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Old 8th February 2012, 10:21 PM
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About a month ago I noticed a slight pain around my left big toenail when it was under pressure. I removed the nail polish I had on, and the nail looked normal but I thought there might have been slight swelling in the skin around the nail. As far as I can remember, there hasn't been any trauma that could have caused this and I don't wear tight shoes. I've been keeping an eye on it and haven't seen any visible changes and the pain is not worse, but I just noticed that all of my other nails have grown while this one hasn't. There is still some very slight swelling around the sides and base of the nail, but the skin and nail are their normal color and there's no heat, pus, or other signs of infection. The pain is not any worse and I only notice if I put pressure on the nail or the skin around it. I haven't done anything for it besides removing the nail polish.

I feel kind of silly going to a doctor for something this little, since the pain is barely noticeable and it isn't causing problems in other areas of my life, but the fact that the nail has stopped growing for apparently no reason seems weird. Has anyone experienced something like this before? At what point should I take it to a doctor?

Almost forgot: I'm a 22 year old woman in Georgia, USA.
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Old 12th February 2012, 07:31 AM
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I have just noticed the same thing happening to my big toe. The pain is mild and I chalked it up to perhaps wearing boots that were on the tighter side, but I mean...they weren't THAT tight ya know? After a few weeks of only wearing loose shoes and sandals, it didn't get any better. I have recently also become concerned because the nail on my big toe has stopped growing and I have trimmed the rest of them at least 3 times.

I too, have just slight pain that only hurts when pressure is applied and minimal swelling near the cutical and on the outside edge of the toe. I did not injure the toe or wear any shoes that I haven't worn a million times before with no problems. The nail looks totally normal and there are no signs of infection.

I would also like to avoid going to the doctor if at all possible.

I'm going to try a few good soaks in Epsom salts. Old fashioned I know, but it's good for joint pain so we'll see! I'll let you know how it goes.

I'm a 30 year old woman in California.
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I can't believe I googled this and found these remarks, because I am having the same problem. I am hoping to go to see a doctor though because I am fearful it is the onset of a toe infection / fungus (even though no visible signs). I had a similar pain a few years ago and that is what it ended up being. I have been sleeping with socks due to the winter so I hope that didn't cause it. I also got a pedicure from a new place before New Years Eve and it started after that (maybe started after a few weeks after the pedi). I just soaked my feet in a solution of white vinegar / warm water (1:1). I am going to try that for a few days because that helps against infection.

Please let me know if you go to a doctor and learn more. Thanks.
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i have the same problem , on December 31 i did a pedicure at home and everything was fine. A couple of weeks after I was about to do another pedicure when I noticed that my big toenail of my left foot didn't growth at all and had a yellowish color on the top only! I cut the rest of the nails and leave them with out nail polish to keep checking on the nail color... some weeks after the nail hasn't growth ... and the pain was a bit worse ... the cuticle and sides were inflamed and the toe looked funny, i went to the doctor yesterday and he prescribed Lamisil for a fungus infection ... Hopefully this will help to my problem and to yours. However, inflamation is not a bad sign without inflammation, wounds and infections would never heal.
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In response to the OP, the same EXACT thing is happening to me! Only on my right big toe. I'm wondering if it has anything to do with the polish? I have never had problems with putting polish on my toenail before... I'm confused. I know it's not a fungal infection because I know what they look like. This is just weird.
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Old 13th March 2012, 04:15 AM
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Wow! I too, have been looking through Google and have the exact same symptoms. The one that stands out especially is the swollen (slightly) area near the cuticle. I have noticed my nail is not growing, but I was worried about an ingrown toenail, or one that is somehow "stuck" and therefore the pain under the cuticle area. Has anyone had any resolve to this matter? Did you have to see a podiatrist? Please tell me it does go away?
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Hi there, same problem here. =( I read the comments but no solution came up. Or i should just buy an antifungus cream? Sorry, english is not my native. I'm pretty concerned since it won't grow for months and basically i have the exact same symptoms as everbody else. :S
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Wow, I have the same problem but it is my 2 big toes. They have both stopped growing for over 3 months now. The pain is not bad if I wear sandals but if I wear inclosed shoes the pressure really hurts. Both of my Toes have a line going across, it looks like a cut mark. Just on top it is not all the way through. I also would like to know what is going on.
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I have the same exact problem.. my left big toenail has not grown..my toes always have polish and you can see how much the other toenails have grown by the nail polish growing out and my left big toenail is the same as when I had my pedicure..so odd. I do have some very mild pain near the cuticle.
If anyone has money for a copay..can you please have this checked out, lol...
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**update**
I've started to put a bit of tea tree oil on my cuticle before I go to bed and this has taken care of ALL my minor pain and swelling. Keep in mind that my symptoms were very mild to begin with though. It took about 5 days to work. The toenail still hasn't grown, but I'm optimistic. At least for now I can go back to wearing any shoes I want with no discomfort!



