Common Toe Nail Conditions
Black Or Darkened Toenails
Black toenails basically are bruised nails that can come from different problems. When nails turn dark or black, which can come from the toe or toes pressing up against the front of the shoe. In some cases, this bruising can turn into an infection of the toenail (toe nail fungus).
How does a podiatrist treat this black or dark toenail condition?
– Anti-fungal medication and trimming of the nail
– Laser toenail treatment
When the edges or corners of your nails grow into the skin right next to your nail, ingrown toenails occur. Often the big toe is the one that gets this condition.
Keep yourself from getting ingrown toenails by:
– Cutting your nails with no corners (straight instead of rounding).
– Buy and wear shoes that are not tight.
– If you work in a tough environment or construction, consider getting steel toe shoes.
– Taking consistent care of your feet and clean them often.
– Don’t cut your toenails too short.
Toe Nail Fungus
A very common infection of the toenail is toenail fungus. Toenail fungus is also known as onychomycosis. Usually people notice that they have toenail fungus when the toenail changes into discolorations of white, yellow or brown.
Read more about toenail fungus and treatments here.