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My toes hurt under the nail whenever there is pressure. Started after wearing too tight shoes. I had an ingrown toenail removed but it still hurts.

My toes hurt under the nail whenever there is pressure. Started after wearing too tight shoes. I had an ingrown toenail removed but it still hurts.

Paronychia: Likely there is residual debris or nail tissue;go back & see the person who did the initial procedure;ask why this has happened & how to resolve it ...Read more

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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My foot got caught on a metal nail a few months back and now my foot hurts when I apply pressure to it. What can be possibly wrong?

My foot got caught on a metal nail a few months back and now my foot hurts when I apply pressure to it. What can be possibly wrong?

Many things: Could be unrelated, or maybe you developed or are developing an inclusion cyst, or slow growing abcess, maybe sustained nerve injury. Go to the foot doc and have it checked out. ...Read more

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Both of my pinky toe nails around the edge away from the big toe hurts when pressure is added to it. What does this sound like?

Both of my pinky toe nails around the edge away from the big toe hurts when pressure is added to it. What does this sound like?

See below: Sounds like there could be corns present, most likely from rubbing against shoes. Toenail may also be involved in corn or ingrown. Again this often happens from excessive shoe pressure. ...Read more

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I've got two tiny dark spots under my big toenail, around it the nail is red and there's pain when pressure is applied, what could it be?

I've got two tiny dark spots under my big toenail, around it the nail is red and there's pain when pressure is applied, what could it be?

Bruising: It could be tiny bruises, but you should be seen and evaluated for the redness. If the dark spots have been in place for a while see a dermatologist. If they suddenly appeared with the pain it may just be a bruise.
Have it looked at by your doctor. ...Read more

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I had an ingrown toenail and tried the nail bracing technique to life it and relieve the pressure. Now I have discoloration in the corner of my toe.

I had an ingrown toenail and tried the nail bracing technique to life it and relieve the pressure. Now I have discoloration in the corner of my toe.

Separation anxiety.: Discoloring of the nail can be caused by several things. Your history narrows the possibilities. An examination would simplify getting to the real problem. Having said that, more than likely the color change is either due to air getting under the nail or the effects of a fungal infection starting in the corner area of the nail. Both can occur when the plate is separated from the underlying bed. ...Read more

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I have an inflamed and sore area around my toenail that when I put a little pressure on it, gleet comes out. Is it ingrown nail? Doesn't seem so.

I have an inflamed and sore area around my toenail that when I put a little pressure on it, gleet comes out. Is it ingrown nail? Doesn't seem so.

Soak it!: A couple of tablespoons of epsom salts into a bowl of lukewarm water is a nice little soaking recipe for infected toenails. Soaking for 10 minutes helps drain the inflamed and infected nail border. ...Read more

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When I flex or put pressure on my foot a circular bump shows in my shin, doesn't hurt but I can see and feel it with my hand. What is it?

When I flex or put pressure on my foot a circular bump shows in my shin, doesn't hurt but I can see and feel it with my hand. What is it?

Most: Likely small muscle bulge from the anterior portion of the shin. (Different muscles located there). So when you put pressure on foot you are engaging the muscle. Hence the circular bulge. ...Read more

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How come I have an urge to put pressure on the big toe nails?

How come I have an urge to put pressure on the big toe nails?

Specifics: Can you be a little more specific? What part of big toe outside? Tip of toe? Some do it because they are compensating for another issue or from intoeing gait. ...Read more

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I stepped on a very long nail near my heel and can hardly put any pressure on my foot. Could I have done something serious to my foot?

I stepped on a very long nail near my heel and can hardly put any pressure on my foot. Could I have done something serious to my foot?

Puncture wounds: Puncture wounds are serious you can have a deep infection a bone infection or a fasciitis plus you need to assess if you are up to date with tetanus. See a doctor asap for an evaluation ...Read more

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Numbness in left hand and left foot shortness of breath, am a smoker. Numbness comes and goes chest pain consistent feels like pressure on chest?

Numbness in left hand and left foot shortness of breath, am a smoker. Numbness comes and goes chest pain consistent feels like pressure on chest?

