Does anyone pick at the bottom of their feet? My story


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August 17, 2014

http://www.forevermissed.com/Zailee. There you can see why I have the most anxiety I have ever had in my life. The other night I woke on the middle of the night & started picking. He looked up, got annoyed just like my daughter does when she sees me doing it when she's awake. I disturbed his precious sleep.
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August 17, 2014

Why did it do my post three times? Didn't see delete so I am editing. That post was too long for 3 times!
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August 15, 2014

When I get anxious, I pick at my feet. I do know how to fix it...and I got it all fixed up in time for beach but when that was over, I was lying awake one night, worrying and it took me quite awhile to work up a spot to pick. I almost feel like an expert I have so many suggestions. First, get neosporin or good lotion & press & seal. Every night before bed get your feet good & gooey and wrap them in press & seal & put on socks. Second thing, I have an electric sander (a mouse) with a low grit sandpaper you can really get your feet smooth and hard to find a place to start the picking. You can also buy a sanding block (for Sheetrock-none of this wussy foot products). Just do a lite sanding on your callously spots every day and keep up with the neosporin wrapped feet & ur feet can be amazing. Now, to do this and settle your craving to pick...get crazy glue. You can put it on ur feet to assist in getting dead skin off or it's kinda fun on the back of your foot, the wrinkly part. I bet an elbow would be fun too. Somewhere with tough skin so no damage is caused. Put it on, let it dry & pick away.
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August 18, 2014

When I read this I almost cried. Everything you explained I do to the exact. I pick my feet for hours. They are scarred and they hurt all the time. I hate wearing shoes because they hurt more. When I can't pick at my feet I notice I bite the skin off around my fingernails to where they bleed and at work since my hands get dirty I chew the inside of cheeks and lips. I'm almost always in some sort of pain. You have no idea how relieved I feel that I am not alone. I wish that I could stop but nothing I have tried helps. At all. Thank you for sharing your story. -Anna
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August 18, 2014

I do pick at the bottom of my feet, especially when there is hard skin on the pad by my big toe. I have spent a good hour or two trying to make a indent to work with. Thanks for sharing
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September 03, 2014

Man o man I am with you guys all the way. I pick all the time. What made me come across this site is I was looking up the damage that picking can cause on your heels cause I haven't been able to walk well for the last week or so. It hurts so bad. I pick alot but its amazing that I only two small spots that brought blood and I am in this much pain. I knew picking was common but no one talks about it. My fiance hates it but I cant help. I sneek to do it when he is around. Its sad. Just wanted to share my story. Thanks
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September 08, 2014

I'm 17 and I pick at my feet obsessively, I use instruments such as pins, safety pins, and other sharp objects to poke under my skin and rip it up. I've caused myself a lot of discomfort when walking around school, and walking around my job. I've been picking at my skin since I can remember, and whenever I feel anxious I pick the most. I'd love to know how to stop and where to start to stop. I used to pick at my fingers around my nails, but that became to noticeable and so now I stick with picking anywhere on my foot I can find hard skin that's easy to pick. I often pick until I can't take the pain anymore or I'm bleeding really badly. I need help from this problem and I don't know where to start, I'm just glad I'm not alone, it's very addicting!
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September 21, 2014

Hi I just wanted to say thank you so much for sharing your story in the comments. I am new here and was looking to see if anybody else picked at the bottom of their feet. I am also 17 and I've never talked to anyone about this, I feel like no one understands. My family just yell at me to stop and my mum gets so angry when she sees me do it. I donk know how to stop though. I pick at my feet till the point where they are bleeding and it's too painful to even walk. I am so ashamed and embarrassed. Like you I also used to pick at my fingers but I found that people noticed more and I felt ugly and isolated so I moved to my feet so no one at school can see.
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October 13, 2014

I believe this is a FUNGAL INFECTION called "Mocassin Feet," which is extremely resistant to treatment. It is a sign that there is an imbalance of Candida in your system (a problem called Candidiasis), which can be treated with the guidance of a Naturopath or Herbalist (the podiatrists I have talked to have not been helpful). A change of diet -- especially cutting out alcohol and limiting sugar and yeast intake -- plus anti-viral medications or herbs (such as P'au D'Arco, oil of oregano, and garlic) can solve the problem. Making these changes under the guidance of a naturopath or herbalist is recommended as there is a danger of Candida "Die Off," which can make you very sick. The process must be done carefully over time. I have started this process and will post again in the future. Best of luck to all of us!
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November 24, 2014

It is possible that foot pickers have something called "Moccasin Feet," which is fungal and very hard to cure without internal medicine (such as Lamisal) or natural cures, including powerful probiotics combined with garlic, colloidal silver, Pau D'arco, oil of oregano, black walnut extract, and others. These cures should be taken VERY carefully because when the Candida organisms are killed they become toxic to the system. The fungus lives on the bottoms of your feet as a result of an excess of Candida in your system. Symptoms of "Candidiasis" are supposed to get worse before they get better. I suggest that you all Google "Moccasin Foot" as well as "Candidiasis." Many of us are picking at our feet because there really IS something foreign there to pick at (white and spongy after a bath or swim?). You are not crazy! Western medicine does not seem to address this problem, so please see an enlightened Naturapath or herbalist who can supervise the process because "Die Off" can land you in the E.R.. Good luck and take care!
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December 04, 2014

