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TLC Has A New Show About Foot Doctors And People Are Comparing It To ‘Dr. Pimple Popper’

It's both disgusting and satisfying!

A new TLC show is all about people suffering from foot conditions, and it’s earning comparisons to another popular show on the network, “Dr. Pimple Popper.”

“My Feet Are Killing Me” debuted on Jan. 2, 2020, and it follows foot and ankle surgeons Dr. Ebonie Vincent and Dr. Brad Schaeffer as they deal with interesting cases. Patients shown on the nine-part series are dealing with problems from wart clusters and fungus to conditions that require full foot reconstruction.

As it shows these complex medical conditions in graphic detail, the show is not bound to be everyone’s cup of tea. However, for those who have a morbid fascination with what some might call disgusting, it just may be their new TV addiction.

Check out TLC’s promotion for the new series on Instagram below:

“It was clear, following the debut of ‘Dr. Pimple Popper,’ that our audience was craving even more powerful and heartwarming stories of medical transformations,” Howard Lee, president and GM of TLC, said in a statement. “With ‘My Feet Are Killing Me,’ we’re beyond excited for viewers to fall in love with Dr. Ebonie and Dr. Brad, who are tops in their field as well as exceedingly compassionate caregivers to their desperate patients. As with all series in TLC’s popular medical genre, we bring viewers along on emotional rollercoaster journeys through to their uplifting conclusions.”

Each episode features three patients with unusual foot conditions, who need the doctors’ help to transform their lives. TLC says personal stories include that of a paranormal romance novelist with a sixth toe on one foot, an athlete with two different-sized feet, a dancer with a bunion and a man with gigantic feet.

TLC also posted a promotional video so you can check out what’s in store:

So far, comments have been positive about the first episode of show — from those who can stomach the images, anyway.

One Instagram commenter on the video, @anita2nene, said, “This is gonna be one of my favorite shows!”

Dr. Pimple Popper” follows Dr. Sandra Lee, a top dermatologist who tackles unique skin conditions like Rhinophyma, which causes a buildup of tissue on the nose, resulting in the appearance of two noses.

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If people’s interest in these gross phenomena boggles your mind, psychology has an explanation.

“P.T. Barnum had it right — we want a taste of the other side,” Dr. Adam Friedman, professor of dermatology at the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C., told NBC’s “Today.” “We want to see, not be, that which is abnormal, grotesque or just plain different. Inherently we are curious creatures, and Dr. Lee offers a window into a new world for the viewing public.”

“My Feet Are Killing Me” airs on Thursdays at 10:00 p.m. ET on TLC.