Who knew? Those little guys living so far down there can cause you problems! You wouldn’t even really think about them if you didn’t have to trim them periodically. (Let’s be honest, no one wants to see long toenail claws!)
But getting back to the matter at foot, while your toenails are small parts of the body, they are susceptible to 3 common problems that can be embarrassing:
● Common Causes: Trimming toenails improperly (too short or too round), Tight Shoes that put excessive pressure on your toenails, or Genetics
● Treatment Options: The safest manner in which to treat ingrown toenails is to have our podiatrist use sterile tools to fix them.
● Common Causes: Contagious fungal infection (onychomycosis) from barefoot sharing of communal areas, towels, shoes, or unsanitary pedicure tools. Weakened immune systems make you more prone to an infection that spreads to all the toenails.
● Treatment Options: You can try over-the-counter topical antifungal medications like clotrimazole or terbinafine. Our podiatrist can prescribe you stronger topical medications or oral antifungals to combat persistent toenail fungus.
● Common Causes: Medical conditions like diabetes or anemia, melanoma (skin cancer under the toenail), or traumatic injury to the toenails. (If an item is dropped on the toenails or there is a sports injury to the toenails, the blood vessels under the toenail can pop and make it look black.)
● Treatment Options: It’s best to get proper treatment for medical conditions to allow for healthy new toenail growth. A black toenail due to injury can eventually heal. Use ice and NSAIDs for pain relief. If a black toenail does not go away over the next few weeks, you should come see our podiatrists.
The best way to prevent toenail problems is to take good care of your feet. Wash them daily with soap and warm water to reduce risks of fungal infection. Additionally, trim toenails straight across, rather than in a round shape. Finally, wear shoes that fit properly and treat injuries with the RICE method.
For an evaluation to determine the best solution for ongoing toenail problems, make an appointment with us at The Podiatry Group. Our podiatrists can perform a thorough assessment at our Jonesboro, AR office to treat your feet and ankles and keep them healthy.