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Forum Name: Fungal infections

Question: dark blotches around the lateral malleolus

 acautus - Sun Oct 11, 2009 12:35 am

My daughter's feet have dark blotches (patches) , one on each side of the skin area of the lateral malleolus. They look kind of blue black, very dry and not painful according to her. She did not pay attention to them and now the skin is kind of 'rough' and 'dried'.

My daughter likes to wear sneakers, running shoes all the time. Are these blotches caused by 'bad shoes'? Or is there an issue with her gait and the way she walks that caused this condition?

How harmful are these blotches and what can be done to clear the blotches and get the skin to heal back to normal?

Is this condition something to worry about??

Thank you.

 Dr.M.jagesh kamath - Sun Oct 11, 2009 9:59 pm

User avatar Hello,From what you describe the lesions on the lateral side of legs both sides associated with dryness indicate a pressure induced problem than any skin disesase.She may need to change the footwear which could be the cause.When the skin responds to pressure sometimes it throws at excesive keratin which accumlates and cause dry nonitchy patches in the pressure areas.Best treated with external applications like vaseline.Some may need keratolytics like salycilic acid 6 percent.If it persists do consult a dermatologist.Best wishes.

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