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My toenail is not thick but the skin on left big toe next to the nail on the right side is kind of hard and hurts very little?

My toenail is not thick but the skin on left big toe next to the nail on the right side is kind of hard and hurts very little?

Ingrown nail: Possibly. If there is tenderness on the side of the nail, and the skin on that side is thickening, the most likely cause is an ingrown toenail. I would see your Dr or a podiatrist to be sure, because they can become very painful if infected! Good luck! (Sometimes soaking the foot in warm Epson saltwater helps!) ...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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My 4 yr old has a thick yellowish horizontal line under her big toe nail. She said is wasn't hit or anything dropped on it. What is it.

My 4 yr old has a thick yellowish horizontal line under her big toe nail. She said is wasn't hit or anything dropped on it. What is it.

Let's watch it: This may represent an injury from weeks or even months ago that she may not recall. See if the ridge is growing out. You should notice that the ridge is getting closer to the end of the toe with each passing week. If it is not moving you may wish to have her pediatrician or podiatrist take a look at it. ...Read more

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What might cause excessively thick toenails only on your big toe? Healthy male subject, smoker, turkish descent

What might cause excessively thick toenails only on your big toe? Healthy male subject, smoker, turkish descent

Fungus or trauma: More than likely it is due to a fungus or trauma or both. It could be due to a number of other possible reasons though. Get the feet inspected by a professional to determine the cause of the problem, as treatment varies depending on the diagnosis. ...Read more

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I hit a vein on my foot really hard and now it's bulging and getting really big. What is it, and should I be worried?

I hit a vein on my foot really hard and now it's bulging and getting really big. What is it, and should I be worried?

Trauma to veins: Trauma to veins can cause several problems including bleeding, swelling and discoloration around the injured area due to bleeding around the vein. Sometimes a vein injury will cause the valve in the vein to rupture leading to varicose vein formation or even to clotting of the vein. If you have a vein problem then see a vein specialist for a full venous evaluation. ...Read more

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Both of my second toes always have thick hard skin on the sides and tip of my toenails. Sometimes the skin is itchy or hurts. What could it be?

Both of my second toes always have thick hard skin on the sides and tip of my toenails. Sometimes the skin is itchy or hurts. What could it be?

Long second toe: Very commonly, if you have an elongated 2nd toe, the nail can be thickened due to pressure against the end of the shoe. If can also cause contracture of the toe and hardening of the skin at the tip of the toe. ...Read more

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I have a badly infected ingrown toenail in my left big toe. Dark brown pus. Throbbing pain. Skin over grown on nail on left side. Hard to walk. Need help?

I have a badly infected ingrown toenail in my left big toe. Dark brown pus. Throbbing pain. Skin over grown on nail on left side. Hard to walk. Need help?

Need urgent care...: Did you have similar event before? If not, it is time to be checked and cared correctly. How? Follow instructions described in How to Handle Sickness? On https://ebettercare. Com/feel-become-sick/. Thereby you can work well with doc so to reach right care timely; do not wait out. Best wish to health.... ...Read more

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My foot was hit with a large bed board was xrayed and not broken, is a contusion and still sore after 2 weeks and still connot put full weight on it.

My foot was hit with a large bed board was xrayed and not broken, is a contusion and still sore after 2 weeks and still connot put full weight on it.

Foot contusion: If your foot continues to be painful a repeat XR maybe indicated or a CT of your foot. In the meantime treat your foot in a boot and use crutches. The length of time of pain may indicate an occult fracture. All the best. ...Read more

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Monday my foot hit a door. Big toenail came straight off. Now I have swelling and pain on the big toe and the top of my foot. Could I have broken it?

Monday my foot hit a door. Big toenail came straight off. Now I have swelling and pain on the big toe and the top of my foot. Could I have broken it?

Surely: An x-ray would be needed to tell. Or you may have a contusion. You also want to make sure you do not get an infection from the nail ripping off and that the nail bed itself is not lacerated. A podiatrist would be able to check all these things. Ice your foot until you can see one. ...Read more

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Can I use apple cider vinegar directly on my toenails? They're hard, a little bit yellow at the tips. One big toe has black stuff that I can't reach.

Can I use apple cider vinegar directly on my toenails? They're hard, a little bit yellow at the tips. One big toe has black stuff that I can't reach.

It won't hurt...: There is probably a fungal infection within your toenails that vinegar won't be able to get to. See a podiatrist for more effective options. ...Read more

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I had a heavy piece of metal hit my foot 3 weeks ago. The top of my foot is tight, with a large bump and hurts. I'm wondering if I have a broken bone if it's worth to go to a med clinic for care as I don't have heath insurance?

I had a heavy piece of metal hit my foot 3 weeks ago. The top of my foot is tight, with a large bump and hurts. I'm wondering if I have a broken bone if it's worth to go to a med clinic for care as I don't have heath insurance?

