I got a sore big Toe, what do to make it better?

by Singing Man 15 Replies latest jw friends

  • Singing Man
    Singing Man

    I know this may sound kind of dum to talk about but its been a pain for a long time now. My big toe on my left leg has been hurting I think it to be caused by a ingrown nail but I don't see anything and I cut the nail stright accross. The side of mmy nail is inflamed and if I really get mad at it and squeeze hard on my toe pus will come out I soak it in salt water at night and put Neosporen on it and wear shoes that have room for my toe, though its just been the last few weeks that I have wised up and got a pair that fits. In any event I hate it, I am afraid to go to the doctor they seem like they would just reach down there and rip my nail off. Sign: Wuss

  • SanFranciscoJim

    Try soaking the toe in Bactine. Worked for me.

  • sens

    speaking of toes has anyone seen littletoe????

  • Been there
    Been there

    Singing man,

    I used to get ingrown toe nails, very painful. I know it goes against what they say about cutting straight across but since I started cutting the corners off, I have no problems any more. The pain won't go away until you can get the small pointed toe nail on the corner cut off and not growing into the meat of your toe.

    If you went to the doctor they would probably soak the toe abit in warm water, put an anticeptic on it, then put a small piece of waded up cotton ball under the nail at the infected spot. The cotton is big enough to raise the corner of the nail abit to let it grow out without pushing into the meat so much. They would have you soak, put anticeptic and change cotton every day, takes a week or two to grow out. Peroxide is good for disinfecting it. I personally am not that patient. I would be sterilizing everything, soaking then going after that pointy nail with a pair of small pointy sissors till I cried. Keep an eye on the infection to make sure you don't get red streaks up your foot (blood poisoning). If you are diabetic or could be...........see a doctor, your toe may not heal on its own.

    Good Luck.

  • shamus


    You could get your girlfriend to suck it, but the puss is a bit nauseating..

    Ingrown toenails suck. I have never had one, but my step-mother gets them all the time... it hurts like hell...

  • Mutz

    If I were you I'd go and see your doctor. If left too long an ingrown toenail can go gangrenous!

  • mouthy

    Granny advice ? Cut a V in the middle of the nail ( so it gives room to grow together Then have a very hot bread poltice on it. Soak the bread in hot milk & put it on with a sock.... do this until the pus is gone. But if a red streak does start RUN to the Dr....This is an old wives tale. but my DAd did it to me as a young un & it worked. He also used to put boiled onions in my ear for earache. That worked also. Then there was tea bags for stys ( on the eye) for chilblains we used to have to pee in a gerry( chamber pot) then soak the feet in it then my Gran would beat the feet with holly.

    Come to think of it I wonder if that has anything to .do with the fact I am crippled today???

  • Valis

    It sounds more like you have some kind of fungal infection and not just an ingrown nail. If it is recurring then go to a doc in the box, unless you have insurance, and they'll be able to tell you right off. Not even a need to see a podiatrist. If it is a fungal infection under your nail usually a good dose of antibiotics will fix you right up. Best of luck as I have had a long history of messing up my feet...no fun at all.


    District Overbeer

  • Valis

    oh and epsom salts in really hot water..


    District Overbeer

  • Singing Man
    Singing Man

    Thanks for the information, my toe get better than it comes right back it drives me nuts.

  • ignorance is strength
    ignorance is strength

    The toe will keep getting infected until it is kept from growing that way. The only way to do that is to go see a podiatrist. Since you're in BC, I sugguest going to your family doctor who will refer you to a podiatrist. (There's a good podistrist in Richmond across from RGH in that glass/mini-tower medical building.) It costs about $60 to get the proceedure done since it is not covered by MSP.

  • Frannie Banannie
    Frannie Banannie

    What Mouthy said about cutting the "V" in the center of the front edge of your toenail...it causes the nail to grow toward that center "V" in order to fill in the gap and away from the ingrown side....also remove as much of the ingrown nail as you can reach....soak your foot in very hot water with epsom salts to draw out the infection....then pour hydrogen peroxide on it and take a smidgen of cotton ball and roll it lengthwise and place it under the corner of the nail that's ingrown to lift it away from the sore area....never wear shoes that press against the sides of your big toes....

    Plus...if you have deeply imbedded toenails with the fleshy sides that puff up around it, it's better to get a podiatrist to cut out the nail from the nailbed, cause you'll have this problem like...FOREVER if you don't.

    Frannie B

  • ScoobySnax

    This is creepy!....... I just got back from my brothers, not 30 minutes ago, and his g/f has just showed me her toe, and has exactly the same thing. The big toe is red along with nail bed, and she says pus comes from it at times. Like I said to her, I say to you. GET YOURSELF TO THE DOCTOR!!, forget all the home remedies, rubbing eye of newt and toe of bat on it, sounds like you need a dose of antibiotics to clear the underlying infection. If this does not work they may have to remove the nail at a day surgery centre as they do at my hospital. Eitherway, don't leave it ....get it seen to!

    .....Maybe Bigtoe has put a curse on us........

  • sens
    .....Maybe Bigtoe has put a curse on us........

    lmao...curse of the killer fungi

  • concerned mama
    concerned mama

    My podiatrist cuts the corner out of my ingrown nail and it really helps. Then I use soaks in hot water and epsom salts and antibiotic cream and it heals. Keeping the corner cut out really helps because as long as the pressure and irritation is there you will keep getting infections.

  • integ

    You have to bite the bullet and dig into the side and pull the nail out.

    Good Luck,


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