Toenail problems

Black Toenails

What are black toenails? Repeated trauma to the top of the toe can lead to dark or black toenails — a condition known as subungual hematoma. This condition is common among athletes or others who may wear tight shoes, which causes the toes to hit the end of the shoes during activities such as running or hiking. The dark color is the result of bruising under the nail. The toenail may even...

Fungal Toenails, Yellowed or Deformed Toenails

The most common cause of yellowed, thick and /or deformed toenails is a fungal infection of the toenail. The fungus that infects the nail, most commonly, is the same fungus that causes athletes foot. It tends to be slowly progressive, damaging the nail to a greater and greater degree over time. The infection usually starts at the tip of the nail and works its way back. It usually is not painful...

Ingrown Toenails

What is an ingrown toenail? An ingrown toenail occurs when the edges of your toenail grow into the skin surrounding the nail. At first, an ingrown toenail may be little more than an irritation, but, if ignored, it can grow infected, and become a more serious problem.Risks of ingrown toenails Patients with diabetes or poor circulation should note the risks that an ingrown toenail poses to...