'My Feet Are Killing Me': What's wrong with Basel's feet? Unique case shocks Dr Brad Schaeffer

'My Feet Are Killing Me': What's wrong with Basel's feet? Unique case shocks Dr Brad Schaeffer
Dr Brad Schaeffer as seen on 'My Feet Are Killing Me' (TLC)

No one does it quite like Dr Brad Schaeffer, Dr Ebonie Vincent, and Dr Sarah Haller when it comes to changing lives. The stars of TLC's 'My Feet Are Killing Me' see many patients who deal with severe foot issues that often prevent them from living their lives normally. However, the trio has always managed to help those in need.

In the previous seasons, we saw the doctors deal with webbed feet, Proteus Syndrome and even potentially cancerous growths. But with their years of expertise and training, they have also managed to help resolve these issues that can sometimes even be life-threatening.


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The synopsis of episode one read, "A man with horns on his feet, a woman whose foot went through a windshield, and a guy that has "dead man's feet" create mysterious challenges for Dr Brad and Dr Ebonie."

Medical knowledge aside, it is also quintessential for doctors to make their patients feeling absolutely comfortable. This is so that they are not discouraged from getting treatment for their various issues, which, apart from ruining their heath, can also prove to be a source of embarrassment. In cases like these, having a strong sense of empathy is critical.


When Dr Brad Schaeffer got a call from his patient, Basel, an elderly gentleman, he assumed that the man had callouses on his feet and hoped a standard medical procedure would help fix the issue. While talking to Basel, he described his medical condition has one where there were growths on his feet encompassing it entirely. He even compared it to barnacles on the side of the boat.

While Dr Brad Schaeffer was rather amused at the interesting analogy, nothing quite prepared him for what came next. He was warned that the smell would be relatively strong, but as he peeled his patient's socks off, he was in for a surprise.

Dr Schaeffer even described taking the sock off like it was pulling off velcro, seeing that Basel had growth all over the sole of his foot. It was hard and flaky and definitely required medical attention. He even stated that he is usually relatively calm and composed during situations like these, but he wasn't quite expecting what he uncovered, and it caught him off guard, as he had never seen anything like this before

'My Feet Are Killing Me' premieres on Wednesday, August 4 at 10 pm EST on TLC.

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