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    ingrown toenail?

    I guess as we old farts get older, our toenails get funky. I've developed horrible pain on the end and side of my one big toe. It's excruciatingly painful. DH tried to cut into the corner of the nail, and I just couldn't stand it.
    I've been soaking the foot in epsom salt and really hot water several times a day for awhile and putting on a bandaid with antibiotic ointment, but there's no change whatsoever.
    I don't think it's gout, but my uric acid has always been a little high.
    I guess the only answer is a podiatrist who will cut that side of the nail out (with anesthetic, first!)
    Anyone have some home remedies that might help this without "surgery"?

    Yep, I've got old fart feet now.

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    Ouch...I know the pain. I get ingrown toenails. My mom got so fed up with ingrowns that the last time she ended up having her large toenails removed! That's too drastic for me I love summer sandals. I do the epsom salt soaks and then do apple cider soaks. I have to let mine grow a bit then I get brave do a little cutting and pull out the ingrown part. What relief when it's over. I did go to the podiatrist once and really paid attention to what he was doing.
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    Thanks Float On. I think when the podiatrist did my DD's, he removed about 1/8th" on one side, so it wouldn't grow back. Did yours do something like that?
    I can walk on mine with no pain, I just can't touch it without excrutiating pain. I can't imagine anyone messing with it with numbing it first. Really painful.
    What do the soaks do for you? I guess I thought I had an abcess and it would come to the surface, but I don't think there's one in there. Just pain. Did the top of your toe
    hurt bad too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CathyA View Post
    Thanks Float On. I think when the podiatrist did my DD's, he removed about 1/8th" on one side, so it wouldn't grow back. Did yours do something like that?
    I can walk on mine with no pain, I just can't touch it without excrutiating pain. I can't imagine anyone messing with it with numbing it first. Really painful.
    What do the soaks do for you? I guess I thought I had an abcess and it would come to the surface, but I don't think there's one in there. Just pain. Did the top of your toe
    hurt bad too?
    When I went to the podiatrist he cut down the side but left it where it would grow back naturally (said something about I had too pretty of feet to want to mess up the natural lines of my nail beds - which might be why I never went back to him). He said if I came back we'd make it more permanent. To me the epson salt was pain relief and I'm not sure about the apple cider but I watched a lot of youtube videos and it was suggested. Tennis shoes were very painful because of hitting the top of toe and the side. I took a lot of ibuprophen (RX strength) plus some numbing gel I acquired before doing the cutting and pulling but to be honest the relief was so fast it was worth it (I naturally have a pretty high pain tolerance - we're talking no drugs during labor and I've even had a filling done without numbing shots).
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    Who knew I would share these details with complete strangers, but here it goes. I buy a animal ointment called Corona from Rural King. It seams like it draws things out. (never put it on poison ive rash) I pack the corner of my big toes with it for a couple of days and then go after it my self with a pair of toe nail clipers. Not pleasent, but I haven't been to the foot doctor yet. Many times I will put it on a splinter and cover with a bandade. The next day the splinter will be in the bandade. And I use it on my anamils too. Hope one way or another you feel better.
    https://www.amazon.com/Corona-Ointme.../dp/B000HHO7VE

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    In the middle of the toenail, cut a deep wide V. It lifts the pressure on the toenail corners. If you have been trimming your toenails and missed that outside edge, you now have "spikes". Start soaking in epsom salts twice/day and wait a few days for that pressure to let up before you go to the next step.

    If you have a plier grip type nail cutter (I call them old fashioned as these days they are hard to find), you can cut straight over to the edge and then using a tweezer pull the entire thing out downward bringing that spike out of the tissue. You need to be certain you got all the way to the nail edge though. Then soak in epsom salts twice/day for a week to be sure it stays clean.

    I had mine done surgically at age 13. The spikes were so long they would have soon come out the end of my toes. For decades I cut that V into my nails to prevent it from happening again. I don't trim the nails unless I can fully visualize that outside edge. I've never had the return of this problem.

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