Help have sore red toe

By VaHermit Latest Reply 2011-07-19 12:53:39 -0500
Started 2011-07-13 00:05:13 -0500

I know diabetics have to watch injury to your feet. I had an ingrown toenail on my big toe. I did as i have done all my life. IT was sore…I washed it and put Neosporin on it it got better. Went to the doc not concerned. NOW a month later its angry red again and tender and about 2 weeks ago I did the wash and Neosporin to a few days the redness went away and I was on Antibiotics Sunday to Sunday last week, now its sore and angry again. Called the doc…6 weeks to get an appointment. Money very tight…should I go to a walkin clinic or just wait the 6 weeks? Any helpful ideas of home remedy would be appreciated. I am a little frightened as Just new to all this. When I get up in the morning it looks normal but after about 3 hours its red and stays that way all day. I have been told to use mouth wash on it like a soak, also to make poultice of salt and soda…wrap it and leave it OTA…betadine, and this was my favorite of all the advice my friend said lemon juice…Help I don't know what to do. No transportation, doc unconcerned. You guys have good ideas and advice and I need some, Thanks to all who reply :-/

14 replies

Terri5 2011-07-19 12:53:39 -0500 Report

It will cost less to have and ingrown toe nail removed than lossing your toe and you will feel instant releif after. It is so worth it, I have the same trouble from time to time, so I know what you are feeling. Good luck.

Gemm 2011-07-13 10:58:36 -0500 Report

I agree with the others who say get it taken care of ASAP - walk-in clinic, ER whatever, just DO NOT try to take care of it yourself anymore. Case in point: my father-in-law had the same problem, ingrown toe nail. He removed it himself but because of his neuropathy he didn't feel the on-going surface pain that was left. He ended up septic and had to have 2 amputations done on that leg - the 1st didn't heal and he ended up septic again. A couple of months later he died as a direct result of that initial ingrown toe nail that he tried to take care of himself and of not taking care of himself and his diabetes or his feet.

Don't mean to be such a downer on this but it is very important. My husband is diabetic too and he really worries about his feet because of what happened to his father. He also has 3 brothers who are diabetic. One is like their father and doesn't take care of himself or his diabetes - he's in denial about it and the problems it can cause. The other 2 take care of themselves. He has another brother whom we think may also be one but he's too afraid to go to the doctor to find out.

HUGS and good luck

VaHermit 2011-07-14 23:32:21 -0500 Report

Thank you…I got a cancellation for Monday AM…it is not hot and sore like 5 days ago. I just cannot pay 200-1000 dollars for walkin or er. I know it sounds ridiculous
even to me. I have nearly always avoided doctors…I do not trust them and nearly all the docs in this town are not english speaking [broken english at best]. I live i florida and healthcare is an after thought. the health department 5 years ago stopped seeing adults except pregnant. I want to move but just have no ability to do so. Thanks for caring…

sue11542 2011-07-13 09:51:39 -0500 Report

First and foremost you must never, I repeat never go without shoes either in the house or outside. Next to the immediate problem, you need to get to a walk in clinic or an emergency room without delay. There is some kind of chronic infection going on in your foot and you need to have it taken care of ASAP!!!! I hear you about your insurance or lack of it but this is much more important. If you wait the six weeks that your doc expects you face the chance of loosing your toe, foot, leg. Please take care of the toe ASAP. I don't know where you live but I am sure that your town has some kind of transportation that you can utiilize. Call the Police Dept. and ask them to direct you to appropriate transportation. After you have taken care of the immediate problem please, please find a new doc, a better one. Ask around, family, friends, etc. to see who they use and are they satisifed with the individual. Your doc either doesn't know anything about Diabetes or doesn't care. Please take good care of yourself and let us know what the outcome is.

VaHermit 2011-07-14 23:34:16 -0500 Report

i got a cancellation for monday. will have to wait…see above post for more…thank you for advice and concern…

sue11542 2011-07-15 14:41:49 -0500 Report

I'm glad to hear that you are going to the doc in a timely fashion, not through any fault of yours though. Please keep us informed of progress. I have my fingers and toes crossed for you and will keep you in my prayers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GabbyPA 2011-07-13 09:05:57 -0500 Report

This is something that you need to tell your podiatrist that it needs to be attended to now. I am sure there could be a cancellation that they could fit you in on. If he is aware that you are diabetic, then he should take it very seriously. Specially since it has been bothering you for some time already.

Until you can get in, if you soak the foot in a water and Listerine mixture it can help with the germs. Make sure your foot bath is very (and I mean very) clean.

I suffer with ingrown toe nails and I don't take them lightly anymore.

VaHermit 2011-07-14 23:39:20 -0500 Report

podiatrist very scarce here, most booked up months ahead. In er here you see a family practice same as i see at the clinic still no podiatrist unless admitted to hospital. walkin clinics here are a joke PA or ARNP which is likely better than a the docs i have seen. Tried to get a way to a bigger town so far no luck so just have to wait it out to monday. Thanks for the concern and the listerine solution…been doing that use a dixie cup and just my toe in it then toss the cup.

GabbyPA 2011-07-16 08:06:06 -0500 Report

I live in the Ocala area and I have a very reasonable podiatrist. I am a self pay and my toe surgery was only (relatively) $400. It was worth it.

VaHermit 2011-07-17 19:53:16 -0500 Report

was it done in the office? I am told its cheaper in the office or a surgi-center. After I see the MD tomorrow I will know more. IF he sends me to the foot guy tomorrow, I guess I am stuck. Thanks for sharing.

GabbyPA 2011-07-18 14:39:58 -0500 Report

Yes they just numb the toe, take out the nail, and bandage you up. You go back for a couple of follow up visits and it's done. It only takes about 10 minutes. Takes longer for the toe to go numb. LOL There is discomfort after, but it is nothing compared to an ingrown toe nail. That is one of the worst feelings I have ever dealt with.

JoleneAL 2011-07-13 06:23:36 -0500 Report

Your doctor is unconcerned and you're just going to go along with it? Get to a podiatrist asap. Your doctor being unconcerned is concerning. Your whole health is important as a diabetic. Call a taxi, a neighbor, a community center that will provide transpo - but only a specialist is going to be able to determine what is going on. Infections on the feet left untreated could cause your foot to get lost.

VaHermit 2011-07-14 23:45:24 -0500 Report

i have medicare replacement HMO which i am fast learning was a mistake but it pays more than medicare does but every twich cost more…xray $75 heaven help me if I have to have a CT or MRI. My doc is family practice…polite but i am not trusting of any doc…only 2 at the clinic and only 4 in the town the other 2 are from what i have been told not diabetic friendly…the best md is at the other clinic and my insurance will not pay for them. very distressed. i am hoping to move but that is about as hard as finding a good doc. thank you i appreciate your input.

VaHermit 2011-07-13 00:09:04 -0500 Report

addendum…i do not wear shoes in the house and birkis outside so it gets a lot of air and I do the wash n neo 3 sometimes 4 times a day. Right now it hurts as though I stubbed it but I did not. Thanks guys