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Big toe pain hurts on side of toe on top of nail if I touch it it hurts is it due to recently foot fractured or is it something else going on?

Big toe pain hurts on side of toe on top of nail if I touch it it hurts is it due to recently foot fractured or is it something else going on?

Consult your doctor: Pain could be due to different reasons. Causes may include: trauma (fracture, ligamentous tear, arthritis), infection, metabolic conditions (gout), musculoskeletal or biomechanical abnormality, or a neurologic conditions (neuropathy). A history and physical exam and possibly laboratory and radiology exams could determine the cause. See your doctor and voice your concerns. ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Ingrown Toenail (Definition)

Also called onychocryptosis, this condition occurs when the margin of the nail impinges into the flesh (nail fold) on either side of the nail or even the end of the nail. This can lead to violation of the skin (paronychia) and open you up to infections. These are painful and can easily be treated ...Read more


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Hello, I have had numbness in my (l) foot for a yr all toes are involved except the the big toe, pain is in the ball of foot, my foot feels dead, ?

Hello, I have had numbness in my (l) foot for a yr all toes are involved except the the big toe, pain is in the ball of foot, my foot feels dead, ?

Should be evaluated: You may be experiencing symptoms of a neuroma or pinched nerve in your foot, or possible the beginnings of neuropathy. Would need to be examined and a full history taken to help determine what is going on. You should see your podiatrist or a neurologist. ...Read more

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Big toe pain one foot only. Bunion?

Gout?: I will add an alternative answer here. One toe pain with redness and swelling can also be gout. This is a very significant pain, however, and usually is accompanied by swelling and redness. Gout is easily diagnosed by your family physician. ...Read more

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When I flex my foot I feel a popping sound in my ankle and when I point my foot I feel pain at my 1st metatarsal by my big toe. Pain when walking?

When I flex my foot I feel a popping sound in my ankle and when I point my foot I feel pain at my 1st metatarsal by my big toe. Pain when walking?

May be tendon: You may have tendon issues. The popping could suggest that you have increased flexibility with hypermobility sometimes known as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. This is a mechanical issue with increased elasticity of your tissue. Exercise is one of the best therapies for this ...Read more

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My mothers foot big toe hurts - there are foot vessel occlusion - big toe pain hurts so bad I can not sleep - doctors said the report 'dorsalis pedis'?

My mothers foot big toe hurts - there are foot vessel occlusion - big toe pain hurts so bad I can not sleep - doctors said the report 'dorsalis pedis'?

See below: If they are showing an occlusion of the dorsalis pedis blood vessel then they should recommend treatment or referral to a vascular doctor for surgery or treatment for embolic disease.
The pain is due probably due to lack of blood flow. ...Read more

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Feel a tendon or something moving side to side in base of big toe. Pain and sometimes burning sensation when walking was after slamming side of foot?

Feel a tendon or something moving side to side in base of big toe. Pain and sometimes burning sensation when walking was after slamming side of foot?

Walk this Way.: There are quite a few structures that have the ability to move side to side, associated with the base of the big toe. A slamming injury could injure any one or more of them effecting the stability of the toe and toe joint. Pain and burning are the body's way of letting you know this. It is best to have the toe examined and possibly x-rayed to remove all doubt. ...Read more

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Sudden hard lump over big toe joint. Lots of pain. Can't wear sneaker. Ball of foot/ankle/big toe pain. Hard time walking. What could it be?

Sudden hard lump over big toe joint. Lots of pain. Can't wear sneaker. Ball of foot/ankle/big toe pain. Hard time walking. What could it be?

Possible mass: It is possible that you have a soft tissue mass over your big toe joint. If there is a history of trauma to the area, it could be a ganlionic cyst. An x-ray is needed to rule out any changes in the joint that could contribute to this condition. ...Read more

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Ingrown toenail I smashed my big toe and the nail eventuality fell off but it's curling inwards, is there anything I can do?

Ingrown toenail I smashed my big toe and the nail eventuality fell off but it's curling inwards, is there anything I can do?

Damaged nail: After you damage your nail, you have to be careful of ingrown toenails and weakly growing nails. Try to take an oral compound of zinc with biotin to help with the nail growth. Also apply a small amount of a topical antibiotic around the cuticle to help prevent an infection. See a podiatrist for treatment. ...Read more

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I have recurring ingrown toenails on my big toe. Did shoes cause this? My pedicurist removes the edge but it always returns. The nail is also thicker?

Aggrevate probably: Chronic ingrown toenails usually will require surgical correction if they persist. This can be performed in the office under local and usually without much, if any, down time. Have you podiatrist evaluate you problem and discuss options. Dr l. ...Read more

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Had ingrown toenail on big toe, removed it. Where toenail came off nail bed it won't grow back. I have half toenail on big toe. Why won't it grow back. Ty?

Had ingrown toenail on big toe, removed it. Where toenail came off nail bed it won't grow back. I have half toenail on big toe. Why won't it grow back. Ty?

In the Details.: Some toenail surgeries will allow the toenail to regrow. But, there are procedures that permanently stop the nail from regrowing. This variation is usually explained before the surgery is done and your consent given. Having said that, some times the nail root is stunted during the nail removal procedure. This can temporarily slow regrowth of the involved nail. You might check with the surgeon. ...Read more

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How can I know if this is an ingrown toenail on my big toe?

How can I know if this is an ingrown toenail on my big toe?

You will have pain: Due to poorly fitted narrow tipped shoes outer edge of nail big toe grows into flesh, causing pain, aggravates by wearing shoes. Some times you can see red flesh, pus at the edge of nail. It is time to see your dpm or md (most of md s do not perform toe nail surgery) to help you. ...Read more

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Ingrown toenail big toe hurts what can I do about it?

