Nail Problems

Ingrown Toenails

An ingrown toenail is a common condition that involves the corner of the toenail growing into the skin of the toe, causing pain, swelling and infection. This can occur as a result of wearing shoes that are too small or tight, cutting the toenails too short, injury to the toenail or a naturally curved toenail. While this condition can affect any toe, it most commonly affects the big toe. If left untreated, an ingrown toenail is likely to develop an infection and may even require surgery to remove the nail.

Some ingrown toenails can be treated at home by soaking the toe in warm water, and applying an antibiotic cream. When this treatment fails, you should seek our services. Your ingrown toenail may need surgery. Your surgery can be performed in the comfort and convenience of our office, using the latest techniques and local anesthesia. The offending ingrown nail border can be removed. For chronic ingrown toenails, the ingrown side of the nail is removed back to the cuticle. The base of the nail is treated with a chemical to prevent the ingrown part from growing back.

Fungal Nails

Onychomycosis, fungal infection of the nail, is often ignored because the infection can be present for years without causing any pain or problems. A progressive change in the nail quality and color is often how this problem is characterized and can be ugly and embarrassing for the person with the infection. The toenails are vulnerable to microscopic organisms like fungi and almost impossible to avoid when around damp areas. Injury to the nail bed can make it more susceptible for all type of infection, especially fungal infection. Patients who suffer from diabetes, circulatory problems, or other chronic diseases are especially prone to fungal nails.

You should visit your podiatrist when you notice any type of discoloration, thickening, or deformity of your toenails. Treatments for fungal nails vary and the earlier you seek this treatment, the greater chance you have at getting your nails cleared up faster.

Blackened Toenails

Blackened toenails are caused by rubbing of your toenails against the front of your shoe for a long period of time. During this time, a blood blister forms under the nail, and the blister can't breathe, so it takes a lot longer to heal.

Black toenails can be fairly common among runners. Typically the nail turns black and will usually fall off when a new nail eventually grows in. Runners who are training for long-distance or do a lot of downhill running are more likely to see this change of color in the nails on their feet due to their toes constantly rubbing up against the front of their shoes.

Prevention for blackened nails is simple: make sure to wear correct running shoes in the proper size, trim your toenails regularly, and keep your feet dry for as long as possible during long runs.