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I have just noticed the same thing happening to my big toe. The pain is mild and I chalked it up to perhaps wearing boots that were on the tighter side, but I mean...they weren't THAT tight ya know? After a few weeks of only wearing loose shoes and sandals, it didn't get any better. I have recently also become concerned because the nail on my big toe has stopped growing and I have trimmed the rest of them at least 3 times.

I too, have just slight pain that only hurts when pressure is applied and minimal swelling near the cutical and on the outside edge of the toe. I did not injure the toe or wear any shoes that I haven't worn a million times before with no problems. The nail looks totally normal and there are no signs of infection.

I would also like to avoid going to the doctor if at all possible.

I'm going to try a few good soaks in Epsom salts. Old fashioned I know, but it's good for joint pain so we'll see! I'll let you know how it goes.

I'm a 30 year old woman in California.
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Old 22nd April 2012, 12:54 PM
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Same problem with my big toe. Did the tea tree oil work?
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Old 25th April 2012, 11:50 PM
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I'm sorry you're all having this problem too but I'm happy to see it's not just me!

I have the slight swelling and discomfort around the cuticle. I also have a cut right where the nail stopped growing. I've done Epsom salt soaks twice over the last week and haven't noticed any change in the swelling, the redness, or the sensitivity. Think I'm heading to the doctor...
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Similar problem. Wore boots to the mall in January for about 4 hrs. I came home & both of my big toes hurt. Not bad, but enough. Weeks went by & my toes stayed sore. I then noticed my nails turning yellow after I removed the polish & my nail beds were red & swollen.

Not wanting my toes to fall off, I went to the dr. She said at worst, my toenails will fall off. She is probably right. One of my nails have stopped growing & they both are lifting up & getting loose! I just hope a new nail grows back before the old ones fall off! I put alcohol on my toes after I shower so it gets under the nail to dry it out. I have out some triple antibiotic cream on them as well if I notice the skin around my nail getting red.

Hopefully I won't get a fungus, or an infection under my nails before they grow out.

Damn shoes!
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Old 3rd May 2012, 11:55 PM
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I had this problem as well and mine was an ingrown toenail. Sometimes the pain isn't really bad like you would think is what my podiatrist said. You should go to the podiatrist.
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Old 11th May 2012, 07:21 PM
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Same problem here. Left big toenail stopped growing and mild pain at the cuticle area. The only additional symptom for me is that my toenail has taken on an ever so slightly greenish tinge... while all the other remain clear and healthy looking. I didn't want to go to the doctor over something so small. I've tried fungal treatment just to rule that out as well as soaking in vinegar and listerine based on some advice I read online. Nothing has worked yet.

