When a body part is a different color than normal, it can be a clear indication that something is wrong. Such is the case with black toenails. In this condition, the soft tissue in your nailbed has either become bruised, started bleeding (subungual hematoma), or is possibly displaying a sign of cancer. Fortunately, most of the times cancer is not the cause of the dark discoloration, but it is still important to know when to come see Dallas Podiatry Works and receive the black toenail treatment you need.
The most apparent symptom of this particular condition is discoloration of the affected nails. Contrary to the name, black toenails can actually be a range of colors. These may appear to be reddish, brownish, greenish, or purplish, too. In addition to the color, you might experience pain, foul odor, or discharge coming out from under the nail.
There are a couple different causes of black toenails, including:
There are a variety of steps you can take to decrease your risk of black toenails. While you might not be able to completely eliminate the risk altogether, you can find benefit from the following steps:
For minor cases of black toenails caused by trauma, you may simply need to wait it out until the bruise in the nailbed goes away. Even so, it is still a good idea to come in and have our experts check it out to ensure there is not a greater concern.
When treatment is necessary, we may need to drain out any pooled blood. The processes we can use to do so include removing a nail or creating a hole either by puncturing or burning the nail tissue. You can expect the hole to remain in the nail until new tissue has grown, which will happen in time. Early care is best to ensure that your toenail returns to its normal state and color.
No matter the cause behind your black toenails, Dallas Podiatry Works has the expert foot doctors you need to provide an accurate diagnosis and create an effective treatment plan. Contact us today by calling us at 972.853.7100 or use our online form and schedule your appointment at either our Dallas or Plano, TX offices.
The doctor has great “bedside manners” when talking to patients. Great staff and comfortable atmosphere.
The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of foot care.
I would highly recommend Dr. Brook to anyone with foot problems–especially problems that stump other podiatrists. He really is very caring and very knowledgeable.
Dr. Joel Brook and the staff were nice and helpful. Though I was a new patient, I got right in as soon as they were open in my preferred location. They diagnosed the problem and provided medicines along with a perfect gel bandage so I could keep exercising while my toes healed. My toes already hurt less and look a little better each day. If I have future issues, I will be a repeat customer. Here’s hoping I don’t, but at least I know my feet are in good hands.
I visited this office for an ingrown toe nail a few years ago. After seeing another doctor, who made it worse, he referred me to Dallas Podiatry Works. The doctor there was able to fix my problem. I’m not great with reviews, all I can tell you is that this doctor and staff will have you up and running or doing whatever it is you do in no time. You will be in great hands. You’d be a fool not to use this doctor. Now its time to visit him again for the other toe.
Been having bad ankle pains for 6 months was referred here and it was a great visit ladies in the front desk medical assistants and the Doctor were all very friendly and make you feel very comfortable.
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