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Doctor insights on: I Have A Thick White Line Down The Length Of My Big Toe That Grows As The Toenail Grows

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
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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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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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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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I have a white line down the middle of my big toe nail what does this nean?

I have a white line down the middle of my big toe nail what does this nean?

It is possible it: Is fungus but not necessarily. Having a nail biopsy helps determine etiology. ...Read more

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I have bkack dot bruising and brown stripe down my big toe nail its been there for 6wks and hasn't changed at all it isn't painful and has had no trauma?

I have bkack dot bruising and brown stripe down my big toe nail its been there for 6wks and hasn't changed at all it isn't painful and has had no trauma?

Nail base injury: This is an injury of the base of your nail also thought to be the root of your nail. There is an increase in brown pigment of melanin because of the injury. As the nail grows out the streak appears. It is not a dangerous problem. ...Read more

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There is a cut on my foot just above my big toe. I'm not feeling well. Is it ok to lay down? Or do I need to be seen?

There is a cut on my foot just above my big toe. I'm not feeling well. Is it ok to lay down? Or do I need to be seen?

See a physician: If you have had an injury of and you are not feeling well, have someone take you to an urgent care or emergency room so that you can be evaluated. ...Read more

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The toe next to my big toe on my right foot constantly feels like a muscle is tightening causing it to involuntarily flex downward.

The toe next to my big toe on my right foot constantly feels like a muscle is tightening causing it to involuntarily flex downward.

Hammertoe?: You may be in the early stages of developing a "hammertoe". The top of your toe may begin hurting if it starts rubbing against the shoe. As long as it is flexible no worry. There are prosthetic devices that can pull your toe down or a shoemaker can stretch your shoe up. Depends on you. ...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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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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Hi I have a question about nail fungus, I filed down my big toe nail so much as there is no more nail left except for at the base, have I caused any d?

Hi I have a question about nail fungus, I filed down my big toe nail so much as there is no more nail left except for at the base, have I caused any d?

Likely not: Don't worry. Putting topical medication after you do something like that is a good idea to try and avoid the fungus from coming back. ...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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Yesterday I dropped a plate on my big toe and it straight down landed below my toe nail where it ends. It's bruised, cut & swollen. What should I do?

Yesterday I dropped a plate on my big toe and it straight down landed below my toe nail where it ends. It's bruised, cut & swollen. What should I do?

Traumatized toe: You should see a doctor. With a cut at the end of the nail, it could easily become infected. If it is only a superficial cut, be sure to wash it good (assume you already did that) and apply an antibiotic cream. It is looks "bad" you should have it checked by a doctor. ...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

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I have a pulling sensation from top of foot down to big toe nail can feel it when I rub against the vein could it be a blood clot?

I have a pulling sensation from top of foot down to big toe nail can feel it when I rub against the vein could it be a blood clot?

No: Veins arteries and nerves travel together, you are most likely stimulating a nerve.
If you're rubbing really hard you my be stretched the tendon to the toe. ...Read more

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I am 44 female and the top of my right foot hurts and when I rub it pain shoots down to my big toe and sometime big toe falls asleep?

I am 44 female and the top of my right foot hurts and when I rub it pain shoots down to my big toe and sometime big toe falls asleep?

Compression: Or entrapment of the deep peroneal nerve otherwise referred to as anterior tarsal tunnel syndrome is what it sounds like. If there is a bony prominence on the top of the foot, the nerve can get sandwiched between the bone and your shoe. See a doctor as continued pressure can cause thinning of the nerve. ...Read more

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My big toe has been hurting and the pain goes down the top of my foot and when I try to move it or wear shoes what can I do and are there any doctors?

My big toe has been hurting and the pain goes down the top of my foot and when I try to move it or wear shoes what can I do and are there any doctors?

Bug toe Pain: Big toe pain may occur for a number of reasons... Ranging from painful embedded toenails, warts, to gout and fractures and arthritis...! a thorough evaluation would certainly help to glean and define the problem, make a diagnosis and plan a solution. See you pcp or foot and ankle specialist asap. Hope you are better soon. Dr.H. ...Read more

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Shock feeling on foot, when I touch a vein at top of foot, I feel the shock further down my foot towards big toe.?

Shock feeling on foot, when I touch a vein at top of foot, I feel the shock further down my foot towards big toe.?

Shocking.: Sounds like a neuralgia type problem. The nerve on the top of the foot has been damaged or irritated and is sending impulses down the nerve route when stimulated. You need to consider just what may have irritated the nerve. Could be something as simple as an ill-fitting shoe. If the condition does not improve, a visit to the doctor may be helpful. Heat/cold and topical patches can be helpful. ...Read more

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My big toe to my knuckle is hurting so bad! It hurts to walk on it, it even hurts just laying down. Right foot, big toe to the knuckle?

My big toe to my knuckle is hurting so bad! It hurts to walk on it, it even hurts just laying down. Right foot, big toe to the knuckle?

History of gout?: Sounds like a gout flare, but you should know if you have it by now. If no injury/trauma to bring on the pain, should get it evaluated. ...Read more

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I have burning, sharp pain on my left thigh, seems like its growing down my leg, my foot is getting some pain too in my big toe and on the left bottom m?

I have burning, sharp pain on my left thigh, seems like its growing down my leg, my foot is getting some pain too in my big toe and on the left bottom m?

Nerve pain: Sounds like radicular pain, nerve pain. May be sciatica. Most LBP is not serious and goes away with time, physio, and simple analgesia. Warning signs include numbness, weakness, urinary or defecating problems, or fever. If you are older or have a cancer that is concerning also. If any concerns or symptoms persist you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Boyfriend has a very large blister on big toe and it popped on it's own. The fluid that came out was brown. The swelling in his foot has gone down. And he can move his toes. I drained it and clean around with an alcohol swab then antibacterial soap.

Boyfriend has a very large blister on big toe and it popped on it's own. The fluid that came out was brown. The swelling in his foot has gone down. And he can move his toes. I drained it and clean around with an alcohol swab then antibacterial soap.

So far, So Good.: It sounds like you've done all the right things. The brown could be the residue of old blood. You need to check for the signs of increasing cellulitis and infection. Things like swelling, redness, heat and pain. If the wound does not improve with your treatment than a trip to your doctor may be in order. If the sight clears, the congratulations are in order, I think. ...Read more

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Pain in big toe mild swelling after falling down stairs. Difficulty walking (walking on side of foot). Pain wakes me and I think bone is displaced?

Pain in big toe mild swelling after falling down stairs. Difficulty walking (walking on side of foot). Pain wakes me and I think bone is displaced?

If you fell: Downstairs and have difficulty walking the foot likely should be xrayed. You also sound like at minimum should be walking in a surgical shoe that prevents the toe and metatatarsal joint from bending. Ice would do you well as well.

Good luck. ...Read more

Toes (Definition)

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