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Please tell me what should I do about my split toenail?

Please tell me what should I do about my split toenail?

See below.: If any nail is loose or detached you can cut it if it can be done safely. If in doubt, see podiatrist. Perhaps the reason that this occurred can also be ascertained and prevented. ...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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How should you stop a split toenail from continuing to split as it grows?

How should you stop a split toenail from continuing to split as it grows?

Removal: Go see a podiatrist, they can perform a simple in-office procedure that can permanently remove the offending part of the toenail. ...Read more

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I have predibetes. Without lifestyle change, generally how fast to advance to diabetes? Both my big toenails suddenly split. Is this related?

I have predibetes. Without lifestyle change, generally how fast to advance to diabetes? Both my big toenails suddenly split. Is this related?

Pre-diabetes to: Frank diabetes transition rate varies from person to person, some of that variability is due to lifestyle. No matter what the rate, please consider getting some support and guidance from a nutritionist or doc to make changes now. It can be better than you think and you may prevent lots of problems in the future. You can do it. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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My pinki toenail is split vertically with one half completly attached and the other half only attached at the cuticle it isn't bleeding at all?

My pinki toenail is split vertically with one half completly attached and the other half only attached at the cuticle it isn't bleeding at all?

Damaged nail: My suggestion is to carefully cut down the detached portion of nail by clipping it. You may want to protect it with covering by bandaid. ...Read more

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My second toenail has split in half down the middle down to the base. Should I clip one half off? Do I need to see a doctor? How do I restore my nail?

Podiatry: I would encourage you to see a podiatrist. This is the type of thing they treat regularly. A podiatrist can provide treatment/ recommendations that will lead to the best outcome. ...Read more

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When your toenail splits in half, will it look normal again after it heals?

When your toenail splits in half, will it look normal again after it heals?

Depends on the cause: If the cause of the split in the nail was a traumatic injury, then the nail matrix at the back of the nail could be damaged and this would cause permanent changes to the nail. If the matrix was not involved the nail should grow out without issues. Other reasons for a nail to split would be nutritional or metabolic. These can be resolved with diet and supplements. Check with your foot doctor. ...Read more

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I have a toenail that has a split in it down to the nail bed, it has been like this for about a year. How do I get or to grow back together?

If the root : Of the nail is damaged you may not be able to. You can have the toenail removed and see how the new one grows in. ...Read more

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I split my toe open and cracked the top of my toenail. I've been covering it and using peroxide and neosporin. Will it heal in five days?

Toenail injury: Healing depends on the size and depth of the injury, but it often takes more than 5 days. If you develop fever, if the entire toe swells more and gets more red, or if you see increasing pus formation, a doctor needs to check this immediately. If it was a small superficial skin injury with localized redness that doesn't spread or get worse, it is okay to watch it for now. ...Read more

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I'm a dancer, but I've got saddle left foot. Hence, when I go onto my right split, it is very pain for me. What should I do?

I'm a dancer, but I've got saddle left foot. Hence, when I go onto my right split, it is very pain for me. What should I do?

See physician: You should see a physician and have imaging to evaluate for stress fracture or another injury. If the injury is soft tissue working with a therapist familiar with dancers would be very beneficial to your rehabilitation. ...Read more

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What causes a split-second falling sensation? It seems to happen when I am reading on the phone, watching tv, or if my leg or foot shifts position.

What causes a split-second falling sensation?  It seems to happen when I am reading on the phone, watching tv, or if my leg or foot shifts position.

See doctor: You're describing a fleeting vertigo or a fainting- like sensation that could have many causes. See your pcp for exam and proper diagnosis. Write down all meds you take, any alcohol/drug/tobacco/caffeine use. If all is normal, consider seeing a mental health professional to look at anxiety as a factor. ...Read more

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I get a skin split under my toes often. It goes from one foot to the other. I have tried anti-fungus Which didn't help. What can I do to stop it.?

I get a skin split under my toes often. It goes from one foot to the other. I have tried anti-fungus Which didn't help. What can I do to stop it.?

Split skin: On toes tends to be a problem with going barefoot. The skin gets very dry and cracks. It can also happen with feet that sweat a lot. With the wet dry cycle the skin gets macerated and then cracks. It is important to keep your feet clean and dry. Wear a different pair of shoes daily, alternating at least two. Powders may help, don't go barefoot often if that is the problem. ...Read more

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I'm a diabetic, my toe nail has split down the centre and is hurting. It is also dry and irritable. What can I do?

