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My hands and feet are in a terrible state... What can I do about it?

Chemotherapy and targeted treatments can lead to significant side effects on the hands and feet: redness (which can be intense), thickening of the skin and pain around contact zones, chapping, cracking and dryness, etc. (This is sometimes referred to as hand-foot syndrome). The resulting discomfort and pain can be extremely disabling, and in some cases can even force patients to stop the treatments producing the side effects.

I started to feel a lot of pain on the soles of my feet, I thought it was caused by my new shoes but no: it turned out to be a side effect of my cancer treatment. Now I really look after my hands and feet, it’s so important.

Our advice

  • Avoid walking for long periods at a time, make sure your shoes are not too tight and wear cotton socks.
  • Wear cotton gloves for day-to-day tasks, and latex gloves for housework.
  • Use suitable products for your everyday skin care routine (refer to page 6 and 7 in the brochure for more information).
  • Apply emollients and restorative products.
  • Use occlusive bandages such as hydrocolloid dressings if need be.
  • Consult a podiatrist if necessary.
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