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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

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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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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