Avoid potential problems with your toenails by always giving them a thorough inspection when you are trimming or polishing them. Look for signs of thickening and yellowing of the nail that may be the indication of fungal toenail infection. Redness and swelling at the edge of a toenail may be a sign of an ingrown toenail problem.
2 major causes of toenail trouble definitely include:
1) Ingrown toenails—The correct cutting method will avoid many cases of this condition. Cut your toenails as straight across as possible. When you cut your nails on a curve, it can create conditions where the edge of the nail pushes into the tender skin that surrounds your tender toes. Getting rid of tight-fitting shoes like high heels is highly advised since they push your toes together so hard and increase the chances of getting other toe deformities.
2) Fungal toenails— Fungi proliferate in the dark, moist environment that is created inside your shoes. Whether you like it or not! And when the fungi find their way underneath your toenails, they want to stay, and it can be very hard to evict them. Antifungal meds can be very effective at discouraging these fellow travelers, and if you really want to make sure they are gone, the more expensive advanced laser treatment is also available.
If you are experiencing problems with your toenails, see your podiatrist for the most advanced treatments. At Your Next Step, our team of board-certified podiatrists has access to advanced technologies, along with years of experience, to help diagnose and treat a variety of foot and ankle problems, including sports injuries, joint pain, toe deformities, nail fungus, chronic tendon pain, and skin problems. Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich, and Dr. Aliza V. Eisen provide high-quality foot and ankle care to patients in the greater Philadelphia area at our offices conveniently located in Ardmore, Paoli, Woodlyn, and Downingtown. Please contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.