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Old 23rd October 2008, 03:27 PM
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I had ingrown toenails on both of my big toes. I went to the podiatrist and he cut out the edges that were ingrown. Three weeks later, I am in more pain than I was prior to the surgery and both of my toes are turning a dark color, like they are bruised. Is this normal?

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You don't specifically say what type of toenail surgery you had, but if your toes are turning dark, you need to have them evaluated IMMEDIATELY, even at a hospital ER if necessary, to determine whether you have a serious vascular insufficiency problem or something more benign, such as bruising. Do NOT delay! Do it NOW!
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You don't specifically say what type of toenail surgery you had.....
How would the average patient know what TYPE of surgery s/he had, FOOTROT? This patient clearly states that the podiatrist '...cut out the edges that were ingrown.' What else would you expect her to say (if this a genuine query in the first place and not a post by you)..."I had a bilateral partial matrix sterilisation surgical operation on both halluces"?
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Old 28th October 2008, 04:06 AM
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It is quite unfortunate that those who come here for actual information sometimes have to be subjected to this sort of idiotic and ignorant tirade as represent by the above reply. But it should be noted that it is the responsibility of any patient undergoing a surgical procedure to make certain that he/she personally understands the actual nature of the surgery, and it is the responsibility of the doctor performing the surgery to make certain that such is the case. Furthermore, one can certainly not in good faith sign a consent form without such knowledge, and any consent from signed in its absence is null and void anyhow.

But the exact type of surgery is not even the issue here. My response to the original question was inequivocable in that, if the toe is turning dark it needs to be seen for evaluation IMMEDIATELY.
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It is quite unfortunate that those who come here for actual information sometimes have to be subjected to this sort of idiotic and ignorant tirade as represent by the above reply.

.....and as evidenced by a multitude of your responses FOOTROT - but we all know that don't we?

But the exact type of surgery is not even the issue here.
....but according to your post it is an issue otherwise how YOU give your on-line medical advice - it was you who asked for this information...
So, try as hard as you can to (1) climb down from the clouds if that is at all possible, and (2) not contradict yourself !!
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It is clear that the poster is attempting to make an inane argument, perhaps as a result of a lack or reading comprehension, but more likely just for the sake of being obnoxious and untoward. But giving him/her the benefit of the doubt, and assuming the former, it is clear that the first part of my reply to the original poster where I offered the rhetorical caveat, "You don't specifically say what type of toenail surgery you had. but . . ." was NOT asking for a clarification of such, and had no bearing on either the thrust or the validity of my response, which, once again was that if a toe turns dark, it should be professionally evaluated immediately.

This will conclude my patience and indulgence with this poster's comments. I would recommend that, depending on the actual motives behind those comments, the poster either work on his/her reading comprehension or find some other venue to vent his/her frustrations, flowing possibly out of poor self-esteem.
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After you rush to the ER, let us know what the diagnosis was and how much the bill was.
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After you rush to the ER, let us know what the diagnosis was and how much the bill was.
I would then have to assume that you believe that every colonoscopy which didn't reveal cancer, every biopsy which didn't find a malignancy, every glaucoma test that didn't reveal glaucoma, every glucose tolerance test that didn't uncover diabetes, and every fire, house and auto insurance payment when neither a fire, a house loss nor auto accident eventuated, were equally ill-advised wastes of money. If YOU want to take the chance that YOUR darkened toe after surgery is of no consequence, then be my guest. But when a questioner asks a professional for general advice in the matter, the ONLY appropriate answer is the one I gave. Rest assured that if YOU had called your OWN doctor with the same scenario, and he/she didn't not recommended what I had, and your toe or more was subsequently lost, you would now be searching the lawyer forums instead of the foot forums.

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I would then have to assume that you believe that every colonoscopy which didn't reveal cancer, every biopsy which didn't find a malignancy, every glaucoma test that didn't reveal glaucoma, every glucose tolerance test that didn't uncover diabetes, and every fire, house and auto insurance payment when neither a fire, a house loss nor auto accident eventuated, were equally ill-advised wastes of money. If YOU want to take the chance that YOUR darkened toe after surgery is of no consequence, then be my guest. But when a questioner asks a professional for general advice in the matter, the ONLY appropriate answer is the one I gave. Rest assured that if YOU had called your OWN doctor with the same scenario, and he/she didn't not recommended what I had, and your toe or more was subsequently lost, you would now be searching the lawyer forums instead of the foot forums.

