Myositis is sometimes accompanied by other conditions, one of those being a newer finding called “Hiker’s Feet.” This is a type of related finding as that of Mechanic’s Hands that is part of a diagnostic finding mainly in those with Dermatomyositis and Antisynthetase Syndrome.
Those who experience “Hiker’s Feet” have described it as being painful. The basics of what it is, as described by researchers, “hyperkeratosis of the toes and plantar surface of the feet” just as Mechanic’s Hands does to the hands and fingers.
The term to describe this has been “mechanic’s feet” though the researchers have proposed the term “hiker’s feet,” since it resembles a callousing pattern more typical of hikers or long-distance walkers.
Prevalence data are not known. If the presenting signs of Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathies (IIM’s) are expanded to include hiker’s feet, it could help in not only diagnosis and management but also provide insights into the pathophysiology of these diseases.
See the study from which our information is based: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28389987
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