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Tried to remove hard skin on foot pads with blade. I think I took too much, and drew blood on both feet. I can hardly walk. I have spinal cord problems and can't feel pain.

Thank you for contacting us. IPFH does not diagnose conditions or provide medical advice on line. Having said that, we would be very firm in stating that you should NEVER use a blade - whether a razor, a knife, or a scalpel - to try to remove dead skin from your feet, especially if you have neuropathy, reduced blood flow or other conditions that compromise the sensation in your feet. In fact, it is not a good idea to do this under any circumstance, even if you have full sensation and healthy feet. It is always best to have such debridement, as it is called, done by a foot health professional. In this case, your best bet would be to see a podiatrist regularly for such procedures. Our strong recommendation is that you consult your primary care doctor or a foot health professional immediately, so that he or she can determine if you have done any serious damage to your feet, and provide whatever treatment recommendations might be appropriate. We hope you will do this quickly, since there is a risk of infection, and you note that you can hardly walk. We wish you a full and speedy recovery.

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