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Big toenail stopped growing, mild pain

Discussion in 'Ask your questions here' started by Unregistered, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. RoseZDEARMAN

    RoseZDEARMAN Guest


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    My symptoms are the same But I do have a Bunion- on both feet- but on my right foot the toenail is chipped brittle and has stopped growing. I thought it might be loss of blood supply, I'm a Senior lady . But once I had beautiful toes, nails and feet. As I have aged I noticed that my toenails are either soft or very brittle and several are thick as well- But my Nail Tech says it is not fungus- she said it's just the way that some peoples feet get with age. I will try the Tea Tree oil and see if this helps.
    Oh and for reference on the silicon Bunion Bootie you see advertised - Don't buy it does NOT WORK.
     

  2. Did your wife’s toe issue go away after breastfeeding? I’m having the same issue. Started after I had my baby. I too am breastfeeding.
     
  3. I had a similar problem with my toe. It was slightly sore when pressure was applied, slightly swollen around the nail, and the color of the nail was slightly dark and greenish. After about 2 months, I decided to go to the doctor, since the problem had not changed and my nail had not grown. I went to a podiatrist, who told me I had an ingrown toe nail. It was slightly ingrown on one side of the nail, and resulted just from the way pressure naturally falls on my toes. He cut off the ingrown portion of the nail and applied a chemical so that portion would not grow back. Recovery is not bad at all, you can walk right after the operation. I recommend going to a podiatrist.
     
  4. judy

    judy Guest

    My big toe has stopped growing since I went to a podiatrist to have my toe nails clipped. He cut it way down to beginning of nail. It has been over a month now. Will wait for another appointment with the podiatrist and see what he says.
     
  5. Janice A

    Janice A Guest

    After reading all the comments on this page, I feel like my toe has an international support group:)
    It really helped me to not freak out about it so much. After much research I found that it may be Paronychia. Google it for symptoms and treatment ideas. I'm trying colloidal silver as well as an anti-fungal cream.
     
  6. k143

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  7. k143

    k143 Guest

    Visiting friends in DC 2 years ago, we walked everywhere, about 5 miles per day, two weeks later, my left big toe nail fell off and a week later my right one left me. (with help of soaking, it was like a convertible lifting it's top) since then, they have ripples, when I put on nail polish all my nails eventually will lose the polish but it remains on my big toe nails.
     
  8. serephina

    serephina Guest

    Same issues, I saw for many people this happened after having a baby, wonder if that's related? Going to try some tea tree oil and Epsom soak see if that helps.
     
  9. DanH

    DanH Guest

    Went through everything described in this thread and am back to normal now after about a year.

    What did I do? Stopped wearing compression socks pulled tightly against my toes. Used to pull them up tight and slept in them all the time. Still wear them some but with plenty of looseness in the toes and have no further problems.

    This solution was given on this thread back in 2013. It works.
     
  10. AngieNK

    AngieNK Guest

    So, I’ve had this problem for over a decade now. Started when I was in high school on my right big toe, now I’m in my early 30s and it affects both big toes but never once affected any other toes. At first, it hurt when the new nail came in and I would have slight swelling and a small amount of blood/pus around the cuticle. Went to a doctor when it first started and she just kinda shrugged and said “I don’t know what it is, but it was probably some trauma and you should just keep it clean. Your nail will probably fall off.” My nails have never fallen off. At the time, I was wearing shoes that creased at the cuticle and put a lot of pressure there, but for the past decade, I’ve been careful to buy shoes that don’t put any pressure there and don’t crowd my toes at all. Nonetheless, my toe nails periodically stop growing, then start again and the new nail pushes the old one out. This process hasn’t hurt at all in over five years, it’s just this weird thing my toes do. My nails aren’t yellow at all anymore, but they did get yellow back when the cuticle would bleed. I’m thinking the yellowness doesn’t indicate a fungal thing, but is staining from the blood and pus.
    I don’t think it’s fungal because it never spread to other toes. I don’t think it’s bacterial for the same reason, plus the fact that I’ve been on antibiotics a couple times since this started and noticed no difference. My theory is eczema (or some other similar thing) plus trauma. The trauma gives the eczema an opportunity to make regrowth weird, and now it’s just settled into a start/stop pattern of growth. I notice none of the commenters who went to a podiatrist reported that the problem was solved permanently, so I bet we should all just accept that this will be a recurring issue. Fortunately, it does stop hurting.
    I’ve never painted my toenails, eat a normal American diet, have mild eczema, am not a runner, never went to a gym (except in the first year of high school, a couple years before this started), never went to a nail salon, only wear socks when it’s cold, don’t wear open toe shoes, and frequently go barefoot around the house.
     
