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Misdiagnosis – Logic goes a long way ( when on foot)

“Funny” Medical Mishaps
By Korifaeus

The following was a (funny ) misdiagnosis incident that took place three weeks ago in Los Angeles.

Mister X’s toes were itching, thus he scratched and observes tiny little bumps between his toes. After about a week, with the itching not going away he sees his primary Physician at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, who looks at it, assures him it’s nothing serious, and gives him a steroidal anti-fungus creme to be applied on his toes. A conservative approach.

Mister X suffers from ingrown toenails on his two big toes, thus sees his Podiatrist, also at Cedars Sinai, the following day in need to have his toenails cut, thus while at the Podiatrist points out the little red bumps between his smaller toes, and single red bump on top each of his big toes.

The Podiatrist diagnoses it as a foot-fungus and takes a small biopsy from the side of a smaller toe. He then prescribes Mister X an anti-fungus creme that costs $114.00 ( one hundred and fourteen dollars ).

Since it may well be a skin-problem, Mister X sees his Dermatologist a day later, also at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, to get a second opinion. The Dermatologist instantly assures Mister X it is NOT a fungus, but what it is exactly he doesn’t know, he says. But to make sure the red bump on each of Mister X’s big toes is harmless, he takes a biopsy.

Both biopsies, of Podiatrist and Dermatologist come back negative for fungus, with no signs of abnormal cells. The Dermatologist reassures Mister X it is not a fungus and the little bumps may have been an allergic reaction to something.

Finally Mister X, after having seen three Physicians, shows his toes to a Diagnostician who looks at Mister X’s feet, then with a grin on his face asks Mister X if he had worn tight shoes a week or two before. ” Yes”, states Mister X and tells the Diagnostician that he’d worn the tight shoes with thick socks and his toes began hurting him after a while.

Grinning to himself, the Diagnostician then asked Mister X if his toenails were somewhat longer when wearing the tight shoes. ” Yes”, responds Mister X, telling the Diagnostician that the longish toenails were the reason he went to the Podiatrist in the first place.

The Diagnostician then pointed out to Mister X that he has a Greek foot, with the toes all in an angle…
(see picture below)

…..and the little wounds/ bumps between his toes were caused by the toenails next to the affected toes, thus puncture wounds from the toenails. The Diagnostician then showed Mister X how each of the little bumps were exactly on the level of the toenails next to them, pressing into the flesh of the sides of the toes when wearing the tight shoes, which is not unusual for people with Egyptian or Greek feet when the toenails are a bit longer, he explains.
(see picture below)

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Should some of you wonder why there’s constantly a hole in the front of your socks, suspecting the closet is full of moths, check if your big toe nails need to be cut before calling for the terminator, have the house fumigated with insecticide, or think of moving or selling your house. 😉



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