See your doctor: At your age, one would be less concerned about this being coronary artery disease, but there are things that can cause that in someone your age including congenital heart disease and especially certain drugs of abuse, like cocaine and amphetamine. While I am not sure what is going on, it sounds serious and I would strongly recommend seeing a health care provider as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Bp shot to 185/110, pressure in heart, tightness in head hand and foot. Age 33 fem. Tests all clear, internist says bp stress related. Med resistant?

Bp shot to 185/110, pressure in heart, tightness in head hand and foot. Age 33 fem. Tests all clear, internist says bp stress related. Med resistant?

Hypersensitive: Encephalopathy, must control bp, adequate no and dose of meds by a experienced cardiologist will control bp. If not may get brain hemorrhage or loss of memory ...Read more

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Lumps at the base of my skull. Seems like swollen lymph nodes, this way off and on for mths, ear pressure/fluid. Hand/foot itching, numbness. See dr?

Lumps at the base of my skull. Seems like swollen lymph nodes, this way off and on for mths, ear pressure/fluid. Hand/foot itching, numbness. See dr?

Yes!: Anything that has been an ongoing problem for months needs to be checked. If there was a simple explanation, you would have found it. Since the symptoms were not temporary, it is important to find out what is going on. So do get checked. Good luck! ...Read more

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Stubbed toe 6 weeks ago, broke off part of nail. It still hurts and it's getting worse. It hurts when I put any kind of pressure on it. What could it be?

Stubbed toe 6 weeks ago, broke off part of nail. It still hurts and it's getting worse. It hurts when I put any kind of pressure on it. What could it be?

Fracture: Though an injury like this is usually a sprain, a fracture is always possible. If it hasn't improved yet, go see your doctor so they can get an xray to confirm or rule out a fracture. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have a sharp pain on my big toe, in the corner where the nail is, it only hurts when pressure is placed on it. Was just wondering what it could be.?

Pushing too hard..: It sounds like you have a sharp area of nail, known as a nail spicule, causing sharp pain when pushed on. Stop pushing on it and have it evaluated if the condition escalates. Sometimes all that is needed is a simple trimming of the spicule. ...Read more

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I have pain ontop of my big toe. It looks completely normal and I am positive that I do not have an ingrown nail. When I put pressure on it, it hurts.

If indeed you are: Correct there is no ingrown toenail other possibilities could include a subungual exostosis or a bone spur under the toenail, an enchondroma or similiar type of bony lesion. Make sure shoes are proper fit and you weren't wearing anyone too tight. An xray would be a good starting point. ...Read more

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My pinky toenails have fallen off on both my left and right feet. No discolouration, odor or pain, and I've not hurt my toes either. I noticed there is new nail growth when the nail fell off. I'm 19 and take good care of my body. Why could this be happenin

My pinky toenails have fallen off on both my left and right feet. No discolouration, odor or pain, and I've not hurt my toes either. I noticed there is new nail growth when the nail fell off. I'm 19 and take good care of my body. Why could this be happenin

Not sure, pressure?: You could be placing pressure on pinky nails daily due to how you walk, what shoes you are wearing. If new nail growing in that is good news. There was no sign of fungal infection either it sounds like. ...Read more

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Have a rather large reddish blotch on big toenail, hurts when any pressure is applied?

Have a rather large reddish blotch on big toenail, hurts when any pressure is applied?

Depends: It might be a Subungual Hematorma (Bleeding under the Nail). You did not describe trauma like stubbing your toe or dropping a heavy obfect on toe.
I would have a Doctor look at it. They may be able to decompress the area which may releive the pain ...Read more

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Finger had a lot of pressure applied to it from being crushed a little 4 hours ago... Nail still hurts and has white lines. Will it fall off?

Finger had a lot of pressure applied to it from being crushed a little 4 hours ago... Nail still hurts and has white lines. Will it fall off?

Hard to say: If it turns black and blue down to the base it might. White lines don't indicate that it will. Bet it really hurts. Sure you did not crush the bone at the tip? ...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 woke up and notice my left thumb was hurting when applied pressure on the finger nail why does it hurt?

I woke up and notice my left thumb was hurting when applied pressure on the finger nail why does it hurt?

