Common Toenail Problems
Your toenails are just as important as your foot or any other part of your body. This is because your toenails can alert your doctor of the beginning or several conditions. For example, toenails that are hollow instead of being rounded can indicate an iron deficiency or anemia. Increased nail thickness, or bumps on the nail, can be psoriasis, a skin disease. Your foot doctor will check your toenails to make sure they are healthy. Healthy nails are pink, free of dirt, and grow into the grooves normally. Your podiatrist can give you a variety of treatment options for any and all your toenail problems. Common conditions of your toenails include ingrown toenails, thickened nails, fungal infections, other infections, and trauma.
Who gets nail problems?
All ages of people can go through changes with their toenails including thick, brittle, curved, discolored, infected, and grooved nails. As you grow older, you are more likely to develop toenail problems because you are prone to have poor circulation.
What causes nail problems?
Toenail problems can be caused by warts, tumors under the nail bed, infection, or poor circulation. One major cause to problems is incorrectly fitting shoes that press too tightly on the toenails. Another major cause is injury to the nail that causes bruising or an infection. This can cause permanent nail deformity.
** If you have any sudden changes in color or shape of your nail, sign of infection, freckles develop under then nail, or you have pain, call our office at (615) 220-8788 or request an appointment online. For more information about nail problems, visit our website at www.neufoot.com.
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