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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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How can I stop my toenail from becoming ingrown?

How can I stop my toenail from becoming ingrown?

See a podiatrist: After evaluation, you may have options: debridement, avulsion (temporary removal) or matrixectomy (permanent removal) of the nail. There are also some topical medications that can be applied to soften the nail to avoid the nail from becoming hard, "biting into the side" and creating pain from a callus that develop which is what causes the pain associated with ingrown toenails. ...Read more

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I think my toenail is ingrown. How to know for sure and what do I do afterwards?

I think my toenail is ingrown. How to know for sure and what do I do afterwards?

Pain is first : Sign. You may have pus or drainage which should be cultured and antibiotic if infected. Erythema or redness is usually a sign on ingrown nail and of course pain with any pressure. Big toe is most common but can happen to smaller toes too. ...Read more

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What to do if I have recently had my toenail cauterized due to it being ingrown.?

What to do if I have recently had my toenail cauterized due to it being ingrown.?

Nail care: Try 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 redness and drainage, get it looked at by a your doctor. ...Read more

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What should I do if my toenail is not growing back after an ingrown toenial surgery?

What should I do if my toenail is not growing back after an ingrown toenial surgery?

Be patient: Nail grows approximately 1mm per month. The is a chance it won't grow back but I don't believe there is anything you can do to change that. ...Read more

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I have a hard time cutting my toenails (their not ingrown no history of diabetes) it hurts when I'm cutting them and the day after I'm limping as well ?

I have a hard time cutting my toenails (their not ingrown no history of diabetes) it hurts when I'm cutting them and the day after I'm limping as well ?

Be careful: might you he cutting them too short? You might consider a pedicure if economically reasonable. It would be interesting to see if it hurts as much when someone else does it--you might just be cutting too short ...Read more

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What causes ingrown toenails?

Several things: Injury, improper cutting of toenails, tight shoes. ...Read more

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