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Had hammertoe surgery on pinky toe 5 months ago...Pinky toe nail hurts still....Why is this...?

Had hammertoe surgery on pinky toe 5 months ago...Pinky toe nail hurts still....Why is this...?

Not related: Hammertoe surgery typically avoids the toenail area. There may be a problem with the nail itself. ...Read more

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Toes are the digits at the ends of the feet, most people have 10 and they normally ...Read more


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Blue/purple base of toe nail after injury. Will my nail fall off?

Blue/purple base of toe nail after injury. Will my nail fall off?

May: Depending on the type of injury it is probably a good idea to have this evaluated by a specialist, especially is this is the result of a crushing injury, to ensure that there are no other concomitant issues such as a fracture. ...Read more

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My big toe seems to be subungual hematoma. The injury lasted for months now. Half the nail fell off 3 weeks ago & now it's blackish red again.

My big toe seems to be subungual hematoma.  The injury lasted for months now.  Half the nail fell off 3 weeks ago & now it's blackish red again.

May be okay: The nail has partially alvulsed.The blackish redness if from degenerating hematoma that stained the new growing nails .It will take a little while to dissolve with daily washing. ...Read more

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Had infections at nailbed & ingrown nail. saw podiatrist for ingrown nail 6 mth ago nail now yellow & broken. Will it grow out? Can I use fake nail?

Had infections at nailbed & ingrown nail. saw podiatrist for ingrown nail 6 mth ago nail now yellow & broken. Will it grow out? Can I use fake nail?

Nail regrowth: As long as the nailbed has not been damaged or removed, nails should regrow with time (lots of time). Sometimes the new growth is characterized by discoloration or distortion, and this is usually permanent. Occlusion of the exposed nailbed with artificial nails and chemicals may further damage the nailbed and inhibit any new growth that might occur. ...Read more

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Bruised my little toe, sprained my left wrist & ripped my toe nail off, any tips for healing process?

Bruised my little toe, sprained my left wrist & ripped my toe nail off, any tips for healing process?

Protect the nailbed: Put a bandage over the toe to keep it protected. I could be months before the toenail grows back. ...Read more

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Help! My new toe nail is not growing back after partial ingrown toenail surgery?

Help! My new toe nail is not growing back after partial ingrown toenail surgery?

First confirm : That the doc did not perform a permenant procedure, second be p alient toenails grow approximately 1mm per month. It takes time for a nail to regrow. ...Read more

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Very darkly discolored finger nail from puncture wound between nail & cuticle. Will i lose nail? How to protect finger tip til nail regrows?

Very darkly discolored finger nail from puncture wound between nail & cuticle. Will i lose nail? How to protect finger tip til nail regrows?

Nail bruising: After trauma to nail, it one can get a pooling of blood under the nail (subungual hematoma) which gives the nail a purple/maroon discoloration. If injury is recent and there is pain, please see dermatologist right away. It may be necessary to drain the blood from under nail. Whether nail will be lost depends on how much trauma and how much blood presses on junction between nail plate and bed. ...Read more

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How should I treat toe nail fungi? I bought fungi-nail from my local walmart but after 3 months I have no improvements. I usually get my finger and toe nails painted at a nearby nail shop. This fall i had a pain shooting through my toe (toe nail area). Af

How should I treat toe nail fungi? I bought fungi-nail from my local walmart but after 3 months I have no improvements. I usually get my finger and toe nails painted at a nearby nail shop. This fall i had a pain shooting through my toe (toe nail area). Af

I : I would recommend you see a dermatologist who can perform a nail culture, determine what type of fungus you might have, and then discuss treatment options if the culture comes back positive for fungus. Otc medications are unlikely to help if you have fungus under your nails. I hope that helps. ...Read more

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My pinky toe, bone under pinky toe and side of foot by pinky toe has been numb for 2 months. What could be causing this?

My pinky toe, bone under pinky toe and side of foot by pinky toe has been numb for 2 months. What could be causing this?

May or may not heal.: The area you are having numbness in seems to be totally delineated by the 1st sacral dermatome. The dysfunctional nerves could be in the back's sacral area, the peroneal nerve in the knee area, the lateral plantar and/or the sural nerves in the foot. Something has disrupted the nerve impulse along this route and the result is numbness. To remove all doubt, a neurologist needs to be consulted. ...Read more

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Broken foot, been in boot cast 3 wks, 3 weeks w only ACE bandage. Foot still bruised, no swelling. When will bruise go away? It's healing!

Broken foot, been in boot cast 3 wks, 3 weeks w only ACE bandage. Foot still bruised, no swelling. When will bruise go away? It's healing!

Foot fracture: It can take several weeks for bruising and discoloration and swelling to completely resolve. Meanwhile, make sure you are under the care of your physician, pcp, or foot specialist and following their guidance. Make sure the progression of healing is checked every visit and with serial xrays. Be sure to rest and elevate and bear no weight upon your broken foot- unprotected ! use crutches ! -h-. ...Read more

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Dropped a shelf on my toe about 8 months ago it fell off about 6 months ago. The nail is almost fully grown but I'm worried about an ingrown nail.

