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Toenail problems

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  • Posted By: hgalish
  • August 18, 2009
  • 05:41 PM

Over 10 years ago a very big girl stomped on my foot during PE class. My big toe took the brunt of the force and bled. Later on the toenail fell off and did not grow back correctly. I have been to two different podiatrists and have had the nail removed twice. My current dr. has also tested for fungus, but it continues to come back negative. The nail usually grows in very slowly and is thick, rough and uneven. It has also not grown in completely but looks very stunted/stubby. The color appears to be greenish-brown with a white streak through it. It is not only that it is ugly (even I don't like to look at it!) but it can be painful as well, especially with certain shoes. Also, if I drop anything on it or a kid steps on me, it's very painful! I'm young and don't want to have to worry about or deal with this for the rest of my life. (It would also be nice to be able to wear peep-toe pumps again...) Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

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  • The only thing I can think of is that your toe was broken and has now set improperly. The nail might be trying to grow around it, but that's just my guess.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 18, 2009
    • 06:24 PM
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  • I had a similar problem. It was on the middle toe on y left foot. A door was slammed into my toe and the nail broke and bled and it grew funny after that. It didn't bother me until I was 14. It started to hurt all the time. The doctor thought it was fungus and gave me stuff to take which didn't help. After that they tested for fungus and it came back negative. After about a year of it driving me crazy I went to a specialist who said it was thickening as a result of nail bed damage. They said the reason it was hurting was that it was getting caught in my shoes. I had it removed and they burnt the nail bed to stop it regrowing.This was 10 years ago so their could be other treatments now besides removing it permanently.I'm glad I got it removed because besides hurting it looked awful and people don't notice a missing toenail as much as a the thick one.You should ask your doctor for a referral to a podiatrist.
    EstherDrabo 2 Replies
    • August 18, 2009
    • 06:55 PM
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