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#1 Helen

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Posted 25 March 2008 - 12:30 PM

Hi All
Since getting sclero all my nails have gotten quite hard. On my fingers and big toes they have started curling in from the sides. My big toenails though are very sore....just to touch them they hurt. I can't wear covered shoes and it is coming up to winter here...I will be living in socks. When I have to cut them it is very painful. There is no sign of infection. Does anyone else have this problem?
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Posted 25 March 2008 - 01:40 PM

Hi Helen,

YES, all my nails are hard as rocks. I can barely clip them. To make matters worse I have a fungus toenail on one of my big toes. I never connected the hard nails to sclero. I find it interesting. Any others???

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Posted 25 March 2008 - 02:07 PM

Helen, My finger nails are kind of brittle on some fingers. All my fingers are very curled under so some nails my parents aren't able to cut because their curled under too much. My toes are curled under like my fingers but not as bad and I go to a foot dr. to get them cut. They are very thick. My thumbs are straight and also my big toes.
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Posted 25 March 2008 - 03:31 PM

I've had an issue with my toenails. They are very hard, and as they grow they curl under. Also my big toes hurt. I've never put the two together, I thought it was just a me issue and have never brought it up with my doctor... maybe I will this next treatment day.

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Posted 25 March 2008 - 09:48 PM

One of my big toes has a very thick nail that curls round as it grows. I thought I had that fungal infection on it, but the dermo said the test was negative. Maybe it just looks like fungal nail because it's growing away from the skin and all this time we've been treating it for nothing Sherion?!
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Posted 26 March 2008 - 05:03 AM

Wow, I never connected my hard as rocks nails with sclero....get thee to a podiatrist, (I know, ANOTHER doctor!!:( )

S/he will clip them safely for you and they have special tools and pain killers if you need it. Good luck,
Peace,
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Posted 26 March 2008 - 01:28 PM

PrincessB,
You may be right. Looks like something else to discuss with my rheumatologist. I don't have a dermi or a foot doctor, YET. I see too many doctors already!!! Don't we all???!!!!!

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 04:18 PM

The tips of my toes hurt a lot!!!!!! It feels like they must be full of infection, but they look ok when I look at them.
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Posted 27 March 2008 - 07:23 AM

Again, a similar situation for me. Both my fingers and toes have hard nails. Sometimes one big toe seems to have an ingrown or infected nail, but I can't see anything wrong with it. It just hurts. I keep my finger nails short because of playing stringed instrument, but my nails are very tough. If I let them grow long they often would break down deep because they are so hard.


Besides tough nails, I have real trouble with my tendons in my feet. If I don't wear a really supportive shoe, I have intense pain in my feet from my Plantar tendon. It feels like heel spurs. It can take just a few hours in a bad shoe to make my feet hurt for weeks. I've found I a brand of shoes I really love, they have great arch support and toe protection! I order a 1/2 size larger since they run small. They are great. The only shoe I'm willing to spend nearly $100 because they actually make my feel feel better. PM me if you would like to know the brand name.

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 09:04 AM

OUCH! I feel for all of you. I don't have this problem but I have had ingrown toe nails surgery. I hope you all get some relief soon.

My Dad just had his big toe nails removed by the pod dr. He is SOOO excited about not having to deal with pain anymore. He's been told that the toe nails won't grow back. I know it's extreme, but hey no pain sounds good to me.

Good luck!
Take care and stay warm,

Michelle

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 09:16 AM

Mando, Do you have Plantar Faciitis? That is what it sounds like you are discribing. Good shoes always help. Sheryl
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Posted 27 March 2008 - 10:32 PM

Michelle, I also had ingrown toenail surgery on 4 of my toes. The Big toes and the toes right next to them. No more pain in my toes. I can wear any shoes. I still have my toenails they are just smaller. One looks super tiny. That doesn't bother me. I like being pain free. I didn't really have ingrown toenails either. The doctor said that the surgery would get rid of the pain so, I did it. I also have super thick toenails and fingernails. One thing the doctor did say was to use a nail tool and every time I get out of the shower to swipe under my toenails and it will keep stuff from calcifying under the nail and they won't be so thick, after a few months. They aren't so thick but they are still super hard. We clean under our finger nails several times daily, or they are in water enough to keep anything from hardening under the surface. Aparently that is what happens to our toenails because we don't clean under them and dry them thoroughly after showering. I was telling my mom about that. She said she always dries off every toe and in between. Duh! I never thought of that. I step out on a towel type mat, and walk away. I do keep my toe nail tool in the shower so it is handy and I can lean against the shower wall. Enough said. I can't sleep so I am just typing up a storm. I hope it makes sense. Sheryl
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