Dropped a shelf on my toe about 8 months ago it fell off about 6 months ago. The nail is almost fully grown but I'm worried about an ingrown nail.

Needs assistance : Out of bath or shower when skin and nail are soft try lifting up on the leading edge of nail. Try sticking small piece of cotton under the corners to assist in lifting them away from the skin. Leave cotton in place as nail grows. Be aware- trauma to nail can cause deformity that causes nail to grow irregularly. This may need to be addressed by your foot doctor. ...Read more

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Foot Injury: At around 4:30pm today I hit my foot, smallest toe is slightly cut into, vertically. And ring toe is bruised under the nail. Pulsing?

Foot Injury: At around 4:30pm today I hit my foot, smallest toe is slightly cut into, vertically. And ring toe is bruised under the nail. Pulsing?

No cause for concern: The small superficial cut on your small toe shouldn't be much of an issue as long as you can move your toe and feel the sensation at the tip of the toe. If the edges of the cut are gaping use tape to bring edges together. The blood collected under the nail should resolve on its own in a few days otherwise you can go to the Dr and get it drained to relieve the pressure ...Read more

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I had neuroma removed & 3 toe tendon released it's been 9 weeks post op. My foot is still swollen can't wear shoes how long does it take to heal ?

I had neuroma removed & 3 toe tendon released  it's been 9 weeks post op. My foot is still swollen can't wear shoes how long does it take to heal ?

3-6 months: It takes a long time for swelling to go away comletely because of weakness of the muscles in the foot. So as you stand or walk for long period the foot will swell. As the strength improves you will noticee less and less swelling as the time goes on. Do not worry ...Read more

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Stubbed toe, 3 days later it's swollen, bruised &hurts to walk on. Also lots of pressure in foot & ankle. Normal X-ray. Possible hairline fracture?

Stubbed toe, 3 days later it's swollen, bruised &hurts to walk on. Also lots of pressure in foot & ankle. Normal X-ray. Possible hairline fracture?

It is possible: that a hairline fracture may not be visible on the initial xray. As the healing response occurs, it becomes easier to see after a week or so. Talk to your doctor about the need for follow up xrays or other studies. ...Read more

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Pinky toe nail brittle w/ dark streak. Fourth nail flaky, thick, half unattached from nail bed. Big toe thick nail. Taupe or blueish nails. Both feet?

Pinky toe nail brittle w/ dark streak. Fourth nail flaky, thick, half unattached from nail bed. Big toe thick nail. Taupe or blueish nails. Both feet?

See a : Podiatrist or dmatologist among some of the more common problems are fungus, bacteria, subungual keratinization. There are other possibilities but those are the three most common. (Each using different treatments.) ...Read more

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Son fell off bed 3 days ago finger is swollen at tip and very bruised under nail. Should I have it drained. He is 4?

Son fell off bed 3 days ago finger is swollen at tip and very bruised under nail. Should I have it drained. He is 4?

Get it checked: Your son probably has subingual hematoma from the injury. If the area involves less than ~25% of the nail bed, and is painless, it should resolve in a couple of weeks without any treatment. If the bleeding seem to involve a larger area or the area is painful, it needs to be evacuated by a procedure known as trephination. In the meantime, soak the area in warn water and use ibuprofen for pain. ...Read more

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My toe nail has been bruised for nearly 3 months. What else could cause a bruised appearance?

My toe nail has been bruised for nearly 3 months. What else could cause a bruised appearance?

Black toe nail: The only serious problem you could have, that gives a black toe nail, would be a malignant melanoma on the nail bed beneath the nail. A bruised nail turns red, and then dark, and then resolves after a period of time, as the nail grows out. It may take more than 3 months for a bruised big toe nail to grow out, so it may pay to be patient and wait, or visit a dermatologist right away for help. ...Read more

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Bleeding after toe nail removal. Had 1/3 big toenail removed this aft. Bled thru bandage & sock. Didn't know to elevate. Seems to have stopped. Ok?

Bleeding after toe nail removal. Had 1/3 big toenail removed this aft. Bled thru bandage & sock. Didn't know to elevate. Seems to have stopped. Ok?

If stopped then OK: If the bleeding stopped then you should be ok.It may be related to you taking 2full strength aspirins a day, change the dressing and if start bleeding again see your doctor or go to er. ...Read more

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Fractured my toe 2 months ago was buddy tapped, now remains above ground,unable to put complete pressure on foot with severe heel pain after few steps?

Fractured my toe 2 months ago was buddy tapped, now remains above ground,unable to put complete pressure on foot with severe heel pain after few steps?

Fasciitis: Prob. Not related except for the change in gait. See a podiatrist. Sounds like fasciitis. Is it worse in am with first few steps and again after sitting? ...Read more