kind of interesting.

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   Posted 9/26/2009 5:41 PM (GMT -7)   

Toes that bump upward at the tips

What it means: When the very tips of the toes swell to the point where they lose their usual angle and appear to bump upward at the ends, it's called "digital clubbing" or "Hippocratic clubbing" after Hippocrates, who described the phenomenon 2,000 years ago. It's a common sign of serious pulmonary (lung) disease, including pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer. Heart disease and certain gastrointestinal diseases, such as Crohn's disease, are also associated with clubbing.

More clues: Fingers can be clubbed as well as toes. It can happen in just some digits, or in all.

What to do: Treatment depends on the underlying cause, so report this serious symptom to a doctor. (Physicians are also well trained to look for clubbed digits during exams.)


i found this on the internet and just thought it was kind of interesting. i had noticed that my big toes and fingers are tipped up but never thought anything of it now that ive been diagnosed it was just kind of interesting to read.

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   Posted 9/26/2009 6:32 PM (GMT -7)   
My fingers are, one of the docs who saw me in the hospital showed that to me. Toes aren't, though.
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Currently on Remicade, Imuran, probiotics, folic acid, multivitamin.

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   Posted 9/26/2009 7:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I've heard this before too, I myself do not have it on neither my toes or fingers.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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   Posted 9/27/2009 7:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow, weird. I used to google search this type of clubbing to try and figure it out.  My son has autism. The toenails on each of his big toes (no other digits) flip up at the edges and are a bit concave.  He was scoped when he was three, as lots of kids on the spectrum are found to have GI diseases/issues. His scope came up clean, other than showing some esophageal inflammation (which would explain the reflux he has).  Fast forward four more years, my daughter, the picture of health and neurotypical, is diagnosed with Crohn's. She does not have any abnormal toenails or fingernails. Weird.
Posts refer to my 9 year old girl
  • Started with 30 mg Prednisone, tapered off over 3 months

Then continued with:

  • Pentasa, 3 blue horse-sized capsules, 3 x daily
  • Forvia multivitamin/mineral for Crohnies
  • Coromega
  • Calcium
  • VSL#3, 2 x day
  • Custom Probiotics: 6-Strain Blend, 1 x day
  • Culturelle, 1 x day

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