If you ever find a way to stop, let me know! Female, 18. I've been in the same rut as you for years! I pick at my feet til they bleed, sometimes I even use fingernail clippers and eat the skin. Ugh, it seems so easy to stop but it's not. I don't even know what's causing it.
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December 04, 2014

If you ever find a way to stop, let me know! Female, 18. I've been in the same rut as you for years! I pick at my feet til they bleed, sometimes I even use fingernail clippers and eat the skin. Ugh, it seems so easy to stop but it's not. I don't even know what's causing it.
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December 24, 2015

I have been doing this since I was 4 years old. I would slither around my mother and steal the nail clippers and clip the skin to get an easier place tostart picking. Now, I am older and use scissors or an knife to get in and peel. Its gotten to the point where I bleed and painful to walk. I will stop for a couple of days and start again. No matterthe pain I will rip the skin off. I do this to my big toes andmy heels.
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August 23, 2016

Omg i do this exact same thing! mine is my right big toe that I've been picking at ever since I was in highschool (am 34 now). everytime the callous grows back it feels so big, painful and it feels like an itch that I can't get rid of which makes me wanna pick at it every time till it gets super sore and bleeds. I use a box cutter i find that box cutters seemed to work much better at removing the callous. also developed a stranger habit of getting a ballpoint pen and pressing it in one spot on my toe for some reason i get relief off doing this and then cutting that skin out again after awhile when pen marks start becoming more darker. curious to know if you pick at your left or your right big toe? and what type of knife do you use to cut it off with?
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December 24, 2015

I have been doing this since I was 4 years old. I would slither around my mother and steal the nail clippers and clip the skin to get an easier place tostart picking. Now, I am older and use scissors or an knife to get in and peel. Its gotten to the point where I bleed and painful to walk. I will stop for a couple of days and start again. No matterthe pain I will rip the skin off. I do this to my big toes andmy heels.
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December 24, 2015

I have been doing this since I was 4 years old. I would slither around my mother and steal the nail clippers and clip the skin to get an easier place tostart picking. Now, I am older and use scissors or an knife to get in and peel. Its gotten to the point where I bleed and painful to walk. I will stop for a couple of days and start again. No matterthe pain I will rip the skin off. I do this to my big toes andmy heels.
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December 24, 2015

I have been doing this since I was 4 years old. I would slither around my mother and steal the nail clippers and clip the skin to get an easier place tostart picking. Now, I am older and use scissors or an knife to get in and peel. Its gotten to the point where I bleed and painful to walk. I will stop for a couple of days and start again. No matterthe pain I will rip the skin off. I do this to my big toes andmy heels.
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December 24, 2015

I have been doing this since I was 4 years old. I would slither around my mother and steal the nail clippers and clip the skin to get an easier place tostart picking. Now, I am older and use scissors or an knife to get in and peel. Its gotten to the point where I bleed and painful to walk. I will stop for a couple of days and start again. No matterthe pain I will rip the skin off. I do this to my big toes andmy heels.
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March 24, 2016

Hi my names Rebecca, and I do have something that works for me sometimes when i pick at the bottom of my feet where it starts to bleed it is pretty painful and you have to wear closed in shoes. So what I do which works for me normally I don't pick so often to the point it bleeds it has happened a couple times though, but anyways I found something that works for me and hopefully it will work for some people who are reading this Pedicures do help it helps smoothen out the skin takes all the dead skin off however it is a little embarrassing when you show your feet wet but it really does help they smooth the bottom of your feet with a stone and also remove the dead skin. But here's a really effective thing... Use VASALINE it really does work because it deals the open wounds so what I do is I'll wash my feet or foot that got to picked at and I'll try it and put VASALINE in the back of where it's cut and after put clean socks on. I did this before a couple times the next morning I woke up it was healed and I hardly had pain so maybe try this. Hope this was helpful :)
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July 15, 2016

I cant believe there are others out there that do this like me.. Im pretty ashamed. Idk why I find pleasure in it but I do. Ill come home from work and the its THW first thing i do.. Im 19 too and tonight is the first night ive actually thought about it.
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August 23, 2016

Have been researching fungus and parasites, which leads to autoimmune issues, and believe that these foot callouses and urge to pick and remove them is due to either fungal infection and:or infestation of some sort. For me, it has become systemi and needs to be treated from the inside out. The doctors I have seen no nothing about this issue and the home remedies I have tried are helpful but are not effective enough. More research needed, but I have been experiencing symptoms of what is called myiasis. Have seen treatment suggestions on Curezone site. I also intend to contact Dr. Mercola about this. Have started to look into Morgellons as well. I do not believe this is purely neuroses but that there are real physical reasons behind these issues. I hope we can all find an answer and remedy soon.
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August 23, 2016