  11. hjblack97

    hjblack97 Guest

    Hi everyone,

    This happened to me 5 years ago, and I beg all of you to go to the doctor right away. I had slight pain at the cuticle but the nail looked normal. Soon I noticed it had stopped growing. I was concerned but my mom did not want to take me to the doctor and acted like it was no big deal. I could not find an answer at the time but now I know that this occurs from a type of toenail fungus. It is a rarer type because usually the nail does not stop growing, but it is the worst type. I have had fungus for FIVE YEARS now and I cannot get rid of it. It spread to 3 other toenails and I have had three separate toenail removals because of infection. The nail becomes weak and prone to infection when it does not grow. Each time the fungus just comes back. If you catch it early there is hope, but once it becomes severe there isn’t much you can do. Sorry to be so negative but I desperately wish I had taken care of this years ago.
     
  12. hjblack97

    hjblack97 Guest

    Hi everyone,

    This happened to me 5 years ago, and I beg all of you to go to the doctor right away. I had slight pain at the cuticle but the nail looked normal. Soon I noticed it had stopped growing. I was concerned but my mom did not want to take me to the doctor and acted like it was no big deal. I could not find an answer at the time but now I know that this occurs from a type of toenail fungus. It is a rarer type because usually the nail does not stop growing, but it is the worst type. I have had fungus for FIVE YEARS now and I cannot get rid of it. It spread to 3 other toenails and I have had three separate toenail removals because of infection. The nail becomes weak and prone to infection when it does not grow. Each time the fungus just comes back. If you catch it early there is hope, but once it becomes severe there isn’t much you can do. Sorry to be so negative but I desperately wish I had taken care of this years ago.
     
  13. L33t1e

    L33t1e Guest

    I have scoured this thread more than once looking for an answer to the question of why my left big toe nail stopped growing. Doctor could not figure it out either. No fungus. Had some mild pain and inflammation at the base of my nail.

    Having been isolating myself during the pandemic and generally not wearing any shoes for 3 months, my toenail has finally started growing again. I would never have suspected it, but I believe that the culprit was the most comfortable shoe I own, which has a strap that goes across the top of my toes (open toe). Even though this shoe did not feel tight, I believe it may have exaggerated an injury or otherwise interfered with the nail growth plate. I now have an elevated ridge across my toenail that looks like it will grow out; looks like where nail material was still deposited but not pushed out normally due to bad shoe pressure.

    I only ever wear tennis shoes or these comfortable sandals that I mentioned above for the last couple years due to increasing issues with my feet, including corns, a bunionette, neuroma, plantar fasciitis, and now the dormant toenail. Did not want to admit that it might be my shoes, but here it is. Corn gone. Neuroma gone. PF in control. Toenail growing. Still scared to put polish on that nail tho.

    I will be purchasing more toe-freeing shoes from now on. FREE YOUR TOES!
     
  14. Daphne

    Daphne Guest

    This is so odd that so many of us are experiencing the same condition and yet there are no answers for it! I noticed my left big toenail had stopped growing compared to all my other toenails. The pain came about 3 days after I had noticed this. A mild but persistent pain at the base of the nail. Then I noticed a slight puffiness around the nail but no pus or discharge. After investigating and reading this blog I tried tea tree oil. I put on a drop or two once in the morning and once at night. I have noticed a few millimetres of growth after 3 days and the pain/puffiness have all but disappeared. I am hoping the nail has begun to grow whether or not it is an old dead nail that will grow out and fall off I have yet to find out! Anyway, tea tree oil is a wondrous thing! Try it, it might work for you.
     
  15. I have it on both big toes! They are both:
    • Slightly red skin around the nails
    • Top of both big toes is yellow/green
    • Nails both stopped growing a few months ago now
    • Sore to touch/tender under pressure
    • Cuticle beds have receded in both big toes
    • Nails aren't hardened or have fungus, just discoloured...but feel like normal nails
    • Nails are still attached to nail bed.
    Treated with both oral and topical treatments but they're still the same after 2 doses of oral antibiotics and a dose of antifungal cream...wtf!?
     
  16. I'm another one with a wonky left big toenail. My podiatrist cut off about 1/4 of my nail closest to the next toe. It's not any longer than it was a month ago; I think the toe in sucking it back in. I don't let my toenails get that long (I knit my own socks) but it's shorter than I usually let it get. I'm waiting before I make another appt with my doc, he said if nothing changes he'll remove the rest of the nail.

    Won't that be special?
     
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