I've learned to live with this, but would love to learn of a cure. My dermatologist suggested a urea-based cream, Flexitol, that does soften the skin, but if I stop using the cream, the scaly skin returns within less than a week.
On many backpacking trips in the 1970s, I shared socks with a colleague who had this condition and I'm pretty sure I must have picked it up from him. He said it was a fungus he had developed in a Philippine jungle.
I've tried ALL of the over-the-counter treatments for athlete's foot, but nothing permanently makes this condition go away. I've had athlete's foot and this really is different--no itching or burning, only terribly dry, thick, cracked skin--and only on the knuckles of the big toes, no other toes and nowhere else on my body.
Thanks to anyone who has information or ideas!View Thread