Ingrown toenail big toe hurts what can I do about it?

Follow RIPE: rest, -: Ice, pain meds (like NSAIDs) and elevate, as much as possible. Soaking in warm water can be helpful.
If its obviously infected, U will need some Antibiotics from your PCP.
Seeing an Orthopedist or a Podiatrist for definitive treatment will help.
Good Luck and Happy Holidays. ...Read more

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Professional ballet dancer with ingrown toenail on big toe growing sideways, what can be done as I have to dance?

Professional ballet dancer with ingrown toenail on big toe growing sideways, what can be done as I have to dance?

Excise nail spicule: It has to go or it will get more annoying and possibly locally infected given your activity. It may be just a simple tiny piece but that's all it takes... ...Read more

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I've a severely sore ingrown toenail I think. In my big toe. I've tried 2get it out several times and even when I think I got it, I don't can ya please help?

I've a severely sore ingrown toenail I think. In my big toe. I've tried 2get it out several times and even when I think I got it, I don't can ya please help?

Removal, antibiotics: If your ingrown nail is infected, you might need antibiotics, and maybe a nail procedure. Just the painful border can be removed, or the entire nail (you're numbed up for this, don't worry!). While waiting to see your doctor, soak the toe 10 min/day in luke warm water and epsom salts, use a small amount of topical antibiotic ointment, and cover with a bandaid. Don't go after it yourself! ...Read more

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Toe next to big toe is inflamed, bright red, pain but no pus. Pain keeping me up at night, no ingrown toenail, what could this be?

Toe next to big toe is inflamed, bright red, pain but no pus. Pain keeping me up at night, no ingrown toenail, what could this be?

Gout, pseudogout,: Infection such as GC are major causes of non-traumatic mono-articular arthritis. You need a medical evaluation if pain is this severe. ...Read more

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Several ingrown toenail removal surgeries on same big toe. Very tiny nail left - really ugly and embarassing. Are there fake toenails?

Several ingrown toenail removal surgeries on same big toe. Very tiny nail left - really ugly and embarassing. Are there fake toenails?

Yes: Many have total removal of nail and replace it with fake nails. Places where pedicures are done do it and some podiatrists do it as well. ...Read more

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My right big toe is infected and I think it's because of an ingrown toenail. Is there any at home remedies that can help before I can see a doctor?

My right big toe is infected and I think it's because of an ingrown toenail. Is there any at home remedies that can help before I can see a doctor?

Warm soak: You can try to soak it on warm water with Epsom salt. This kind of thing can however get worse, and often needs to be lanced, or have a portion if the nail removed. Typically an office based procedure with local anesthesia. I would see your doctor as soon as you can. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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My big toe hurts. Could it be an ingrown toenail?

My big toe hurts. Could it be an ingrown toenail?

Yes: If the pain is along the nail edge it could be ingrown. ...Read more

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Is this an ingrown toenail? My right big toe is swelling on the right side, but in the corner, it is not ingrown or swelling. Just on the right side border. Wondering, is this an ingrown toenail? It hurts to touch. Please note: the right side border of my

Probably: This is still likely an ingrown toenail. It doesn't have to be the tip only. It can be any portion of the side of the nail that is ingrown. It needs to be treated properly. If you get it taken care of soon, it will resolve quicker with less risk for infection. ...Read more

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My partner has a painful big toe and it bleeds and has pus and it has made his toe have a lump on it. Ingrown toenail?

Sounds like it.: Get to a Podiatrist ASAP. Your partner most likely has an infected ingrown toenail which should be treated promptly. ...Read more

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My husband's right big toe hurts on the outside of the toe, no ingrown toenails or fractures. It's just the big toe not the joints. What could it be?

My husband's right big toe hurts on the outside of the toe, no ingrown toenails or fractures. It's just the big toe not the joints. What could it be?

Several possibilites: Broken toe bone, dislocated toe bone/joint, gout, bruising are all possible. With his young age, watch closely and if not getting better in a few days, then get evaluated at a local minor er with x-ray. Go sooner if fever, worsening pain, redness develop. Be well. ...Read more

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Right leg. The top tip of my big toe has constaint pain. The nail bed always hurts never goes away. Don't belive its gout or ingrown toenail. Help plz?

Right leg. The top tip of my big toe has constaint pain. The nail bed always hurts never goes away. Don't belive its gout or ingrown toenail. Help plz?

Many possibilities: Your pain could be as a result of many different things. Causes of pain may include: trauma (fracture, sprain, arthritis), infection (ingrown nail), metabolic conditions (gout), musculoskeletal or biomechanical abnormality and neurologic conditions (neuropathy). A thorough history and physical exam and possibly some laboratory and radiology exams are needed to determine the exact cause. ...Read more

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My big toenail on my left foot has been hurting off and on for about a year. I've squeezed pus out of it. I have an ingrown toenail? Any options, other than surgery?

My big toenail on my left foot has been hurting off and on for about a year. I've squeezed pus out of it. I have an ingrown toenail? Any options, other than surgery?

Ingrown: This is one of those things that surgical resection is the option. It will make the problem go away and make you feel better. See your podiatrist - you won't regret it! ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Toenails (Definition)

Toenails are the hard coverings at the end of the toes. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. They function to protect the end of the toe and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good nail care is important to prevent ...Read more


Big Toe Pain (Definition)

A description of a discomforting feeling in or around the area of the big or great toe. This pain may sometimes be accompanied with swelling, redness or ...Read more