Please let me know if any of you figure out what's going on and how to treat it!
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So we all have this problem, but no one knows why? Mine started about 4-5 years ago and had the mild pain, however now they don't hurt but stop growing and seem to alternate. When they do start growing again there is a distinct line of old and new nail meeting, as the old nail gets toward the end I can actually peel it off and the edge of the new nail remains, like it's clearly a totally new nail. It's not gross or painful at all, my primary care doctor just shrugged her shoulders, we know its not bacterial, and it does not look fungal, I have no trauma and wear comfortable shoes with a spacious toe box... It seems many people deal with this but there are no answers about what it is.
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Fungal infections guys. Google it. In the meantime, vix.
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Wow, I have the same problem but it is my 2 big toes. They have both stopped growing for over 3 months now. The pain is not bad if I wear sandals but if I wear inclosed shoes the pressure really hurts. Both of my Toes have a line going across, it looks like a cut mark. Just on top it is not all the way through. I also would like to know what is going on.
Thanks
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i have the exact saroblem,and alot of pain, I do soak in epsom salts every day and I am trying to keep it from getting infected.... really do I need to go to a Docter...Help !!
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Old 13th November 2012, 12:36 AM
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The tea tree oil totally worked for me. I put it on every night for about 2 months. Pain stopped within a few days and a new nail started to grow out about a month later. It's been about 6 months and the old nail is almost completely grown out. New nail looks fine. Cuticle looks great.
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I am so glad to hear I'm not the only one! Same symptoms: little or no growth, line across the nail between healthy nail and "bad", thickened nail, sensitivity at the cuticle, slight yellowish color on the "bad" half of the nail. The only difference is that my cuticle sensitivity seems to come and go. I can go about 3-4 months with a normal nail bed and cuticle (even if the previous damaged nail hasn't grown out yet) but then all of a sudden it's like my nail is being pushed back into my nail bed. My cuticle gets very tender and my nail appears shorter in my nail bed even though I haven't cut it. The tenderness seems to last about 1-2 months before it suddenly disappears. It never grows as fast as the rest of them even when it's healthy.

So what I'm gathering is that I can try tea tree oil (which I happen to have in my house already) and seriously consider scheduling an appointment with a doctor.
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My toenail stopped growing after a home pedicure in June 2012. I had no pain with it, it just stopped growing after I cut it too short I guess. I might have bruised it days prior but I had been trying to remember and couldn't. Anyway, I made an appointment with my primary and she couldn't find anything wrong with my toenail. No discoloration or fungus. My toenail is yellow but that's from all the dye in nail polish and I've had my nails painted 24/7 for 10 years so I doubt nail polish had anything to do with this..guess we will find out soon though because I just painted my toenails with the same polish I used in June! As I was taking off my old polish earlier, I noticed a cut mark on my nail. I thought I might have scraped my nail with that pesky toe gunk digger thing but nope, it is from side to side, old and new. I'm terrified that with my toddler walking on the tops of my feet all the time that its going to fall off! I'm 25 years old, I can't have a missing toenail in "winter" in Texas!

Just keep an eye on it, if it doesn't start growing within a few months, see a doctor or get a recommendation to see a foot doctor!
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I am having the same problem! I had surgery on my right pinky toe in September and everything was fine until about 6 weeks later. My right, big toe nail has stopped growing, there is no cuticle and it's puffy and sore. There are very few shoes I can wear that are comfortable. I went to the doctor and he said he didn't know what it was, but it isn't infection. He suggested I go back to the podiatrist who did my surgery.
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I had the same issue. The Dr said it could have been from running as the toe hits the sneaker or an infection. Mine had gotten loose too. I ended up having a partial removal of the whole nail and he prescribed a polish that kills fungus. It is now growing back very slowly. Yellowish means a fungus and it can spread to the other toes too. I suggest the Dr to get the polish and make sure you don't need it removed.
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Same problem here. Am going to the podiatrist tomorrow and will report back.
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The same thing has happened to me twice. The first time I was pregnant, and thought it was some freaky thing that happened because of the pregnancy. The second time...on the same toe, I decided to go to the doctor. He looked at it and took a scraping. It was not a fungus or ingrown toenail. Both times the toenail just decided one day to start growing. I would say it lasted about two months. There was only mild discomfort and swelling around the base. My suggestion is to wait it out and try not to wear any tight shoes...they sure can hurt.
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I am so glad to hear I'm not the only one! Same symptoms: little or no growth, line across the nail between healthy nail and "bad", thickened nail, sensitivity at the cuticle, slight yellowish color on the "bad" half of the nail. The only difference is that my cuticle sensitivity seems to come and go. I can go about 3-4 months with a normal nail bed and cuticle (even if the previous damaged nail hasn't grown out yet) but then all of a sudden it's like my nail is being pushed back into my nail bed. My cuticle gets very tender and my nail appears shorter in my nail bed even though I haven't cut it. The tenderness seems to last about 1-2 months before it suddenly disappears. It never grows as fast as the rest of them even when it's healthy.