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Hey administrator - when are U going 2 block FOOTROT's IP ??? - rather hypocritical aren't you blocking others!!!!
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the person asked the question at 4:27 pm so it would be interesting to know whether they went to the er and if so how much it cost or did they wait until next day. if you watch the news, due to economic situation people aren't taking medicine or going to drs. i guess a dr couldn't understand the tough decisions people have to make whether they lose their home or go to dr.
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I had my toenail removed 3 weeks ago due to ingrown toenails, and I am having more problems now than I had before the nail was removed. I have been on anti-biotics for nearly 3 weeks and now my GP has had to prescribe some really strong anti-biotics with some awful side effects. The reason for this is because he informed me that I now have an anaerobic bug. He said that if this is not treated it can lead to gangrene. I am terrified, could I have your comments please?
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What sort of comment are you looking for? The occurrence of an occasional infection is part and parcel of doing and having surgery. Assuming that appropriate sterile technique was employed, the type of infection is not controlled by either the patient or the doctor. From what you said, I suspect it is Clostridium . . not a statistically likely pathogen in this situation, but it can happen. Was the nail procedure performed by a GP, and if so . . why? If it was performed by another specialist, why is the GP treating the infection? The good thing is that it has been recognized and you are, ostensibly, under proper care.
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I think I have come onto an American forum. I was treated under the NHS in England by a podiatrist but have no faith in her anymore. That is why I went to see my GP, who has put me on what seems like copius amounts of anti-biotics. However, after 4 of the 7 day prescription, there is no improvement. I think I may have caught the bug from the surgery site, is this possible?
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I think I may have caught the bug from the surgery site, is this possible?
If by "the bug" you mean the flu or a stomach virus or something that that . . NO
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I would ask your doctor if this is normal. In the meantime, avoid shoes that are too tight. This applies pressure to the nail. Shoes should fit comfortably.
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I had ingrown toenail surgery on both sides of my left big toe last year and it was very painful afterwards. I had to take regular strength hydrocodone for the pain for the first couple of days after the surgery. I had actually thought about getting the right big toe done as a preventative. Well, after having that 1st ingrown toenail removal, I've changed my mind. Two of my daughters have had it done as well and they were in bad pain for the first couple of days, too.

Anyway, my question is this - after my surgery, my toenail had to grow back, but I also had this little extra nail that I call a "horn" growing out the side of the toe where I thought the chemical application would have killed that. I don't know what it is. I do have an appointment this Tuesday to get it looked at, but I was just wondering ahead of time what it might be. This horn started growing back separately from the regular nail.

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It is not uncommon for the chemical to fail to completely kill a portion of the nail matrix which had been intended for destruction, and it sounds like that's what happens here. The spicule sometimes causes another ingrown nail problem and sometimes creates just a nuisance. In either event, it can either be palliatively trimmed or you can opt for a revisionary surgery to be performed.
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It is not uncommon for the chemical to fail to completely kill a portion of the nail matrix which had been intended for destruction, and it sounds like that's what happens here. The spicule sometimes causes another ingrown nail problem and sometimes creates just a nuisance. In either event, it can either be palliatively trimmed or you can opt for a revisionary surgery to be performed.

Oh, ok. Thank you for your reply. My appt. is Tuesday @ 2:15. I will report the diagnosis so at least you'll know what happened, if interested. If it's what you said, I will have it permanently removed so that I won't have to worry about it anymore. The ingrown part on both sides have pretty much been alleviated with the exception of this annoying little "horn" growing! haha. It just catches on everything and has been very hard to trim/cut, so I'd rather just have it gone. I'm not particularly looking forward to being cut on again, but whatever. Thanks again for your quick reply. : )
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Oh, ok. Thank you for your reply. My appt. is Tuesday @ 2:15. I will report the diagnosis so at least you'll know what happened, if interested. If it's what you said, I will have it permanently removed so that I won't have to worry about it anymore. The ingrown part on both sides have pretty much been alleviated with the exception of this annoying little "horn" growing! haha. It just catches on everything and has been very hard to trim/cut, so I'd rather just have it gone. I'm not particularly looking forward to being cut on again, but whatever. Thanks again for your quick reply. : )


