Gross toenails

By helen7898 Latest Reply 2011-06-25 16:16:23 -0500
Started 2011-06-15 23:31:31 -0500

I have an appointment with my dr, but am scared, cause Ive have heard so much about feet care. My one big toe nail is getting black and really thick and growing crooked and is a little red. Is this really serious? I don't want to loose my toe. i have lots of walking to do yet LOL

13 replies

Emma2412 2011-06-18 10:37:31 -0500 Report

Hi. The problem sounds like a fungus to me, and if it is, there's nothing to worry about. Your doctor can take care of that easy. It would be a whole lot different if it was your toe and not the nail that was turning black. That would be something to be concerned about.
Take care.

JoleneAL 2011-06-16 12:04:31 -0500 Report

I see a podiatrist once a year (reminding myself now to make an appointment). He told me last visit - you're fine. My nail technician does my pedi's and her husband being a diabetic she knows what to look for too. So I get them looked at pretty regular by her and then a doctor. Hopefully what is going on with your toe is quickly treatable, but if left unattended could cause problems. Before doc gets in the room, take off your shoes and when he says, "how are we today," point to the toe first. Get it out of the way!

GabbyPA 2011-06-16 08:06:23 -0500 Report

I would also suggest seeing a podiatrist. It sounds like a fungus, but that can lead to other things and he would know best. My big toe nails would do that. I used to call my one toe nail the Godzilla Toe!! LOL. Really, it was nasty. So since it was also ingrown, I asked him to remove the entire nail and let a new healthy one grow back. It did and I apply a cream to my nails to keep the fungus away.

1creekindian 2011-06-18 14:32:15 -0500 Report

I'm like helen 7898, I didnt' know a new one would grow back, the people that I know that had theirs removed, it didnt' grow back. hmmm.
I also, had a nail fungus, but I used a natural remedy to clear mine, I used tea tree oil, also knows as melaluca oil and it cleared it up with in about a month of applying it. It smells to high heaven but it worked.

GabbyPA 2011-06-19 08:30:52 -0500 Report

The doctor can "kill" the nail bed and it will not grow back. He did that at the corner that kept ingrowing. So my nail is shaped a little funny, but it grew back except along the left side that was the problem.

jayabee52 2011-06-16 06:33:55 -0500 Report

Bring your toe to your Dr's attention, if he diesn't ask to see your feet. It is a standard of care for Drs of patients with diabetes to examine your feet for any problems such as this.

It COULD definitely be serious or it may not be. Only the Dr could determine that. It might be a good time to ask Dr for a referral to a podiatrist whose main practice is diabetic foot care.

In fact you might wish to take your shoes and socks off in the exam room while waiting for Dr to come in. That way it does show him you take the issue seriously.

rtg 2011-06-15 23:46:27 -0500 Report

Have your doctor refer you to a podiatrist specializing in diabetic foot care. It made all the difference to me.

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