Grabbed a dental floss leader/threader. Is just the right amount of flexibility to work its way under the edge.
Pushed under the edge, and doubled back. This gave it some air space to dry out.
Looped the loop back around on top of toenail, and taped it down for a couple days.
3 days later, toe edge not sore anymore.
Next, i used the loop to pull under the edge, a half inch long piece of teflon pipe tape.
Skin aired out, and infection/bruising stopped.
back to normal toes, and back to sandals for summer.
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My ex-husband suffered from these his entire life. He worked retail as his day job and was a musician the rest of the time He was on his feet all day.
Here is how I stopped the pain cycle. You cannot stop the way the nail grows into and around the toe, you have to work with what is there.
When he would get out of the shower, about once a week or so, he would immediately present his feet to me for maintenance. With tweezers I would very gently pull out the dead layers of skin that build up between the nail bed (cuticle) and the nail edge. Not all but just what was starting to flake away. This allowed a thicker barrier to build up between the flesh and the nail without trying to change the fact that the nail was going to be there. This removed the pressure while allowing the callus to protect the skin. We always trimmed his nails straight, never allowing a point or top of the nail to press into the area. To cut the nail away and remove the thick layer of skin that could form a callus just seemed to keep creating the problem over and over again. His mother did this to him for years! He was almost always in constant pain. I sure hope his current wife learned the technique!
Hope this is clear, if not I can try to draw a diagram
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posted 7 years ago
Gemma, that almost makes me want to give up the single life
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posted 7 years ago
I recommend the non single state in whatever form you prefer But only with a kindred spirit, someone who truly "gets" you.
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