Toenail Problems

What’s wrong with my toenail? This may be what you’re wondering if you notice that one or more of your toenails are discolored, brittle or causing you pain. Toenails endure a lot of stress throughout the day, from wearing shoes that are too tight to injuries. Whether you are dealing with toenail fungus, a black toenail or an inflamed ingrown toenail, Dr. Louis Galli and Dr. Diane Castro at Galli Podiatric Foot and Ankle Associates can treat these common toenail problems.

Toenail Fungus

While a fungal infection may not seem like a big deal they can be rather difficult to treat on your own. Untreated fungal infections can spread to other toenails and cause permanent damage to nails, which is why it’s important to get this infection under control.

While there are topical antifungal medications that you can use to treat the infection, our podiatrists can provide you with an oral antifungal, which is usually far more effective at treating fungal infections than topical treatment. Those dealing with persistent or severe fungal infections may want to consider laser therapy.

Ingrown Toenails

An ingrown toenail occurs when the side or edge of the nail grows into the skin, leading to tenderness and pain. Most of the time an ingrown toenail will grow out on its own without complication; however, if you have diabetes or nerve damage in your feet then something as simple as an ingrown toenail could lead to a serious infection.

Even healthy individuals may experience complications from an ingrown toenail. If at-home care isn’t treating the problem or if the ingrown toenail is showing signs of infection (e.g. significant pain and swelling; redness; pus) then it’s time to see a foot doctor who can treat the infection and also decide the best course of action for getting rid of the ingrown toenail.

Black Toenails

Since toenails are naturally white it’s very clear that something is wrong when the nail changes color. While you may notice yellowing when the nail has a fungal infection a black toenail could be a sign of a nutrition deficiency, a specific disease or trauma. If you haven’t experienced direct trauma to the nail then this black spot could be a warning sign of a severe fungal infection, melanoma or a health problem (e.g. diabetes; kidney disease), all of which require immediate medical care.

If you are dealing with toenail fungus or other toenail problems our podiatry team is here to provide you with the proper medical care you need. Call Galli Podiatric Foot and Ankle Associates in Manhattan at (212) 262-4588 to schedule a consultation.

Are you having issues with your toenail? Get treatments at Galli Podiatric Foot and Ankle Associates in Manhattan, call 212-262-4588 for an appointment!