All too often we take our feet for granted until we need help with a foot or ankle problem. This is especially true for our toenails. Except for regular trimming or pedicures, we usually ignore these very important parts of our feet. But you never know what problem may be hiding under your favorite shade of nail polish!
It’s a good idea to check your toes every day. This is especially important for patients with diabetes as a small issue with your foot or toenails can quickly worsen into a dangerous problem.
Here are some problems that everyone should watch for:
This very common problem occurs when the corner or side of your toenail grows right into the skin and soft flesh of the toe. The area will be painful and may be red, swollen and show signs of infection. Ingrown toenails are caused by rounding the nail when you trim it instead of cutting straight across. Wearing shoes that crowd the toes because they are too tight or too narrow can make the problem worse. Ingrown toenails must be treated professionally. Without proper treatment, the infection can get worse and possibly affect the underlying bone. Please call us if you observe any symptoms of an ingrown toenail.
A fungal infection on any of your toenails will cause a change in the nail color and the nail may thicken and crumble at the edge. Toenail fungus loves a moist, warm environment like the inside of your shoes. Although an over-the-counter treatment may appear to fix the problem, the nail fungus almost always comes back. A podiatrist’s diagnosis and treatment are essential for complete healing.
Toenails may become brittle from trauma or from repeated exposure to solvents like nail polish remover. A brittle nail is vulnerable to breaking, splitting or peeling in layers. Other causes of brittle nails include fungus, certain medical conditions, nutritional deficiencies, and psoriasis.
You can reduce the symptoms of a brittle nail by taking good care of your nails. Trim them carefully and moisturize frequently. If your symptoms persist it may be time to see your podiatrist. Give us a call or request your appointment online TODAY!
Cornerstone Foot & Ankle is a full service foot and ankle specialty office with locations in Sewell, Cherry Hill, Marlton, Mt. Holly, Woodbury, and Glassboro; serving the South Jersey region. We offer a full suite of services including surgery, fracture care, fungal nail care, diabetic foot care, pediatric podiatry, custom braces and orthotics, wound care, limb salvage, and treatments for arch pain, heel pain, and sports injuries; just to name a few. If it hurts below your knee, we can help you! CALL NOW or request your appointment online TODAY!