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Toes (Definition)

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


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When cold weather I feel cold toes, no color change, I have elevated antiRNP 1.7 last 4yrs and no diagnosis. Onset of raynauds or vasculitis?

When cold weather I feel cold toes, no color change, I have elevated antiRNP 1.7 last 4yrs and no diagnosis. Onset of raynauds or vasculitis?

No: With the information you have given, there definitely not enough evidence for a diagnosis of vasculitis. Raynaud's phenomenon would require a color change. I would not fixate on the positive RNP as a certain percentage of normal individuals have a unexplained positive RNP. Cold toes are quite common. ...Read more

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Arthritic changes in big toes, what to do?

Arthritic changes in big toes, what to do?

Depends: What the changes are and where exactly they are located. Would also depend on how much pain it is causing. If there is no pain you don't necessarily have to do anything.
Options include: topical antiinflammatories, injection therapy, orthotics and surgery. ...Read more

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Hello. Why is my 13 month walking on her toes and how do I change this. Thanks.

No change needed: Usually, toe walking resolves without treatment. You may want to have her checked by a podiatrist who treats children to insure she doesn't have a tight achilles tendon, limitation of ankle motion or other neurological issue. That being said, most toe walking is benign and resolves spontaneously. ...Read more

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Hi! I have this dark spot on my toe, is this ok? It didn't grow or change, has been here for months

Hi! I have this dark spot on my toe, is this ok? It didn't grow or change, has been here for months

Yes: It should be fine, but keep an eye on it. Over your lifetime, "birthmarks" can occur anywhere on your body and can be relatively benign. Unless there is irregularity, bleeding, or concerning features such as open wound, it usually isn't something to worry about. However, if you are worried, see your dermatologist or podiatrist for a biopsy. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Minor cystic changes in my big toe. What is that mean?

Where are Cysts?: Minor cystic changes could be either soft tissue or osseous (bony). If they are osseous, it really does not mean much. Most of us have some "minor" cystic changes in our bones. If they are numerous, one could be dealing with an entity like ollier's disease. Minor cystic changes in soft tissue are less common and would likely be associated with some sort of tumor. Check w your doc on this. ...Read more

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A toe amputation of which toes might not change your gait?

A toe amputation of which toes might not change your gait?

Isolated: The amputation of isolated toes generally does not lead to a significant change in gait. ...Read more

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My second toes are curving towards my third toes. I changed my shoes. It doesn't hurt. Is there anything I can do to uncurl my toes?

My second toes are curving towards my third toes. I changed my shoes. It doesn't hurt. Is there anything I can do to uncurl my toes?

Longfellows.: There is always a way to treat curly toes. It really depends on age, underlying bone structure, soft tissue involvement, toe length pattern and the like. An evaluation by a competent specialist should be able to suggest the available treatment options. ...Read more

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He can't take care of himself &Shaa diabetes so he's also missing a toe. Last night when his bandage was being changed there were MANY worms-why?

He can't take care of himself &Shaa diabetes so he's also missing a toe. Last night when his bandage was being changed there were MANY worms-why?

Worms: I don't know why this is happening but he must be taken to the nearest Emergency facility. If his age prevents his going to a hospital you must arrange for a doctor to come to the house and try and improve the problem. ...Read more

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How to change dressings after toe nail surgery?

How to change dressings after toe nail surgery?

Ask your doctor.: Who did the surgery? Call the office and ask for post-operative instructions. ...Read more

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Change to sandals if callus on toe from shoes?

Change to sandals if callus on toe from shoes?

Depends on the cause: Many things can cause calluses. Some reasons that one may develop a callus include: viral infections (warts), friction, pressure, repedetive trauma, and a limitation of joint motion. Some genetic conditions may also cause people to develop calluses on the hands and the feet. Treatment depends on the cause of the problem. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Should I be seen right away for a toe that has changed colors quickly after I had a blister on it a few weeks ago?

Should I be seen right away for a toe that has changed colors quickly after I had a blister on it a few weeks ago?

Bleeding: Most likely you had bleeding underneath the skin ("bruise"), or sometime, hematoma after trauma/contusion. If no broken skin, unlikely you would have infection. Skin cancer would never grow in "a few weeks". So, it's a non-urgent situation. ...Read more

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Both of my big toes are numb I fell asleep waiting on a light to change. My left side hurt to wear I couldn't sleep on it

Both of my big toes are numb I fell asleep waiting on a light to change. My left side hurt to wear I couldn't sleep on it

Big: Big toe numbness can be caused by compression of a nerve or nerves in the lower limbs, which may occur during sleep in unusual positions.

There are a few instances in which persistent toe numbness could be the sign of a larger problem, but this is not highly likely. A visit to a primary care doctor (internal medicine, family practice or urgent care) for an examination and individual attention can get to the bottom of the problem.

