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Ugly toenails from fungus and calluses. Can pedicure help?

Ugly toenails from fungus and calluses. Can pedicure help?

Cosmetic Help: Pedicures are meant to make our feet feel good and our nails look pretty. Nail polish can mask the true appearance of nails infected with fungus, but do not prevent or slow down the infectious process. Pedicurist soak the feet and debrides the callus, this will temporarily alleviate pain and improve the appearance of the foot, but not fix the underlying cause of the callus. ...Read more

Callous (Definition)

Callus is a noun meaning a localized thickening of the skin, and a verb meaning to form that skin thickening (especially on the palm of a hand or the sole of a foot, caused by repeated pressure or friction). Callous has a meaning related to callus, but callous is not used to describe skin. As an adjective, it means toughened or unfeeling. As a verb, it means to make or ...Read more


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I have very thick callus skin on either sides of my big toenails. They don't itch and are not painful. What could it be and how do I get rid of it?

I have very thick callus skin on either sides of my big toenails. They don't itch and are not painful. What could it be and how do I get rid of it?

If it is only a: Callous that is usually seen when the nails are growing into the skin. The question is callous the right diagnosis. Sometimes, one sees warts around a toenail. ...Read more

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Pain on ingrown toenail site after surgery a few months later callus was removed but still painful why is this?

Pain on ingrown toenail site after surgery a few months later callus was removed but still painful why is this?

Have it looked at.: You may still have a piece of nail in the corner or a recurrence of the problem. You may want to have a permanent procedure to remove the recurrent ingrown toenail. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What should I do about callus that is building up on the area where my ingrown toenail was removed? How can I remove it by myself?

What should I do about callus that is building up on the area where my ingrown toenail was removed? How can I remove it by myself?

? scar: Dead skin can build up there
soak it frequently and apply vick's vaporub to the nails 1-2 x /day
this may help and is not too expensive and no sig potential side effects \if that does not work seek consult with the person who did your surg. ...Read more

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What are the causes of toenail pain post 10months later phenol was applied why would the toenail and skin still be sore callus was removed?

What are the causes of toenail pain post 10months later phenol was applied why would the toenail and skin still be sore callus was removed?

You should see doc: Who performed procedure to make sure toenail growing in normally. Pain can be from scar tissue, but I am always concerned about infection, trauma and improperly growing nail ...Read more

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The skin around my toenail is very sore I had surgery about a year ago phenol was applied so it's not regrowing no callus what could it be?

The skin around my toenail is very sore I had surgery about a year ago phenol was applied so it's not regrowing no callus what could it be?

It could be regrowth: It takes a toe nail about a year to grow, it could be you had a tiny spicule of nail regrowth. Without seeing or feeling, it is possible. This can be a common reoccurrence 1-3% chance.
Please go back to your doctor and let him Rexam, it is not at all unusual to have this happen after nail surgery.
If it gets infected, red inflamed it is also important to have a professional look at it. ...Read more

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What are the reasons for toenail groove to be painful post 1 year surgery no signs of regrowth phenol applied no callus just sore groove why is this?

What are the reasons for toenail groove to be painful post 1 year surgery no signs of regrowth phenol applied no callus just sore groove why is this?

Residual/infection: Hi ShamisoM810 The nail removal and phenol treatment is intended to prevent regrowth of the nail, but, hey, the body is very plastic, and sometimes there can be regrowth that causes pain. I would suggest a re-visit with the practitioner who did the procedure, because infection is also a possibility. ...Read more

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What causes an ingrown toenail that has been removed after surgery to continue to be painful phenol was applied callus removed 10months post removal?

What causes an ingrown toenail that has been removed after surgery to continue to be painful phenol was applied callus removed 10months post removal?

Ingrown nail painful: 10 months post removal can be due to few reasons. You may have regrowth of ingrown nail or you may have a matrix cyst formed in corner or slightly more nail may need to be removed to cure your problem. Either way return to your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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I'm feeling pain underneath my toenail callus was removed by a podaitrist on the site where I had an ingrown nail removed but still sore underneath?

I'm feeling pain underneath my toenail callus was removed by a podaitrist on the site where I had an ingrown nail removed but still sore underneath?

Visit pr call: The podiatrist who did the procedure as that doc should be familiar with your toe and be able to help you. Best. ...Read more

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What causes my toe to be painful after 5months later after toenail surgery phenol was applied to the site callus has been removed but still sore why?

What causes my toe to be painful after 5months later after toenail surgery phenol was applied to the site callus has been removed but still sore why?

Causes for pain are:: 1: possibly all nail/its root may not have been removed;
2: recurrence from its root (matrix);
3: possible injury to the toe during healing period can delay the healing;
4: maybe a low grade infection is causing persistence of the pain.
See your surgeon and if no improvement then get a second opinion. But phenol can result in local injury to the tissues which needs more time to heal completely. ...Read more

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Toenail surgery after 11 months toe still tender no signs of callus toe was put phenol on it after surgery still tender feels like skin to much around?

Toenail surgery after 11 months toe still tender no signs of callus toe was put phenol on it after surgery still tender feels like skin to much around?

Ingrown Nail: Sometimes after ingrown nail surgery, it is not uncommon that a small spicule may be left behind or possibly the entire root was not destroyed and part of the nail is still growing back. You should have the doctor who did the procedure to look at it to make sure it is not one of the above causes. Other causes could be abscess left behind that was not completely resolved. ...Read more

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The groove of my toenail is throbbing any reason why I had surgery a year ago there's no growth of another nail phenol was applied removed callus?

