Re: Skin question
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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.
Last edited by FootDoc; 16th December 2008 at 10:48 PM.