Painful Red Skin Rash on Foot

by Ian
(London)

Unknown red skin rash on foot (bottom foot) and swollen red foot caused by a bug bite (top foot).

Unknown red skin rash on foot (bottom foot) and swollen red foot caused by a bug bite (top foot).

I first had this skin care problem in the United States about ten years ago when I was 19 years old and football coaching. I thought the skin rash was caused by the new socks and football boots that I had to wear or it could have been caused by stepping on grass that had chemicals applied on it. However, every holiday since then I have had the rash and it is getting worse. Usually by the 3rd to 5th day of the holiday the rash on the foot starts to appear on the skin. I thought that perhaps sand and the skin on my foot rubbing against the flip flop causes the rash to appear but when I was in United States, I was not near any sand. It always seems to happen when I wear flip flops and it is hot. However, I wear flip flops at home around the house all the time with no problem with the foot rash.

One doctor says the problem is that my feet cannot sweat? The foot rash does not itch but it does hurt, like the feeling you get when someone presses on a bruise on your skin. The rash on my foot swells up a bit and sometimes it is painful to walk or put shoes on.

I am travelling in December and I want to be able to fix this foot rash skin problem or prevent it from happening. Does anyone have any ideas as to what this could be? Or does anyone have any ideas what I should be doing to stop the foot rash from appearing or any recommendations for medications to relieve the foot rash? I have included a picture to help with the diagnosis. The bottom foot is the rash on the foot that I have described above. The top foot is red and swollen due to a bug bite and is not the typical red foot rash that I get when on vacation.

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Mar 15, 2016
Idiopathic Palmoplantar Hidradenitis
by: Angie

Hi guys. I think this is a condition called recurrent idiopathic palmoplantar hidradenitis you are suffering from. It is not clear why this happens but has been associated with all the things you are mentioning.

You may want to pack some Ibuprofen next time you are travelling and keep the feet in the shade or cool them.

Feb 13, 2016
Like Walking on Painful Blisters
by: TLC

I've had the same rash for 25 years. It comes and goes. Initially a doctor said it could be an allergy to sand mite but that I would never be sure. I got it badly yesterday. It was hot and I had enclosed shoes. It is very painful. I sometimes have it on my hands but never as severe or painful as my feet. It's like walking on very painful blisters. Would love to know what it is. I'm in Australia and it's usually during the summer.

Aug 25, 2015
I have the same issue.
by: Dave

Hi, I have the same problem it seems.

I live in Sweden where it's typically only 1-2 months of weather hot enough to trigger this issue. Each summer, I get these sore red spots on the bottom of my feet. The first ones tend to be quite small, but they seem to either grow or get replaced by larger ones as the hot days go by. Darker red than the surrounding skin, a bit flexible to the touch like the tissue under the skin is damaged, but no fluid like with blisters.

Walking barefoot on hard surfaces (and even in some shoes) hurts with every step I take. After a few weeks it typically goes away.

I don't think it is related to allergies or due to travel since it always happen after a few days in hot weather, no matter if it's on a vacation trip in winter or at home in summer.

If anyone has any new insights, I would love to hear!

Apr 07, 2015
Swimmers Itch
by: Sympathetic

Bring fresh water with you to rinse off your feet after the beach or jump in the shower immediately after. It gets worse each time you get it.

Jun 06, 2014
Action!
by: Anonymous

Next time anyone gets it. Take photos. In the UK there is a programme called embarrassing bodies and you can email in your photos and the experts tell you what's up.

Jun 06, 2014
None the Wiser
by: Ian

I forgot about this post. To be honest, I haven't had it bad for a while now. I still have no clue what it is or what causes it. I take an anti-inflammatory usually before I go away and while I'm away, I try to stop my feet from getting too hot by having my feet dangling in the pool or sea if I can. Three things I noticed is that it is linked to: heat, holidays, and new socks/shoes.

Keep searching for the answer. I am guessing it will never go and sometimes it can be a total bitch!