Need more info: Many reasons could be the cause of your complaint from infection, foreign body under the nail or trauma. Please see your family physician and have him/her look a your finger. ...Read more

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I have 1 spot in each big toenail and is purple/red color the spots are gettin darker and it don't hurt at all Both are By the same place of the nail?

Fungus: With no history of injury, it is most likely a fungal infection. There are other possible causes as well. I would not hesitate to be seen and treated for it. ...Read more

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I have a random bruise under my big toenail, as it appears. I didn't hurt it, but I just saw it today when I took off nail polish. Any suggestions?

I have a random bruise under my big toenail, as it appears. I didn't hurt it, but I just saw it today when I took off nail polish. Any suggestions?

Microtrauma: Your toenail is most likely being bruised because of how your big toe functions. You get too much pressure on the toe and it traps the nail bed between the hard nail and the bone, causing a bruise. There is a solution for this which involves rebalancing the mechanics of your foot. There are many podiatrists in your area that can help. I have offices in McKinney and Prosper, TX. ...Read more

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Right leg. The top tip of my big toe has constaint pain. The nail bed always hurts never goes away. Don't belive its gout or ingrown toenail. Help plz?

Right leg. The top tip of my big toe has constaint pain. The nail bed always hurts never goes away. Don't belive its gout or ingrown toenail. Help plz?

Many possibilities: Your pain could be as a result of many different things. Causes of pain may include: trauma (fracture, sprain, arthritis), infection (ingrown nail), metabolic conditions (gout), musculoskeletal or biomechanical abnormality and neurologic conditions (neuropathy). A thorough history and physical exam and possibly some laboratory and radiology exams are needed to determine the exact cause. ...Read more

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Why does the edge of my toenail hurt? Podiatrist said no ingrown nail. Saw another podiatrist he said no ingrown. Could mild crps be the cause?

Why does the edge of my toenail hurt? Podiatrist said no ingrown nail. Saw another podiatrist he said no ingrown. Could mild crps be the cause?

Why does the edge: Crps gives the foot a mottled appearance, either very cold or hot with severe constant pain, skin can feel wet. If you think crps, see a neurologist asap for evaluation, MRI will pick it up too. ...Read more

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If my nail still hurts 4 months after ingrown toenail surgery would you recommend having a total nail alvusion for the pain to stop?

If my nail still hurts 4 months after ingrown toenail surgery would you recommend having a total nail alvusion for the pain to stop?

Have it looked at.: You may still have a piece of nail in the corner or a recurrence of the problem. You may want to have a permanent procedure to remove the recurrent ingrown toenail. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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So I had an ingrown toenail removed a few months ago. Went great, but now I have skin growing over the edge of my nail and it hurts what should I do?

So I had an ingrown toenail removed a few months ago. Went great, but now I have skin growing over the edge of my nail and it hurts what should I do?

See a foot Doc.: About the only thing you can do is return to the doctor who removed your nail in the first place. Having said that, make sure whoever evaluates it now has expertise in handling this specific post operative condition. ...Read more

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Have an ingrown toenail but it isn't infected. Doesn't hurt or itch. I put cotton under the nail but it isn't going away. What should I do?

See a: Podiatrist before it starts to hurt or get infected. If it is truly ingrown. As it grows further will begin to tunnel into the skin potentially causing problems. The podiatrist will cut the nail down to keep it from growing into the skin. So have it evaluated before it becomes a problem ...Read more

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Why does my foot hurt bad after it got the ingrown toenail removed by a doctor befour the nail even grew all the way back a sharp pain?

Why does my foot hurt bad after it got the ingrown toenail removed by a doctor befour the nail even grew all the way back a sharp pain?

Follow up: With the doctor who performed the procedure. Sometimes, there may be a piece of nail that was not removed, other times a cyst may of developed where the procedure was performed. ...Read more

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Why does my toe nail hurt constantly?

Location, location..: The location of the pain would help. Side (s) pain usually means the nail is ingrown. When the central part is painful, then there could be something growing under the nail. This growth can cause pressure on the nail bed which can make the nail plate seem to hurt. To remove all doubt, have your toe evaluated. ...Read more