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Doctor insights on: Very Short Toenails

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What health risks are associated with toenails that have been cut too short?

What health risks are associated with toenails that have been cut too short?

Not much: Depending on the instrument used the most that could possibly happen is an infection which can be prevented by sterilizing instrument

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 toenail got ripped off and grew back short thick & yellow. What's a working cream or medicine to use for over the counter? Most effecting please!!!

My toenail got ripped off and grew back short thick & yellow. What's a working cream or medicine to use for over the counter? Most effecting please!!!

The problem here: Is you need to know if the toenail became fungal or if that nail is thick for other reasons. I.e bacterial colonization or subungual keratinazation. A thick yellow stubby nail is not always fungal. Topical meds for fungus are not highly effective either. If your inclined to try one you can but you will be applying for many months duration & 1 is not necessarily better than others.

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How can I get rid of ingrown toe nails? I have major problems with ingrown toenails, I clip them out only to have them back in a short period of time.

How can I get rid of ingrown toe nails? I have major problems with ingrown toenails, I clip them out only to have them back in a short period of time.

Ingrown nails: Many times, ingrown nails are actually caused by a deformity at the nail root or matrix. If you have had to remove them several times, chances are some type of surgical procedure would need to be done to stop the nail from growing at that border. It is a simple procedure and has very good outcomes.

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When trimming my toenails about two weeks ago, I cut my big toe nail very short now I see a pink line. Could it be Bacterial Endocarditis or trauma?

When trimming my toenails about two weeks ago, I cut my big toe nail very short now I see a pink line. Could it be Bacterial Endocarditis or trauma?

Local infection?: I wouldn't think endocarditis based on that. But it could be a local infection. When we cut nails too short; or pull off too much, we can tug some skin out with the nail, leaving a cut that can allow for the introduction of bacteria.

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Legs are weaker.....Feet always cold, short of breathe......Toenails slight purple.....Could you have a pulmonary embolism developing? Any blood test?

Legs are weaker.....Feet always cold, short of breathe......Toenails slight purple.....Could you have a pulmonary embolism developing? Any blood test?

Possibly: Did your symptoms appear suddenly, or have they been developing over time? There are a number of causes for these symptoms - heart failure, venous insufficiency, thyroid conditions, arterial disease, blood clots - and you should see your doctor to be evaluated for all of these things.

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Can you tell me is 5 foot 0 short for a 14 year old boy?

Can you tell me is 5 foot 0 short for a 14 year old boy?

5-10% range: 5 '0"" is at the 5-10% range for males at age 14 by cdc growth charts. That means 90-95% of males will be taller.

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What is the most common outcome of a broken in half, in the middle perfectly of the 5th metacarsal boone in my foot? Short + long term prognosis-truth

What is the most common outcome of a broken in half, in the middle perfectly of the 5th metacarsal boone in my foot? Short + long term prognosis-truth

Depends: Healing depends on the type of fracture and any surrounding soft tissue injury, what treatment was given, did it require surgery, how well the bone heals etc. Without information to the contrary, I don't know why is would not heal entirely. It may take a while, several months, to feel up to full activity.

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I'm suffer from flat foot & I can't stand for a long + short time without swelling & sever pain : (?

I'm suffer from flat foot & I can't stand for a long + short time without swelling & sever pain : (?

Visit Podiatrist...: It sounds like you should be evaluated for a pair of custom functional orthotics.

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Found out left leg is shorter 1.5 can this be causing my pain all along my left side body from foot to neck? If so what can I do?

Found out left leg is shorter 1.5 can this be causing my pain all along my left side body from foot to neck? If so what can I do?

Short Leg: Yes. Having one side shorter can cause compensations throught the knees, hips, back and neck. A simplme lift to the shoe can help to couteract all of this. See a foot and ankle specialist for a complete exam and to see if special inserts or a shoe modification can help you out.