoping someone will be able to help me





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


    Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    hi i am a mum of 5 children, my little six year old boy , i have noticed that is toes have started to go in from the little toe on to his big toes, it looks like they are getting squashed together, they dont hurt him and his feet are normal size, for his age i am just wondering if there is any thing i can do so he does not have problems in the future, like me, my toes curl under and when it is warm they are sore. thank u





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


    Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    my toe nails is completely infected - 6 out of my 10 toes have a fungus issue. I wear socks everyday and even at night - I also cover my big toes with toilet paper and cellotape (bandage like). There is constant puss and dirt driping from my toes. Any suggestions?





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


    Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    Thank you for visiting our web site and for discussing your problem so openly. If you would like the opportunity to be seen by one of the Embarrassing Bodies Doctors and have your problems assessed and treated by a specialist, then why not apply for the chance to take part in the programme. Please visit the following link and click ‘Apply to be on the show’ where you can fill in an application form: http://www.channel4embarrassingillnesses.com/features/be-on-embarrassing-bodies/

    my big toes are starting to bend inwards towards the other toes. Im 14 and im really worried i might be getting bunions. I HATE feet anyway but i dont want mine to look horrible; is there a way of knowing if i do have bunions and if i do can i stop them or help my toes go back into place?





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


    Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    Im 15 and I've had bunions since I was about 11 or 12 I would like to wear sandlas to school but I'm afraid the other kids will make fun of me. But wearing closed shoes just makes it hurt worst, bad part is you can see it through my socks. No one will give me surgery at my age but I really need it, its painful, embarrassing, and ugly. I've tried at home methods but they don't seem to work.

    I suffer from the same thing. My toes are so unsightly, I won't even let my boyfriend see my feet, it's that bad! I am 40 and seem to remember having ugly toes all of my life. I think the condition is called either hammer toe or claw toe. I dread summer, because I cannot wear pretty sandals or even flip flops. If I could afford surgery to fix my toes, I would definitely go for it.

    My big toes are bent towards my other toes and sometimes can be quite sore when wearing shoes. I never show my feet as I find them really embarrassing, I am sick of having to hide my feet and would like to wear sandals some day. I was wondering if there was any type of surgery to straighten my toes or is there anything I can do?





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


    Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    I get really itchy inbetween my toes, particularly at night (as someone else said above just about you're about to go to sleep!) I try to wash & dry them thoroughly but even just drying inbetween the toes starts off a major ithing/scratching session!! It's mostly between the toes (sometimes ust underneath too), not white like the pic on the site tho - Is this athlete's foot?!





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


    Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    I am a elderly gent who has been suffering from fungi on my toes, especially the big toe.My Dr said there was no cure but I have used a well known mouthwash which kills bacteria and it worked for me.I treated them by soaking toes in a bowl covering the toes with Listerine and soaked for 15mins each foot. Then a few days later I repeated the process and I now have healthy nails.





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


    Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    hi im not very sure its athletes foot but i do ice skating and on both my left and right foot my first 3 toes are pealing and are itchy and very saw and im not quiet sure what it is i ahve been putting Sudocrem on them quiet often but i do not feel like its working. its very hard for me because when i put my skating boots on i gety into a lot of pain with my toes and i keep having to take my boots off to itch my feet or pull my tiyted away from my toes for a few second because it hert so much. i am only 13 year old and im in a lot of pain ! my toes are peeting and a saw and red they are NOT on the bottom of my feet where its common to get athletes foot its on the TOP of the toes very close to my toe nail and im getting very worried about it !!! Please Please can you help me :(





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


    Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    Same exact situation for me, my skates are getting too small and i got new ones but i can't wear them yet since it's competition season and i haven't gotten to break them in. The bottoms of my left and right big toes are peeling and flaky. The top of my left big toe and my right first 3 toes (right below the nail area) are red and a but swillen and itchy and they hurt. I hope i figure out what it is :(

    Anything will help,im not sure if it's psoriasis but I do suffer with discoloured nails(yellow),not every nail,my two big toes are flaky,but the thing I havnt read on here is the smell, now only I can smell it if I rub my nails underneath,is this common? I've been given two courses of medication,ask me the name I'm really not sure,but I do know I wasn't aloud anymore due to it could effect my liver if I had more, I don't know what else to do as it's been over 5 years now and doctors have said it will take time to go. But surely not this long. I do also suffer with an itchy scalp I don't know if that's related though.





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


    Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    I have a problem with toes nais both legs, around the toes the colour changed to black up to halfway through the toe, weak nails which splits,burning and so painful,especially during cold weather and skin around the toes pills off. I have seen my GP and prescibed cream but seems not too helpful. Is there any other useful treatment or alternative so that I can wear open shoes? Please help me

    my big toes are growing round in a kind of 'C' shape and I struggle to find shoes that don't press on my toes and I am in intense pain if someone or something catches or stands on them I have been to my GP an he says that it is hard skin growing under my nail an prescribed 'dermol 500' and rub it in to my toes as and when required so i have been doing it twice a day for over 18months an there has been no change in my nails. please can someone get back to me with a possible solution :-(





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


    Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

    hi I'm 17 and i few weeks ago i noticed this pink flaky patch on my shoulder, thought it would go away but its now spread all up my neck and down past my area and my mum told me to put some of this liquid on the patches of skin but i woke up this morning and the flaky patches have multiplied on my neck , it's really noticeable and it's change to a bright red colour and i don't know what to do. Please help!





    This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


    Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


    Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

    By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

Show more…

  • Psoriasis

    Episode 2

    Conditions being seen by the doctors in Episode 2 included Psoriasis, a very flaky scalp, a botched circumcision, painful Bunions, problem Moles and some very excessive sweating. Dr Dawn Harper also headed to Birmingham University Hockey Club to teach… Read more →

  • Keloid Scars

    Episode 1 - Pelvic Floor

    This week’s episode includes a woman who thinks she has a giant vagina, and a man who has had to wear incontinence pads until he’s saved by a revolutionary operation available on the NHS. Read more →

Can't find the condition you were searching for? Suggest a condition for us to add to the site


Important Notice

The information provided on this website (including any NHS Choices medical information) is for use as information or for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical care by a qualified doctor or other qualified healthcare professional. We do not warrant that any information included within this site will meet your health or medical requirements. This Embarrassing Bodies site does not provide any medical or diagnostic services so you should always check with a health professional if you have any concerns about your health.


If you want to embed our videos in your site, read our embedding T&Cs here