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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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Suggest treatment for severe toe pain

Hello my name is Penny. I got home from work I took my shoes and sock off, changed clothes. I sat down and my toe was hurting, I tried to figure if I hit the toe on something or dropped something on top if the toe but it hadn t happened. I tried to ignore it but in a few minutes I took a good look at the toe, it felt warm, looked to see if I could find if it looked like I had some type of bite but didn t find anything, that s when I noticed a red ring around the big toe.I googled ring around the nail and the first thing I did was soak in warm epson salt and it said to do it 3 to 4 times a day. Will this heal the toe in a few days and it s all healed,
Thu, 31 Dec 2015
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Podiatrist 's  Response
this should be looked at by a foot and ankle specialist. you didn't mention your age or vascular status. in the worst case scenario this can be a gangrenous situation setting it. assuming you are young and healthy that should not be the case. if your nails are too long they can bang into the front of your shoe causing a separation of the nail from the nail bed or bleeding under the nail which causes pressure and pain. if there is blood under the nail the blood would need to be released to relieve the pain. another cause of a ring on the toe is ringworm which is a fungal infection- though, that is usually not severely painful as you describe
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General & Family Physician Dr. ARUNESH UPADHYAY's  Response
dear Ms Penny

the redness and pain is on the base of your great toe or the top near the nail bed.

how much does it hurt, very severe or just an ache, does it hurt when moved, does it hurt when you touch it.
there are many reason for toe to hurt including Gout, by your description it is not very clear as to what is it that is causing the pain
please be a bit more detail so that we can assist
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