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A 41-year-old member asked:

what are the complications of amputating toe?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Not many.: If it is the large toe, one would have difficulty propulsing but definately still able to walk. If it is a second toe, the large toe can drift towards the third. When possible, the surgeon might try to leave the base of a second toe could act as a spacer.
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 15 years experience
Wound healing: If the surgical site is not closed then wound healing is the biggest problem. If the site is closed and you heal normally, there really are not many complications. You may get some deviation of the lesser digits depending on which toe was amputated. When the great toe is apmutated you may experience some balance probelms at first but generally recover quickly and lead a normal life.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

How could I treat a dislocated big toe?

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Dr. Jennifer Bontreger
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See a MD/DO or DPM: I would see a physician or podiatrist that would feel comfortable reducing it. Before doing so, i would advise that you have xrays done prior to determine if there is a broken bone present, not just in the toe, but in the bone adjacent to the toe, called the metatarsal.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

Will a weird curved toe every fix itself on its own?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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No: You need some of treatment, the sooner the better.
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A 56-year-old member asked:

Thickening toe nails?

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Dr. Frank Pinto
Dermatology 36 years experience
Maybe fungus?: When patients (and many non-dermatologist physicians) see this problem they automatically assume it's a fungal infection but this is only true about 50% of the time. There are several other non-infectious causes of thickened nails including psoriasis, chronic friction/trauma, and hereditary causes. See a dermatologist who may want to take a sample of the nails for a fungal culture and/or biopsy.
A 45-year-old member asked:

I have a teensy tiny shard of glass stuck in my toe. I tried to get it out but couldn't. Advice?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
See PCP: A small spec of glass causes a foreign body reaction and can give increased sensitization to that area. Glass may not show up on x-ray, ultrasound or other imaging. Often, it will "work it's way out" and you will be rid of it. If not, your pcp, surgeon or other medical professional may have to explore the area under a local anesthetic and attempt to remove the foreign body.
A 27-year-old male asked:

How long do you need to stay off of a toe that has a spur but isnt broken?

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Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 31 years experience
Depends on a lot: Rest will not make a spur go away. Allevating the pressure on the toe which caused the spur to form is the key. If the area is inflammed and sore, rest may be helpful for a while. If the cause is not addressed, then the problem will return in a short time. The problem could be shoe pressure or pressure from another toe or another deformity.

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