So what I'm gathering is that I can try tea tree oil (which I happen to have in my house already) and seriously consider scheduling an appointment with a doctor.
I have the exact same problem, it feels like my toe nails are being shoved back into my two big toes. I even had a "tickling" feeling in my right big toe one night that drove me nuts. I wear sensible shoes daily, rarely do I wear heals or anything that binds. I too will try tea tree, my mother is an herbalist.
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Same problem here. Am going to the podiatrist tomorrow and will report back.
Well, unfortunately the podiatrist said he didn't know what was causing it! So I bought some tea tree oil in an oil-based mixture but so far nothing has changed. It's a mystery...
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Well, I have the exact same problem as the OP--no amount of googling has come up with any answers, just this forum in which we are all apparently experiencing the same mysterious symptom.

About two months ago I noticed slight pain when pressure was applied at the base of my big toenail, right foot. It seemed to be worse at night, or perhaps it was just that I rub my feet together in bed and that's when I noticed it.

Examination revealed that the skin where the nail base goes into the toe was SLIGHTLY inflamed--like there was a bit of puffyness right on the edge, and a slight "space" between the nail and the skin." The other foot looks normal, the skin lays flat at the base of the nail.

Then, I noticed when I went to cut my toenails that the nail had not grown at ALL--very odd to say the least, nothing else looks different.

I do wear socks almost all the time, but I make sure they are always dry and clean--and I use an athlete's foot powder spray with myconozol(sp) when I get out of the shower before putting socks on--have done this since before I even noticed any problems with the big toenail because I had athlete's foot a long time ago and just stuck with the habit of giving my feet a spray for prevention.

I've had an ingrown nail on this same foot before--but it was just on the outside edge, about 5 years ago, and part of the nail was excised, haven't had any problems since then. May have been some slight irritation in this area in the month before I noticed the puffyness/pain, is it possible there was a slight ingrowth at that point that opened a path to infection deeper into the toe? It certainly doesn't seem like an ingrown nail at the moment, and it doesn't show the common signs of a fungal infection.

So confused, hopefully somebody will get a diagnosis and share it soon. I doubt the clinicians at my student health service will be of any use there.

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No trauma to the toe
Wears Shoes with roomy toeboxes--nothing tight
No exposure to gyms/nail salons/outside vectors
No underlying conditions that I Know of besides my IBS (digestive)
Omeprazole (prilosec) 2x a day is the only medication.
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Old 25th February 2013, 09:03 PM
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I too have been suffering from the same symptoms. I went to the podiatrist a few days ago and she said I did damage to the root of my big toe nail by wearing shoes that pressed down too much. She said that I need to soak the foot each day in Epsom Salts for 15 minutes, and also use antibacterial ointment. She said this toe nail will eventually fall off, and the pain is caused by the new nail growing in from the base. Hopefully it will not get infected during this time. She said it will take almost 9 months for the new nail to come in! In the meantime I am wearing very comfortable shoes so I don't make it any worse. I hope this information helps!
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Old 26th February 2013, 08:22 PM
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I too have been suffering. Left big toe, about 2 - 3 months. I do not wear tight shoes, but i do wear socks almost all the time.

In have found that if i apply a generous amount of tea tree cream and cover with a breathable plaster so that the cream does not rub off, the pain seems to lessen. I intend to keep this up having read the other posts, and will see how i get on. But so far no nail regrowth!

I decided to post on here tho as i too have been taking omeprazole, as per post on 15th feb 2013, this was due to other meds taken. I have since stopped these meds, but only about 3 weeks ago.

Will update if symptoms improve.

Here's hoping!
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