I'm a diabetic, my toe nail has split down the centre and is hurting. It is also dry and irritable. What can I do?

See a Podiatrist: Nail split and hurting-may be early infection, see a podiatrist as soon as possible. When you call to make the appointment identify yourself a diabetic so you can get in sooner. ...Read more

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I had a callus on my foot that I peeled and it has spread over the bottom of my foot. Its dry and painful with cracks and splits. Will gold bond heal?

I had a callus on my foot that I peeled and it has spread over the bottom of my foot. Its dry and painful with cracks and splits. Will gold bond heal?

Please see: Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. Your dermatologist can give you a better treatment than gold bond. ...Read more

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My finger nails and toe nails are so thin. They split down the middle. What would cause this?

My finger nails and toe nails are so thin. They split down the middle.  What would cause this?

Genetic issues: Nail issues can be hereditary, nutritional or trauma related. I would not be concerned unless they get worse. Look for changes. ...Read more

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My little toe nail is split down close to. The middle and looks like the one side is gonna come off and not the other part no change color or trama?

My little toe nail is split down close to. The middle and looks like the one side is gonna come off and not the other part no change color or trama?

Split: Many times that split on the fifth toe or baby toe is not a toenail at all. That split on one side is hardened skin the same as a corn. While the rest of the mail is intact. The corn on the side of the nail is caused by a small bone inside the baby toe. Care includes, trimming or padding or a piece of bone can be removed. Or the baby tneeds to be rotated into a straightened position. Thank. ...Read more

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I have just recently gotten a cast of my foot for a possible split tendon in my ankle. I am know experiencing a burning pain near my ankle. Is that o?

I have just recently gotten a cast of my foot for a possible split tendon in my ankle. I am know experiencing a burning pain near my ankle. Is that o?

Nerve damage: If the cast has been applied too tight you could have damaged your nerves. Also, if you had the cast on for a long time you may have CRP syndrome. You need a neurologic evaluation. ...Read more

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Will I need foot surgery for focal longitudinal split tear of the peroneus longus tendon, tenosynovitis of the flexor tendons, or a non visualized atf?

Will I need foot surgery for focal longitudinal split tear of the peroneus longus tendon, tenosynovitis of the flexor tendons, or a non visualized atf?

MAYBE: For the flexor tenosynovitis, no; PT, rest w/ a boot, NSAID's may help. "Non-visualized ATF?" I would have to see you clinically. Do you have an unstable ankle? "Split PL tendon"-I would start w/ a boot or brace, maybe PT. If it does not get better and it hurts, may need repair. Good luck!

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I stubbed my toe and it split the nail and I had to cut it off, now its very swollen, red, and infected. My whole foot is swelling up from it.

I stubbed my toe and it split the nail and I had to cut it off, now its very swollen, red, and infected. My whole foot is swelling up from it.

See doc now!: An infection that is spreading is very serious. Go to an ER or UC now. You don't want it spreading farther! ...Read more

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Why are my toenails so dark?

Why are my toenails so dark?

0_o: It can mean multiple things, from trauma, to mycotic nails, to many more. If painful or new please go see a podiatrist or dermatologist. ...Read more

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Why is my toenails turning dark?

See below: You may have injured it and there is blood under the nail, or you may have a fungus. ...Read more

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Why are my toenails turning black?

Too little info: Too little info here... Could be many things from trauma to fungal issues... You need to see your family doc or a podiatrist for a good history and physical exam. ...Read more

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What causes black lines in the toenails?

Various things: In people with skin of color it may be a normal variation. Skin growths may also cause them, both of the benign and malignant kind. See your dermatologist. ...Read more

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Any options for permanently discolored toenails?

Any options for permanently discolored toenails?

Many options: For fungus nail but first must prove it actually is a fungus. Your dr. Will take a small portion and send to pathology and if fungus there are many treatment options. ...Read more

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What is the feeling of like pins in my toenails?

What is the feeling of like pins in my toenails?

?neuropathy: "Pins and needles" could be due to a neuropathy or nerve irritation issue. If this persists, get the condition evaluated and tested for a "peripheral neuropathy." best wishes. ...Read more

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What are reasons why my toenails are turning brown?

Couple of things: If you have had injury to the toenail then it might be blood under the toenail, it most likely is a fungus that is developing.
See a podiatrist to have it checked. ...Read more

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Why would my toenails getting darker from the sides?

Think fungus: Fungal infections of the nail(s), or onychomycosis. A podiatrist can make the diagnosis, and offer treatment options. ...Read more