Why Do Toenail Problems Occur?

Nails are a thickened extension of the skin’s top layer and are constructed of keratin, a very durable protein. Toenails are subjected to more stress than fingernails because of the shoes we wear and the presence of fungi and bacteria inside the shoe in addition to being more prone to damage from an impact. These factors combine to make it common for most people to deal with some type of toenail problem at some point in their lives such as:

  • Toenail Fungus
  • Toenail Injury
  • Ingrown Toenails
Toenails problems
Toenail problems

What is a Toenail Injury?

Trauma to the nail matrix can cause in an array of possible changes to the nail itself. Injury to the toenail can be repetitive and chronic such as friction caused by rubbing against a shoe when the person runs or walks. The injury can also be acute such as receiving an impact from a dropped item or the act of stubbing the toe. The nail matrix can bruise or bleed because of these traumas and the toenail can become thick or even fall off.

When Should I Go to the Doctor for a Toenails Injury?

You should go to the doctor if:

  • If there was an impact to the toenail, this is to rule out a fracture
  • If there is severe swelling, pain or redness of the toe
  • If there is discharge from under the toenail
  • If the nail is loose
  • If you have a circulation condition or diabetes
  • If there is discoloration in a stripe going across the nail

Call us at 727-842-9504 to make an appointment. Dr. Zafar will sit down with you and discuss options to proceed with.

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