Jun 06, 2014
Same Rash After Wearing Sandals
by: Anonymous

I struggle with this rash all summer also. It seems to appear after I start wearing sandals or flip flops. It hurts really bad to walk, like a sharp pain. Sorry I can't help with the cause, but I'm glad to know that I am not alone.

Sep 12, 2013
Extensive Research...
by: Anonymous

Since you are going from colder weather to warmer weather, it could be photosensitive contact dermatitis/eczema or look up chillblains. Let me know if you are able to self-diagnose.

Jul 18, 2013
Looks Like Mild Eczema
by: Anonymous

This looks like mild eczema and I say mild because the pictures of how awful it can be are very disturbing. My son had places like this on the inside of his elbow crooks and backs of his knees. His did look worse when he was hot, or got wet. I'm thinking it is usually allergy related. When you are on vacation, do you eat foods that you never eat at home, like perhaps seafood?

May 28, 2013
Foot Rash
by: Brian

I have had the same rash for more than 15 years and it started at the beginning of the summer when I first started to wear flipflops regularly. It has happened in at least three separate locations. Anyone have an idea what it could be or better yet a treatment.

Nov 30, 2012
Update on Foot Rash
by: Ian

Very strange, I am kind of glad that I'm not the only one getting it. When I travelled for the 1st few weeks I had it. However, thankfully it is not as bad as the picture above which was in Ibiza. The remaining seven months of my trip were all in hot countries and I didn't get it, which was great. However, I am still none the wiser.

It looks like my feet get a shock when I go to hot countries, especially in the first ten days. Once the feet had their trauma event they go back to normal.

I can guarantee however that as soon as I go on my first week of holidays, I will get the painful red skin rash on my feet again and as per usual ruin my holiday. It would be great to get a diagnosis, any dermatologists on here?

All I know is bathing them in cold sea or pool water/ice makes the skin condition better. Let's keep searching lads as this foot rash is very annoying!

Nov 29, 2012
Foot Rash
by: Johhny Jet

I am yet another with the same foot problem. The photos shown are the same as I am experiencing. Does anyone have an answer?

Nov 05, 2012
Foot Rash Travelin Blues
by: Brian in Seattle

My friend, I have what you have and cannot get an answer from any doctor. This is the first picture I have seen that looks like my rash. Your comment about traveling is what really got my attention. Every year since 1986 I have left cold Seattle for a mid winter vacation in warmer climates like Mexico or Hawaii. While I enjoy the heat on these breaks I eventually get the red bloches on my feet that cause embarrassment on the beach or around the pool. It goes away by the time I get home so I began to show doctors on my trips. On a cruise ship I bet the doctor he could not figure it out. He emailed photos to a university but no confirmation. No answer. I can't help but think about the air travel because at home in the warmer summers here I have no problem. I feel for you. What is the answer?

Sep 14, 2012
Same Rash on Foot Problem
by: Anonymous

I went to a fair and walked around all day in flip flops and it was very hot outside. I have the same looking rash on my heels and it's smooth to the touch, doesn't itch, but hurts a lot. It started out feeling like someone was pressing on a bruise just like you said but now it feels more like razor blades digging into the skin whenever I put pressure on my feet. I was wondering if you have been able to get any answers to your rash as to what it might be?

Jan 05, 2012
A similar itchy and painful foot problem.
by: Justin

This morning I woke up and I was fine. I put on a new pair of socks (not washed) and my shoes that I have worn many times and went on about my business. Aboout 3-4 hours later, I started feeling some itching on my feet in my shoes and it was extremely painful. So when I got home and looked at my feet I could not believe what I was seeing. I had swollen red feet with red bumps all over them. I don't know if we have the same thing or not but it looks the same and I am thinking that the cause is the chemicals in the socks that were not washed properly. I could be wrong but I know it is very painful. So my question to you is do you wash your new socks before you put them on? I hope you are feeling better, but my pain has just begun.

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