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Dr. Jeffrey Lehrman
Board Certified, Podiatry
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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?

Dr. Jeffrey Lehrman
Board Certified, Podiatry
19 years in practice
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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?

Callus: Could just be simple callus which can be addressed by having it shaved down by a podiatrist. Also possible that it is a problem with the toenail such as a fungal infection of the nail. Could also be from the nail growing into the corners causing irritation which can lead to callus formation. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Noahleen Betts
Board Certified, Podiatry
14 years in practice
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Ugly toenails from fungus and calluses. Can pedicure help?

Dr. Noahleen Betts
Board Certified, Podiatry
14 years in practice
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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

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Dr. Vicken Poochikian
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Dr. Glynis Ablon
Board Certified, Dermatology
24 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Glynis Ablon
Board Certified, Dermatology
24 years in practice
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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?

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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Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Board Certified, Podiatry
17 years in practice
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Pain on ingrown toenail site after surgery a few months later callus was removed but still painful why is this?

Dr. Payam Rafat
Board Certified, Podiatry
17 years in practice
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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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Dr. Allan Rosenthal
Board Certified, Podiatry
39 years in practice
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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 ?

Dr. Allan Rosenthal
Board Certified, Podiatry
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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 ?

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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Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
42 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
42 years in practice
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? 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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Dr. Alan Steinbach
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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?

Dr. Alan Steinbach
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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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?

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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Dr. Sanjay Patel
Board Certified, Podiatry
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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?

Dr. Sanjay Patel
Board Certified, Podiatry
27 years in practice
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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?

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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Dr. Edwin Oghoorian
Board Certified, Podiatry
16 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Edwin Oghoorian
Board Certified, Podiatry
16 years in practice
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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?

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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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


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