What Black Toenails Can Mean for Foot Health
Bruised or blackened toenails can appear due to an injury or a variety of other problems. Nails may also turn a dark color due to the toe hitting the end or the top of the patient's shoe. In some cases, the bruise may lead to the development of a fungal infection in the nail.
The following treatment options may be used in treating a bruised nail:
- Trimming. The nail may need to be trimmed back.
- A topical antifungal medication. A topical antifungal medication should be applied after the nail is trimmed back. This is especially important if the skin is ulcerated. If the skin is broken, an infection is more likely to develop.
- If a fungal infection has developed in the nail, see a podiatrist for further treatment.
If you have a bruised nail that occurred due to injury, the nail may eventually fall off. This is normal and a new, healthy nail will grow in its place. Patients who are diabetic should always contact our office at (888) 713-0906 to set up an evaluation if they notice any change in the color of their nails. The pressure that is causing the bruised nail may lead to a small sore under the toenail, which can lead to infection. It is always important to see a doctor for proper treatment if you suspect an infection. Infections can escalate quickly, especially in diabetic patients, and can become dangerous for the patient's health.