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My toenails have horizontal ridges on them. Seem broken in the middle. Been like this for more than 10 years. Now a curved white line too.
Have them seen.: Nail problems of a long duration are very difficult to treat or even recommend treatment without actually examining them. It is without doubt, best to have them examined by someone who specializes in the treatment of nail diseases. ...Read more
Arch enemy: Sounds like an arch issue. Shoes will comfort your arch on the uneven bare footed terrain. Wear some shoes and if no better see your doctor. ...Read more
I had a total knee replacement. My toes are now seriously curved under like hammer toes (except large toe) experiencing serious swelling foot/leg now?
DVT???: I do hope that you have already called your Orthopedic surgeon. It's impossible to help you thru this venue, however, one of the potential complications (and I am sure that you are aware of this) after Orthopedic Surgery, is a DVT (blood clot). Although we use blood thinners post-op, there is always a possibility of a DVT, so PLEASE contact your Orthopedist immediately for further advise. ...Read more
I sprained my ankle about a month ago, I wore a moon boot for two week but now when I walk on my foot feels loose and twists very easily, at night to relieve the pain my foot has to be curved inwards. Is this normal or should I go back to the doctor?
Ankle sprain: Would go back to doctor, you may need some additional support like air cast splint for a while longer Ask about any damage to the syndesmosis-could it be grade II or higher. Also though initial x-rays were negative may consider repeat x-rays as sometimes fractures can be missed on the initial films f/u/ w /doc. ...Read more
Think fungus: Fungal infections of the nail (s), or onychomycosis. A podiatrist can make the diagnosis, and offer treatment options. ...Read more
Nail discoloration: A dark line across your nail may have a variety of causes. Trauma to the nail plate from athletic activity may cause some subungual (under the nail) bleeding. If this the source in time a clear nail will grow out. A fungal infection can cause this as well. A specialist will determine if a biopsy is necessary to rule out a relatively less common but more serious condition such as a melanoma. ...Read more
Gray Nails: One possible cause of blue-gray nail discoloration is using the drug minocycline. This broad-spectrum antibiotic has been found to turn nails a light blue-gray color. However, there are many other causes of nail discoloration as well, including fungal infection, chronic diseases and the use of various medications. Contact your doctor to get an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more