The groove of my toenail is throbbing any reason why I had surgery a year ago there's no growth of another nail phenol was applied removed callus?

Phenol: ...can kill the nail matrix from which the nail grows, so might explain lack of nail. If swelling with pain, may be due to abnormal healing, and will need seen by the Dr who did the procedure or a Podiatrist to determine problem. ...Read more

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What causes painful ingrown toenail after the nail has been removed months later callus was removed but still sore how come?

What causes painful ingrown toenail after the nail has been removed months later callus was removed but still sore how come?

Nail care: Ingrown toenails can be remedied through soaking your foot in warm water, removal of embedded debris from the nail borders, and applying an antibiotic ointment to temporarily soften the corners. One should always try to cut the nails strait across to avoid leaving an embedded nail spicule. If pain or redness continues get it looked at by a professional. You may need to have surgical removal again. ...Read more

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Why do I keep having pain on my nail when I had an ingrown toenail removed podatrist said it was callus build up had that removed but still sore why?

Why do I keep having pain on my nail when I had an ingrown toenail removed podatrist said it was callus build up had that removed but still sore why?

Take care of it.: On occasion a small piece of nail may be left behind that can be source of you pain and discomfort. Have it evaluated and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What's a good way to cure corn/callous on foot help?

What's a good way to cure corn/callous on foot help?

Corns/callus: Try removing any added stress in those areas. Padding can be helpful along with changes in footwear. Evaluation by a podiatrist would be beneficial. ...Read more

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How to grow foot calluses really fast?

Not sure: Why anyone would want this but they come from pressure/ friction usually over bony prominences or under areas of increased pressure. ...Read more

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I have corns inside foot calluses. What do I do?

Remove them: First try application of over the counter medication, if fails get them removed. ...Read more

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How to get rid of foot calluses?

How to get rid of foot calluses?

Get feet evaluated: Calluses are largely dependent on the shape of your foot and the way you walk; the type of shoes you wear also play a role. I would suggest having your feet evaluated by a Podiatrist; you may be a good candidate for custom orthotics. Regular visits to a Podiatrist-run foot spa, may also be beneficial to you. ...Read more

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How can I quickly cure calluses on foot?

How can I quickly cure calluses on foot?

Callus: Usually calluses are formed due to increased pressure. To get rid of them may involve orthotics, change in shoegear, or even potentially surgery. You can make them less painful with the use of moisturizers after getting your feet wet to the dry/callused areas. Or use of a pumice stone daily after getting your feet wet as well. I would not advise you take a razor to your feet! ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to grow foot calluses really fast?

Calluses: Are the gradual thickening of the skin due to repeated pressure. It's a protective thing and not anything you can rush. If you try to rush it, you'll blister instead. I assume you want these calluses for a sport like karate. That would be the only legitimate reason I could think of for you to actually want calluses. ...Read more

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What can you do for a callus on the ball of your foot?

What can you do for a callus on the ball of your foot?

Solution to callus: Hello and thank you for your question,
Callus formation is commonly due to ill-fitting shoes that may cause a patient to walk in a manner that creates the callus. My first suggestion would be to identify that shoe that you may feel is causing the problem and purchase sole pads to insert in them. If it is an isolated callus, a callus cushion may be beneficial. Good luck. Dr. Kosari ...Read more

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What to do if I have bad foot calluses at 18 should I be worried?

Address cause: See Podiatrist. In addition to trimming/removing callus, the cause of these calluses can be detemined. Then perhaps they can be prevented. Often there id=s a biomechanical or structural cause. Dermatitis may also be present. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have bad foot calluses at 18 should I be worried?

What do you suggest if I have bad foot calluses at 18 should I be worried?

No, don't worry: See a foot doc, maybe a orthotic can help the biomechanics and lessen the amount of callous you get, ...Read more

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Treated callous with ointment and wrap foot with gald wrap. Then started to get pain under ball of foot. 1year pain still very bad. Damage to nerve?

Treated callous with ointment and wrap foot with gald wrap. Then started to get pain under ball of foot. 1year pain still very bad. Damage to nerve?

Possible nerve: Nerve injuries tends to occur when standing and sitting and can be described as "tingly or burning." If your pain is only when your standing you may have injured one of the small bones under the ball of your foot called "sesamoids." ...Read more

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I have foot calluses or corns. Can I cut them off myself?

I have foot calluses or corns. Can I cut them off myself?

Not adbisable: You can soften them sand them off no knives and be careful they are hard to shave off without injury even in trained hands you can see a podiatrist wear looser shoes. ...Read more

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How to tell if I need to have my large foot callus looked at?

Have it looked at: If your asking...Better safe than sorry. Is there are an underlying ulcer or is it just a callous. Is there any warty tissue present? Why is it happening? These are all things a podiatrist will help you figure out. ...Read more

Callus (Definition)

A callus is an area of skin that has become toughened, thick, and hard as a result of repeated pressure, friction or other irritation. Most commonly found on the feet due to walking. Generally calluses are not harmful. Calluses can also form on the fingers due to use of writing utensils, musical instruments, or even rock climbing. They are formed by keratinocytes in the ...Read more


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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