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Early Care is Best for Nail Problems

There are many types of toenail problems. A change in your toenails can be alarming, embarrassing and even painful. Unfortunately, feet are often covered up and ignored, so often symptoms appear but are not noticed or treated until they have progressed. Your toenails are also a diagnostic tool that can give clues to the presence or onset of certain conditions. For this reason, any symptom, big or small should be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.

If you suffer from an ingrown toenail or a fungal nail infection, it is good to know that there is a foot specialist such as Dr. Philip Pinkser who has the state-of the art treatments you need to bring your nails back to health. Many nail problems are progressive in nature and, if left untreated, can lead to serious pain and complications.

This information is intended to help you. If you have a toenail problem and don’t know what to do about it, gather some information here and then call Dr. Pinsker to set up an appointment. He can diagnose the root of your problem and begin a tailored treatment plan to get your feet back to health.

The following are some common situations that may occur with your toenails:

Black Toenails

While it can be a disturbing discovery to see your nail black and blue, it is essentially just a bruise that has happened after some sort of trauma. When your toe hits the end or top of your shoe, has something dropped on it, or gets jammed into the ground, blood can collect under the nail. Called a subungal hematoma, this is what causes the discoloration to the nail. A fungal infection can also be the cause of a black toenail.

In some cases, the problem is minor and heals on its own over time as the nail grows out. There are times, though, when a bruise causes significant pain and pressure and needs professional attention to relieve the discomfort. If you have discoloration over more than ¼ of your nail and feel pain and pressure, don’t wait to have Dr. Pinsker take a look at it. A serious infection could develop if left untreated. Make an appointment as soon as symptoms start to develop.

Ingrown Toenails

This is a very common toenail problem that we treat regularly at our office in Washington, PA. It occurs when the nail grows into the skin that surrounds it. In most cases, this problem develops from improper trimming of the toenail and often occurs with the nail on the big toe. Cutting nails too short or curved can make them prone to growing downward into surrounding skin.

Other causes for this nail condition include wearing shoes that are too tight, an injury, a fungus infection, and heredity. Left untreated, an ingrown nail can become extremely tender, red, swollen and possibly infected. Dr. Pinsker can offer simple ways you can treat it at home or provide more thorough procedures for severe situations. Call our office for treatment at (724) 225-7410.

Nail Fungus

A fungal nail infection is a very common toenail problem and one that can go unnoticed or persist for years without causing discomfort. It is caused by fungus or bacteria that are passed from person to person or that are picked up in damp, warm areas such as public pools, showers and locker rooms. It generally starts under the surface of the nail and can appear as a small spot on the nail. Progressive in nature, over time the fungus eats away at the protein that makes our nails strong and hard, leaving them discolored, thickened, crumbling and even smelling foul.

This type of nail problem can be stubborn and resistant to treatment so it is essential to attack it as soon as symptoms appear. Whether you are at the beginning stages or have an infection that has significantly progressed, Dr. Pinsker can offer a variety of effective treatment options. Visit our office to have your symptoms diagnosed and treatment started, especially if you have a secondary condition such as diabetes.

To find out more on the best ways to care for your feet, order a copy of Dr. Pinsker’s book, Got Feet: A User’s Guide to Foot and Ankle Health. Click on the image of the book on our homepage to get your FREE copy sent to you today!