Toenail Troubles

Spring and summer are right around the corner, so get ready to show off your toes! Your toenails are the first thing people notice when they look at your feet so make sure they are in tip-top shape. However, there are some toenail problems that can really affect the look of your feet!

The first embarrassing condition is toenail fungus. This affects the appearance of the nail as well as the root. It’s actually caused by the same type of fungus that causes athlete’s foot. In fact, if you have athlete’s foot, you might be at a greater risk for toenail fungus. White, brown, or yellow discoloration around your toenail is a common sign of this fungal infection. Thickening and debris around your toenail are also common symptoms.

Ingrown toenails can also affect the appearance of your nails. They occur when the edge of the toenail grows into the skin. It most commonly occurs on the big toe. This results in pain, redness, swelling, and pus, which are all signs of an infection. The easiest way to fix this is to have the ingrown part of the nail removed by a podiatrist.

Finally, toenail trauma can really cramp your spring style. Trauma is simply when your toenail gets hurt! Trauma to the toenail can be repetitive and is usually caused by rubbing against the shoe when you are moving or running. It can also be a one-time occurrence, such as banging your toe or dropping something on it. Toenail trauma can cause a secondary infection if part of the nail comes loose. Also, trauma can cause the bone beneath the toenail to break.

These toenail problems, along with other skin problems, are commonly seen by Dr. Bass at Central Jersey Foot & Ankle Care in Manalapan, NJ. Please feel free to check out our website for more useful information or call for an appointment for a thorough foot examination.