Common Toenail Ailments

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
December 27, 2017

Podiatrists often see an array of different problems enter their office. They can be foot, nail, or even ankle problems. There is not a condition that is too small or too big for a podiatrist. Arthritis, bunions, spurs, chronic pain, fungus, ulcers, and other foot and ankle conditions are all part of their typical routine. Over time, it is evident that some of these conditions occur more commonly than others. The toenails have three common problems that are treated in the office of a podiatrist. They are not usually life threatening, but it is important to have these three conditions checked out right away if you are exhibiting symptoms.

Fungus - When you have a green or yellow colored nail, you usually have toenail fungus. Fungus is an infection of the nail. It is usually caused by the buildup of bacteria. Fungus likes to spread in damp, dark moist places such as wet shoes, wet socks, or other similar situations. It can cause a nail to thicken and discolor or become brittle and break down. Fungus is tough to treat but is not undying. Podiatrist’s often use antifungal medications to kill the toenail fungus and prevent it from returning to the nail. Over the counter medications can seem promising, but they do not work as well as a medicine prescribed by a podiatrist.

Thickening and Discoloration - Having a hard time clipping your nails? Are they very thick and a little discolored? Are they yellowing or becoming opaque? This may be a sign of nail disease and should be treated by a podiatrist, such as Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. He can examine the nailbed and determine the cause.

Ingrown Toenail - Ingrown nails are very common in the world of podiatry. This condition can also be very painful and put the patient at risk for complications. It occurs when the nail grows, curves and cuts into or embeds itself into the skin of the toe. It can cause an infection that will further harm the toe and that can spread to the foot. Podiatrists can cut the problematic nail with special clippers. Sometimes, if the nail is very embedded into the foot, a foot surgery must be performed to remove the nail and prevent or treat infection.

If you think that you may be suffering from any of the problems listed above, it is important that you get them checked out by a podiatrist. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Dr. Cohen will examine, diagnose and treat your toenail so you can live a healthier and happier lifestyle.