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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?

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

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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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

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Treating Bunions, Calluses & Corns (Checklist)

Wear shoes that are wide in the toe box that don't rub on the bunion
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Try shoe changes and padding before having bunion surgery
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Try custom-made functional orthotics to prevent bunions from worsening
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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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Treating Bunions, Calluses & Corns (Checklist)

Wear properly fitted shoes
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Try a bunion splint to reduce joint pressure
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See a podiatrist
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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 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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Treating Bunions, Calluses & Corns (Checklist)

Don't wear shoes that rub them
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Use silicon gel pads or moleskin donuts to keep pressure off
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Try OTC salicylic acid and filing to decrease callus
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See podiatrist if nothing works—it can sometimes be an easy fix
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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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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

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