Three Common Toenail Problems
Many people don’t pay attention to the health of their feet, forcing them into painful, inappropriate shoes, or ignoring pain that should be looked at by a podiatrist. But a more specific part of our feet that we tend to ignore that is very important is our toenails. Our toenails can actually say a lot about our health in general and we should pay attention to them.
The presence of several diseases can be signaled by the condition our toenails. For example, people with anemia or iron deficiency can have hollow instead of rounded toenails. The condition of our toenails can also indicate psoriasis, a skin disease, and because they are the part of our body that is furthest away from our heart, they are usually the first part of body to show signs of poor circulation as well.
Look at your toenails and inspect them regularly. If your toenails are healthy, they will be pink, free of dirt or impairment, and will grow into the grooves normally.
The first common toenail problem is the most common and that is ingrown toenails. You may inherit ingrown toenails or they could be caused by improperly trimming your nails, wearing shoes that put pressure on your toes, or trauma. Some ingrown toenails can be treated at home, but a minor surgical procedure can be performed in your podiatrist’s office to treat ingrown toenails as well.
Another common toenail problem is thickened nails. Usually thickened nails are caused by injury or infection. Maybe you suffered from a fungus infection or dropped a heavy object on your toe. This problem is easily treated by a podiatrist, who can painlessly thin down the thickened nail.
The last common toenail problem is fungal infection. This problem is more troublesome and sometimes more difficult to treat. Often nails suffering from a fungal infection will be thickened, discolored, and separated on the front of the nail from the nail bed. These infections need to be treated because they often stay in the nail and can infect the nail bed as well. They can be treated with anti-fungal medications or with a new treatment that we have available in the office, toenail laser treatment, in which a concentrated beam of light energy is applied to the nail to kill the fungus underneath.
For more information on toenail fungus, you can visit our website www.nashvilletoenailfungus.com. To set up an appointment with us, you can call our office toll-free at 888-713-0906 or at 615-220-8788 or you can request an appointment online.
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