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Why Has My Toenail Turned Black?

Monday, 22 February 2021 00:00

A toenail that has turned black, whether suddenly or gradually, can be an alarming sight. Sometimes, a toenail may turn black following repetitive injuries to the nail. In many cases, the nail can grow out naturally, but in more severe cases when the nail begins to lift off of the nail bed, medical attention will be required. A one-time blunt force injury, like dropping a heavy piece of furniture on your toes, can also turn your toenail black and often causes pain and swelling. Fungal nail infections typically cause toenails to turn white or yellow, but as debris builds up near the infection, the toenail can also turn black. Natural changes in pigmentation that can occur with age may turn the nails darker in people with darker skin. Other potential causes of black toenails include melanoma, and underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, and anemia. If you notice a change in the color of your toenails, it is suggested that you seek the care of a podiatrist.

For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Port Richmond Family Footcare. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Lumberton, NJ, Philadelphia, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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