Yes, but.....: A painful bump from trauma is usually a good reason to get checked by your doctor or urgent care. However, a presumed fracture that is 3 weeks old has likely "partially" healed. Nonetheless, best to have it checked as a non-union of a fracture could be occurring. Btw-whether one has insurance or not does not play a role in what is best for health. ...Read more

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A heavy bowl fell on my big toe, my toe nail is blue n green and throbbing, have I broke my toe?

A heavy bowl fell on my big toe, my toe nail is blue n green and throbbing, have I broke my toe?

No: Unless the injury is very severe the more common cause would be subungual hematoma. That is blood under the nail plate and is very painful. Go to an urgent care center or emergency room. The doctor can use electro cautery to make holes in the nail plate and express the blood out giving immediate relief. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my big toe nail is turn dark and getting very hard?

What does it mean if my big toe nail is turn dark and getting very hard?

Possible Fungus: This may be a sign that you have a fungus infection of the toenail (onychomycosis). You should have it checked by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have a hard painful knot on the tip of my big toe like almost under my toe nail. Have had it for over a year but has now started hurting?

I have a hard painful knot on the tip of my big toe like almost under my toe nail. Have had it for over a year but has now started hurting?

R/O PLANTAR WART: Plantar warts are commonly found on feet and hands. The dark spot in the middle is the vascular supply. It can be treated with FREEZING/LASER/TOPICAL MEDICATION. Also it may be a corn or callus. Seek evaluation by a good podiatrist. ...Read more

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What could cause the big toe on your left foot to have a big bump on it that is hard as a rock?

What could cause the big toe on your left foot to have a big bump on it that is hard as a rock?

See Podiatrist: Could be a cyst, a bone spur, bone prominence or something else. Where on the toe is it? Have a podiatrist examine it. ...Read more

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Ball of foot near the big toe only hurts like crazy to put pressure on it and to move my big toe up and down didn't hit it against anything?

Ball of foot near the big toe only hurts like crazy to put pressure on it and to move my big toe up and down didn't hit it against anything?

Ball of foot: Please have your foot doctor refer you to a foot specialist. Should be straightforward for the Specialist to control your big toe. ...Read more

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Foot pain for 6 months on and off, started wide spread across ball of foot, now situated nearer big toes but on ball of foot. Weight bearing hurts?

Foot pain for 6 months on and off, started wide spread across ball of foot, now situated nearer big toes but on ball of foot. Weight bearing hurts?

Morton's neuroma: It is a thickening of the tissues around the nerve in the foot. Typically causes pain in the ball of the foot. Avoidance of high-heeled shoes may help. Have your foot evaluated by a physician for pain that has persisted for a few days - a few months in your case. ...Read more

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I hit my big toe a few months and it bled and my toe nail fell off a few days ago. It looks bad. Do I need to see a doctor about it?

I hit my big toe a few months and it bled and my toe nail fell off a few days ago. It looks bad. Do I need to see a doctor about it?

I would: Any injury substantial enough to avulse the nail may also have caused injury to the nailbed or fracture of the toe bone. A podiatrist can evaluate the injury, check for fracture or infection and recommend local care to speed healing. The fact that the injury was months ago may limit your options, but its always wise to have it checked. ...Read more

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3.5 months post partial nail avulsion on big toe. Nail growing back thick/not smooth, no pain. Normal or do I need to go back to podiatrist?

3.5 months post partial nail avulsion on big toe. Nail growing back thick/not smooth, no pain. Normal or do I need to go back to podiatrist?

I don't think so: Probably not. Sometimes there is a bit of dead skin that accumulates in the space where the nail was. Try filing it and applying a dry skin cream. ...Read more

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Do you have any suggestions for an infected ingrown toe nail? It was hit hard and bleed. Does that mean all the puss came out. It's now purple.

The best thing you: Could possibly do is bring your toe to a podiatrist. It's dangerous and foolhardy to try to deal with this on your own, and you could make the infection worse. Removing ingorwn toenails is fast, painless and quick, and your eyes will bug out at the size of what you've got inside your skin. Soaking helps localize the infection, but the astringent action of water is not temperature dependent. ...Read more

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Pinky toe nail brittle w/ dark streak. Fourth nail flaky, thick, half unattached from nail bed. Big toe thick nail. Taupe or blueish nails. Both feet?

Pinky toe nail brittle w/ dark streak. Fourth nail flaky, thick, half unattached from nail bed. Big toe thick nail. Taupe or blueish nails. Both feet?

See a: Podiatrist or dmatologist among some of the more common problems are fungus, bacteria, subungual keratinization. There are other possibilities but those are the three most common. (Each using different treatments.) ...Read more

Toes (Definition)

Toes are the digits at the ends of the feet, most people have 10 and they normally ...Read more