There is a far more serious problem: it is not normal for a driver of a vehicle to fall asleep while waiting for a light to change. This abnormal degree of sleepiness could be caused a number of things, including the effects of medical or recreational drugs (such as pain medication, allergy medication, anxiety medication, alcohol), not getting enough sleep (such as shift work, sleep apnea), or a problem called narcolepsy. Regardless of the cause, falling asleep while waiting for a light to change is an indication of circumstances in which the person should absolutely not be driving. Drowsy driving and falling asleep at the wheel can severely injure or kill the driver or, even worse, passengers, other drivers, or innocent bystanders (such as a school bus full of kids).

It is very important to get evaluated for the cause of drowsy driving and to refrain from driving until the problem is fixed. ...Read more

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Can I change the bandage aroubd my big toe that was stiched 5 days ago and put a new one? Also, can I wash it with soap and water?

Can I change the bandage aroubd my big toe that was stiched 5 days ago and put a new one? Also, can I wash it with soap and water?

Ask your doctor: Different surgeons have different protocols in the postoperative care of your toe. Some advocate early bathing, others would prefer the bandage be kept dry and undisturbed. If the dressing got wet or dirty, ask your doctor what he/she wants you to do. ...Read more

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How do I know if my bunions are in fact bunions or gout? They don't change in size & both big toes are quite straight. Bunions hurt occasionally.

Arthritis type: Bunions is a arthritis related to deformity. Will be painful when pressure is rubbing on the deformity such as certain tight or types of shoes. When arthritis exists inside of the joint as well then motion at the joint is painful as well. Gout is related to a particular acid, Uric acid that build up in the blood stream that deposits as crystals in joint. So X-rays blood test, joint fluid test. ...Read more

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My toe nail has stopped growing from 3 months and it's color has changed to yellowish from above and the belw is turning to whitish What should I do?

My toe nail has stopped growing from 3 months and it's color has changed to yellowish from above and the belw is turning to whitish What should I do?

Have it cultured: Often an nail may stop growing due to a fungal infection. A nail clipping sent to pathology can truly determine a fungal infection of the toenails called onychomycosis. If there is no fungal infection there are other reasons that may be possible such as yellow nail syndrome, psoriatic nail, microtrauma which caused damage to the nail root, etc. See your podiatrist to get the full evaluation needed ...Read more

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Can nail polish cause nail damage? Change in the color of the toe nail?

Probably not: But foot surgery, especially a cast, may well cause fungus or blood in a nail. You might wish to see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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My two big toe nails are not attached to the skin under from half to top. There's discoloration. I used Mycoster 8% but nothing changed. Any advice?

My two big toe nails are not attached to the skin under from half to top. There's discoloration. I used Mycoster 8% but nothing changed. Any advice?

Most likely onychomy: Onychomycosis--a fungal infection of the nailbed. If this is the condition, it will continue to worsen. When it hits the nail growth plate, the nail will grow out thick and ugly. This condition may be treated with anti-fungal oral medication like griseofulvin, which is expensive and with potential adverse side-effects. Alternative: paint the nails with colorless tincture of iodine daily. ...Read more

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I am itching from head to toe nothing has changed in my daily life. I think I am allergic to my hormones. I'm miserable?

I am itching from head to toe nothing has changed in my daily life. I think I am allergic to my hormones. I'm miserable?

New allergies can: Develop at any time. Odds are you have developed an allergy to something that has contact over your whole body - i.e. body wash, soap, or laundry detergent. Start changing these items to low fragrant options and to ones with limited amount of chemicals/dye. See if you have improvement. When in doubt work with your primary doctor or find an allergist to do testing. ...Read more

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My nails in hand has black lines and I have color changes in my toes. Moreover my toes are always cold. Do I need to worry about this?

My nails in hand has black lines and I have color changes in my toes. Moreover my toes are always cold. Do I need to worry about this?

There is: Worrying, and there is looking into. Worrying doesn't help so stop it. The blank lines may be a normal variant esp in multiple fingers. However, melanoma needs to be part of the differential and looked at by a qualified doctor. The cold feet may be secondary to a Raynaud's type syndrome. ...Read more

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How do I tell if the skin on top of my big toe is dry or fungal? I've been applying moisturizing cream for a few months and there has been no change.

Skin: Your podiatrist or dermatologist can scrape a skin sample and send it to the laboratory for examination and report. That report may reveal whether there is fungus in the tissue or not. If there is no fungus problem then a skin punch biopsy could reveal a condition such as psoriasis eczema or contact dermatitis, to suggest a few possibilities. ...Read more

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Small area in upper outer corner of my right big toe is slightly numb, nothing in leg or other toes. Only change I can think is summer sandals. Cause?

Small area in upper outer corner of my right big toe is slightly numb, nothing in leg or other toes. Only change I can think is summer sandals. Cause?

Is the nail: Ingrown at all? Toe swollen? Recent pedicure? Are your sandals flat? If so....may be secondary to a back issue as flat shoes can strain back.... ...Read more

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I have a circular black dot on/under my toe nail bed. It has been there for a couple of years and hasn't changed nor gotten any worse. Between skin/nail?

See specialist: Any area of discoloration that you are concerned about needs to be looked at in person or virtually. A biopsy is typically recommended, especially if there is a change in shape, color, texture or size. ...Read more