I did end up having the "growth" removed as it was the ingrown toenail growing back. It was supposed to have been destroyed by the chemical that was put on it last year when I had it cut out in Aug. 2008. So, I had to get about 5 numbing shots and have the darn thing cut out a 2nd time. My podiatrist said that I was in the 2-3% of patients where this happens. Of course! If something bad is going to happen, it's going to happen to me! I've learned to live with that. Anyway, the toe is fine. It's a little sore, but I'm able to wear closed-toe shoes again and all is well. I just have to continue to soak it in warm water with epsom salt 2 x's/day and wear a bandaid & neosporin. Thanks, Foot Doc, for your timely response and answers. : )
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Thanks, Foot Doc, for your timely response and answers. : )
You're welcome, but I can assure you that the failure rate of a chemical partial matrix destruction is far greater than 2 to 3% no matter who does it. Good luck.
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You're welcome, but I can assure you that the failure rate of a chemical partial matrix destruction is far greater than 2 to 3% no matter who does it. Good luck.
Oh, ok. Well, that makes me feel better! Well, not that it grew back, but that the % of re-growth is higher. Thanks!
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Two weeks ago my wife had a local Podiatrist remove a portion of her big toenail that was ingrown.

He did the proceedure in his office after numbing her toe. He then put her on an antibiotic (Cephalexin 500mg), said to soak it in epsom salts and redress twice per day till the next scheduled visit in two weeks.

After four days her toe was very red and sore so we called and went back to the Dr. He looked and said that her antibiotic was not working on the infection and prescribed another antibiotic (Sulfameth/TMP). He said to contiinue with the soaks and redressing twice per day and said he would see her back in another week. (I thought it was strange when he told her to continue taking both antibiotics at the same time)...

Yesterday we went back to the Dr for her follow up and her toe is still infected. He perscribed (Penecillin) and told her to continue the soaks and redressing at least once per day.

After leaving his office I took my wife to our GP who we have seen for 10 years. When she told him the story about the three visits, mulitple antibiotics and other issues I am not posting here, our GP said that the Penecillin was weaker than the other two antibiotics the Podiatrist prescribed so he wrote her a prescription for Cippro (sp).

He also said not to saok it and redress it but to stay off of it and clean it when she showers.

We are at a loss and don't know what to do. We will NOT be going back to the Podiatrist. His phone was disconnected and he seemed very weird and shady.

It has been two weeks since her original proceedure and her tow is still red and slightly infected and VERY sore.

Any input would be greatly appreciated.
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Two weeks ago my wife had a local Podiatrist remove a portion of her big toenail that was ingrown.

He did the proceedure in his office after numbing her toe. He then put her on an antibiotic (Cephalexin 500mg), said to soak it in epsom salts and redress twice per day till the next scheduled visit in two weeks.

After four days her toe was very red and sore so we called and went back to the Dr. He looked and said that her antibiotic was not working on the infection and prescribed another antibiotic (Sulfameth/TMP). He said to contiinue with the soaks and redressing twice per day and said he would see her back in another week. (I thought it was strange when he told her to continue taking both antibiotics at the same time)...

Yesterday we went back to the Dr for her follow up and her toe is still infected. He perscribed (Penecillin) and told her to continue the soaks and redressing at least once per day.

After leaving his office I took my wife to our GP who we have seen for 10 years. When she told him the story about the three visits, mulitple antibiotics and other issues I am not posting here, our GP said that the Penecillin was weaker than the other two antibiotics the Podiatrist prescribed so he wrote her a prescription for Cippro (sp).

He also said not to saok it and redress it but to stay off of it and clean it when she showers.

We are at a loss and don't know what to do. We will NOT be going back to the Podiatrist. His phone was disconnected and he seemed very weird and shady.

It has been two weeks since her original proceedure and her tow is still red and slightly infected and VERY sore.

Any input would be greatly appreciated.
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I would think that going to your regular doctor and getting a new antibiotic would take care of the infection, but you do need to find another podiatrist so that you can follow-up with the surgery. I'm so sorry that you had this done by a shady doctor.

I would like to share, however, that infection isn't uncommon after this type of surgery. I had ingrown toenail surgery by a great podiatrist and not only did my toe get infected but a piece of the nail grew back, which had nothing to do with my doctor. I forgot what antibiotic my podiatrist prescribed, but it worked. It did take a while for the redness to go away from the infection. I think all of that was just me and the way my body heals itself.

Tell her to keep soaking it in epsom salts and redressing the surgical area after each soak. I think I soaked my toe twice per day/15 minutes per soak in warm water. Also tell her to use neosporin ointment on the surgical area everytime she changes the dressing and try to find another podiatrist quickly so that she can get in to see him/her. Good luck and keep us posted on her progress.
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Two weeks ago my wife had a local Podiatrist remove a portion of her big toenail that was ingrown.
Before I can meaningfully comment, I have to know if you went to the podiatrist with an INFECTED or NON-INFECTED ingrown nail, and if the procedure you had was intended to permanently correct the ingrown nail or treat the infection if one was already present . . or both.
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Before I can meaningfully comment, I have to know if you went to the podiatrist with an INFECTED or NON-INFECTED ingrown nail, and if the procedure you had was intended to permanently correct the ingrown nail or treat the infection if one was already present . . or both.

