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Old 16th December 2008, 09:28 PM
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JUst a couple wierd curiosity questions, nothing to do with needing a diagnosis or anything... I know that being non-weight bearing atrophy's your muscles, leg/foot gets smaller, and all that stuff. I've always heard or thought that using muscles keeps the blood flowing. I've been non-weight bearing for six weeks because of a foot injury. (I understand my injury and all that) I've had the cast off for two. Is it a decrease in blood flow from lack of use that is still causing my skin to feel kind of "paper-y" (for lack of a better term). I used quite a bit of moisturizer to get it to stop peeling when the cast came off. Also, I noticed something else that sounds totally off the wall. The toe nails on my injured foot have not been growing as fast as on my good foot. Being non-weight bearing has given me waaaaay too much time on hands apparently if I'm thinking of this stuff. I don't see my doctor until next Monday and like I said, i was just curious.
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Old 16th December 2008, 10:40 PM
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Although CHRONIC lack of circulation certainly can cause thin, shiny and atrophic skin of the extremities, if I had to guess . . and that's all I can do in your case, as I have nothing else to go on . . . your situation is more likely one where the dead outer layer of skin cells is not being sufficiently sloughed off, as is normal by friction between clothing and the skin during activity. There is normally continual production of new skin cell at the deepest layer, and then the skin cells mature and migrate upward, eventually becoming dead epidermal cells which slough off by friction. This is even more evident when first taking notice of one's skin after intitial removal of a cast on a body part in which that part has been encased for several weeks. I don't know that you can really judge the rate of growth of your toenails, as even normal growth rates are often inconsistent and irregular. Finally, I agree that being inactive allows for greater notice of mundane minutia which may have been going on all the time and were going basically unnoticed because you had more productive things to do. If you have more than curiosity, and really suspect a problem, I would recommend that you consult a dermatologist.
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Old 19th December 2008, 11:42 PM
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I don't know that you can really judge the rate of growth of your toenails, as even normal growth rates are often inconsistent and irregular.



Wha-wha-what? Is this diet and/or general health related? I've never heard this before. Thanks
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You may never have heard of this before, but there are many situations, conditions and diseases, both systemic and local which can affect the growth rate of both toe and finger nails as well as other epidermal structures.
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