A person suffering from a strange disease is forced to walk on all fours
LONDON: An elderly man in Britain walks on all fours like an infant in his home despite his ability to walk. It is caused by a rare disease which causes severe inflammation like fire in the soles of the feet.
Alan Bentley, 63, of Staffordshire, suffers from a strange condition called ‘Olmsted Syndrome’. I have yellow fur-like scales on the soles of my feet which do not irritate but give the impression of fire. It is even impossible for a patient to set foot on the ground.
Now Allen walks around the house on all fours. Don’t get stuck in long queues and avoid walking. This condition occurred when they were children. An accurate assessment of his condition was made ten years ago. In his youth he thought of committing suicide many times but he endured everything in the hope of survival.
The disease is also known as Palmoplantarchiatoderma (PPK). The skin on the palms or soles of the feet becomes thick, yellow and extremely painful. Rare disease can affect one in a million people. Alan says his pain is indescribable and never goes away. However, it is also a genetic condition.
He was ridiculed in school and college, but he endured. At the age of eleven, he would scream if anyone touched his feet. Then at the age of 25 he started drinking and tried to commit suicide again but this time he could not act.
But now they are taking a medicine that helps them. The name of this medicine is Arlotinib which is used for pancreatic and lung cancer. Now they are using it and can walk for a while.