It was already infected...

The proceedure was intended to permanently correct the ingrown nail.....

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It was already infected...

The proceedure was intended to permanently correct the ingrown nail.....

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So, what should she do? Soak it like the Ped said or do what our GP said?
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i really need some help... i had ingrown toenails removed on all 4 corners(both big toes) i had it done at about 12 yesterday and i had to go back to work im a cosmetologist so i was on my feet all day. i workerd until 8pm and i wasnt in ne pain. but last night i got no sleep the pain woke me up numerous times and i am getting ready for work now, another 10 hour day,and the pain is unbearable. i tried to call my podiatrist and their office is closed today. i would jus like to kno if this is normal and what can i do about the pain cuz i have to work all day
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First of all, do you really mean to tell me that you are being treated by a doctor who did an invasive procedure on you and did not give you a phone number where you could call him or at least the phone number of a service that could get in touch with him and have him call you back? That, if so, in my opinion, would be OUTRAGEOUS, and I think that your doctor needs to be told that by you in no uncertain terms. In MY practice, I personally contact each and every patient on whom I have done any sort of surgical procedure on the night of the surgery to find out if there are any problems. I do so, not because there are often problems, but as a courtesy to the patient who has trusted me and chosen me to treat him/her and who may have some concerns which were not fully addressed or understood prior to surgery. It says, "I care," as can few other things a doctor might do for a patient. Secondly, what in the world would make you think that you should return to a 10 hour work schedule on your feet immediately after the procedure and while the toes were still numb so that you couldn't know if there were a problem?

Now . . to answer your question . . Is it normal to have pain the evening of and the day after such surgery, ESPECIALLY when one has spent the entire day on his/her feet working? Yes . . I would thing that that might be expected, but that doesn't necessarily mean that there isn't something ELSE dramatically wrong which needs to be brought to your doctor's attention. Does it mean that you probably shouldn't compound your problem by working another 10 hours the next day? . . Indeed it does. What you probably could do about the pain is to get off of your feet, take whatever pain medication was recommended by your doctor, and get in touch with him/her at once . . and THEN, give him/her a major piece of your mind for leaving you hanging out to dry. THAT, in MY view is a prime example of sorry doctoring.
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Old 13th March 2010, 09:07 AM
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i had both toe nails[ingrown]cut on the inside.This was done under local numming shots.
there was 8 stiches in each toe with holes drilled through each nail and stiched up.
this was fine until the numming jabs wore off.then the pain started. i was then taken back to the doctor he gave me pain killers.these worked fine for a few hours,so back to the doctors he gave me sleeping tablets, plus wet my feet in salt water.when the pain started again back to another doctor.he sent me to specialist how could not do anything then back to my doctor.how sent me to a podiatrist how got a girl to clip my nails and charged me $40.00 and sent me on my way.This happened 2004 now 2010.my souls of my feet are burning and the pain stops me from walking more then 100 meters.
i am very sorry that this happened but 69 years old,little money,cant work,no one seems to care.if the foot doctor replys to this i would give my email address and give indepth details JUST HOPE i think no doctors at fault just i dont know what to do,dont want to go on with these feet of mine
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I'd be interested in comments on the possible complications of performing a permanent partial nail avulsion with phenol on an ingrown toenail WITH some infection present. I went to my podiatrist 10 days ago with an ingrown toenail that was quite inflamed across the top of the cuticle, although it wasn't clear if it was infected. When the podiatrist was performing the partial removal (I elected to do both sides of the toe since it had been a chronic problem) she commented that there did seem to be some infection after all. I ended up with quite a reaction, apparently to the phenol, and now 10 days on it's still extremely red, swollen and tender across the top of the toe. I started taking antibiotics 3 days after the procedure because the inflamation was looking more like infection. The redness and swelling is now more localized, but I'm surprised that after a week and a half the top of my toe is still too sensitive to touch or wear a shoe. I've also noticed that there is some drainage on one side of the nail, but on the side that is most swollen nothing is draining. Could it be blocked or abscessed? I'm going back for a 3rd check-in on Monday, but to date the podiatrist says I've had a "reaction" and should just ride it out. (btw, for context, where I live in Quebec medical doctors do not specialize in podiatry and podiatrists are not medical doctors, can't prescribe meds, etc.)
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