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Can You Claw Toe
There are three joints in each toe 2 thru 5. The joints are; MPJ, PIP J, and the DI PJ. A claw toe is a fixed contraction at the DIPJ. The MPJ (metatarsal phalangeal joint) is the joints close to the ball of the foot at the base of the toe. The joint at the middle of the toe is the PIPJ (proximal interphalangeal joint), The joint toward the end of the toe is the ...Read more
Yes: They can cause disfigurement to both.Get a more detailed answer ›
Possibly: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It can: Gout is monoarticular and usually affects one joint per attack. 75% of the time the first metataralphalangeal joint. It is possible the secondary spot hurts cause you are altering your waking pattern. While less common, it is plausible you had two attacks, but in 16 years of practicing, I have never seen 2 simultaneous attacks. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Get X-ray and see MD: Proper diagnosis and treatment (splint, tape, or possible surgery) may be necessary for best long-term outcome. Self-diagnosis and non-treatment often leads to permanent loss of function and later arthritis problems in the damaged digit. The person who treats themself has a fool for a patient. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not the right choice: Ingrown toenails can be temporarily 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. If you have continued pain, redness or drainage, get it looked at by a professional as you may need to have the ingrown nail border removed and you may need antibiotics. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have a broken toe. Doctor taped it to next toe. Wthout a cast the toe can bend. How can it heal?
Time: For a fracture to heal well, you have to keep the two ends of the bone from moving against each other. As long as this is accomplished, you can have movement of the joints around it. In most cases of toe fractures, splinting the toes works well. We then place patients in a stiff shoe or surgical shoe depending on symptoms, alignment and location of the fracture. Sometimes a cast boot is used. Dr l. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Some people do have success with placing small cotton between the nail and nail fold. You can cut the toenail on a slight angle if it would otherwise grow in. If this is a chronic problem a podiatrist can permenately remove the ingrowing portion of the ingrown nail. This is a simple in office procedure. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Pain, redness.: Redness and pain along the nail border, sometimes with drainage indicates an ingrown toenail. If your ingrown nail is infected, you'll likely need antibiotics, and possibly a nail procedure. 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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See a doctor : For x-rays and treatment recommendations.Get a more detailed answer ›
Fingernail: First , as doctors , we need to see the injury . Some injuries require a lot of help while others do not. There is just no substitute for the physical evaluation . A dermatologist or podiatrist can help here . ...Read more
We can try!: Toenail fungus is very common, and unfortunately very difficult to cure 100%. We can test the nail to see if it is a callused or traumatized nail or if it is indeed fungus, and from there you have several options: topical or oral antifungal medications, laser nail treatment, or removal of the nail in severe cases. See your doctor to talk about which treatment is right for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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