Have been researching fungus and parasites, which leads to autoimmune issues, and believe that these foot callouses and urge to pick and remove them is due to either fungal infection and:or infestation of some sort. For me, it has become systemi and needs to be treated from the inside out. The doctors I have seen no nothing about this issue and the home remedies I have tried are helpful but are not effective enough. More research needed, but I have been experiencing symptoms of what is called myiasis. Have seen treatment suggestions on Curezone site. I also intend to contact Dr. Mercola about this. Have started to look into Morgellons as well. I do not believe this is purely neuroses but that there are real physical reasons behind these issues. I hope we can all find an answer and remedy soon.
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October 04, 2017

I actually just did this. I will register that im doing it and want to stop but just can't. I feel your pain
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October 04, 2017

I actually just did this. I will register that im doing it and want to stop but just can't. I feel your pain
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December 31, 2017

I pick the bottom of my feet excessively. I mainly pick the heels and mid sole. I walk a lot on my tip toes but have learnt to hide it well and practice walking on my toes but look like I’m walking normally with a bit of a limp. If my feet are bare then I will pick. My right foot is pretty raw at the moment but I will still pick, there is a sordid sense of satisfaction from the pain even though I’m making myself bleed. I’m ashamed of it and wasn’t to stop but I can’t.
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February 04, 2018

Hi, I'm new too. I also pick under my foot, almost taking a layer of skin off. I also pick on my upper arm, that one I pull the scabs off even though it's sore and it bleeds, it's not infected but it is hotter when you touch that paet compared to the other part of my arm which is cool. I also pick at my scalp, not as bad as I used to, it used to be sore to brush my hair at times. I also bite the inside of my cheek and also my nails. It's so embarrassing to talk about it and sounds so vile when you say it or type it. It's sore but relaxing in some weird way, if my family tell me to stop I get so agitated and then go for a place they can't see me doing it, or wait untill they have forgotten. Stress aggravates it, but I can be driving, watching tv, reading, well most things. I'm "glad" there are other people like me, it helps and makes me feel less crazy.
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April 05, 2018

I also pick at the bottom of my feet, I have for yrs as with my fingertips. I think its a stress or anxiety with me anyway Many yrs ago when I was a child I used to pick my fingers so badly, they would be covered in blood and not feel much pain. Its my thumb, pointer and middle fingers of both hands. With my feet I take thick chunks of skin from heal area and ball of feet. It hurts to walk at times even with shoes. I don't always do this but go through stages of picking. My feet are very sensative always. I only found this site last night out of curiousity of hand feet picking. I also eat majority of skin I pick. Its humiliating having fingers looking horrid in public but in stages of anxiety etc its so hard to stop picking Its great knowing theirs a label to this and others suffers also, its a horrible thing to go through but knowing others experience this too makes one feel not alone in this. We have a disorder and are not freaks, I've felt like I'm a freak for many yrs and hope support understanding and recovery can help all with this
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June 14, 2018

Omg Jadiegirl... I have the same issue with picking under my feet... Its painful.. It bleeds.... It becomes painful to walk... And I just can't stop.... I always wondered if I was the only person who did this.... Does anyone knows what may cause this??
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September 19, 2018

Wow, I thought I was the only one! As a child I had some traumatic things happen to me, and this is where I remember starting to pick the bottom side of my big toe. On occasion I'll have a hay day on my heel as well. I've done this for 23 years. I also tried biting my nails to the quick to prevent me from pickong...but then I discovered fingernail clippers can assist my picking endeavour, I will clip the dry piece and now I have an advantage to pick even with NO FINGERNAILS. Last week I went on a picking event, and I've found that although my toe is healed with fresh new skin...i am finding that my toe underside feels very tender when I walk.... Have you experienced this? I'm afraid I've reached my maximum skin growth?
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May 12, 2019

I have the same exact problem. Actually joined the site to hopefully get tips so I can stop. It's starting to affect the way I'm walking and seriously pissing off my husband. I've been trying to keep it from us m but he always notices.
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July 10, 2019

Idk if ull see this but i to pick my feet compulsively.
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July 10, 2019

Idk if ull see this but i to pick my feet compulsively.
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September 06, 2019

I pick my feet and fingers. I used to be much worse as a child. I couldn't wear nail polish like the other girls because the fumes would burn my skin. I always had open sores on my fingers and toes. I have recently been attacking my left foot, on the side. Its so dry, I rub it and it comes off in little sheets. I don't know why that is so satisfying. I chew the skin pieces that come off. Under stress I pick my feet so badly that they bleed and I have trouble walking. I will be limping because of the horrible pain. Sigh... As a child, if anyone noticed my torn up skin I would blame my cats! Later on I said it was glue Iwould put on there to peel off (which I also enjoyed). And finally, really bad dry skin. I am 36 now and cannot stop. It gets worse when I drink alcohol. I may have an alcohol binge and wake up finding that I have ripped up my poor feet.

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