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#1 scampie5

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Posted 28 October 2010 - 09:14 AM

Hi,

Can anyone tell me whether I need to find a chropodist that knows about Scleroderma?

I have been told that I do I have ingrown toe nails, and my toe nails are very hard as is the skin around the toes. They are very uncomfortable and I have tried cutting them myself. My last chropodist that came to my house over 10 years ago always said that my main problem was the hard skin around the toes. That makes me wonder if I had the start of sclerodema then.

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Posted 28 October 2010 - 10:07 AM

Lyndylou, I also had ingrown toe nails and had them taken care of about 5 years before diagnosis. I was told that a few of my toes appeared to be shrinking. Which indeed they did shrink. Three toes I had fixed and one refused to get well on its own. I had several medications to remove infection and to heal the poor toe. Best thing I ever did to take care of those painful toes. I put up with the pain for over a year when I decided enough is enough and started making appointments. I just went to a regular foot doctor no special degree that I know of. I might have to find a new doctor to have diabetes testing done on my feet, which is now required for my feet by my insurance company. Checking for any types of neuropathy type problems. Get your feet fixed. They do a great service to you. They take you many, many places. You can't really live a good life without them. I will have to look up chropodist. Never heard of that term. Maybe that is one person I could stay away from. Ha!
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Posted 28 October 2010 - 10:11 AM

A chiropodist is more commonly known as a foot doctor. Chiropodist is the British English version of podiatrist, which is the American English version of “foot doctor.” Depending on which country you are in, you will want to ask for the appropriate person if you are having foot difficulties. The word chiropodist literally means “medicine of the hand and foot,” although today’s chiropodist does not treat difficulties of the hand.
Found my answer quite quickly. We learn something new every day. At least I try to. Now if I could just retain that information.
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Posted 29 October 2010 - 12:45 PM

Hi Lyndy

I had in-grown toe nails for many years prior to diagnosis with CREST. As a nurse the years spent on my feet had caused them and they got to the stage where, like you, they became very, very painful. Shoes pressing on the edges compounded the discomfort and it go to the point where I couldn't wear pretty shoes only soft, frumpy ones.

My general practitioner referred me to our local clinic to see a chiropodist and she said yes indeed they had to come off! I had both big toe nails removed and on the worst one the nail itself had curled half an inch round my toe! She was amazed that the nail looked normal and I must have had a high pain threshold. It was a 3-4 week healing period with weekly checks at the clinic. All was well and I had them dressed and then had to dress them myself daily. They were a bit tender at the time but worth having them removed as I have no problems whatsoever now.

They do it under local anaesthetic and I would definitely advocate seeing your doctor for a referral to a clinic to have them sorted out. Because of our issues you will be well monitored for infections probably. Get them sorted out you don't need to suffer this discomfort OK?

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