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Toenail Problem

Southwest Foot & Ankle

Podiatrists & Diabetic Foot Care Specialists located in St. George, UT & Ely, NV

Even though your toenails are supposed to protect your toes and are normally resilient to wear-and-tear, issues can certainly arise. If your toenails are causing pain or discomfort, or are becoming discolored, book an exam with David Magnesen, DPM, or Ryan Peterson, DPM, at Southwest Foot & Ankle in St. George, Utah, or Ely, Nevada, today. You can conveniently schedule your toenail problem evaluation through the website or you can call to speak with a team member at either location.

Toenail Problem Q & A

Which toenails problems do podiatrists treat?

Podiatrists can treat a wide variety of toenail problems, from inherited abnormalities to infections. Your dedicated podiatrist at Southwest Foot & Ankle can help you with any of the following types of toenail problems:

  • Nail fungus (onychomycosis)
  • Leukonychia (abnormal whitening)
  • Misshapen toenails
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Clubbed toenails

The podiatry team can also help you if you suffered from a toe injury. For example, if you dropped something heavy on your foot or stubbed your toe, your toenail may become damaged and turn dark in color or even fall off. If this occurs, medical intervention is important.

When should I see a podiatrist for toenail problems?

Southwest Foot & Ankle can help you with all of your toenail problems, minor to severe. The caring podiatrists encourage you to come in to either clinic for a toenail evaluation if you notice:

  • Throbbing or electrical sensations
  • Yellowing or discoloration
  • Brittleness or flaking
  • Redness or swelling

You should also have a toenail evaluation if you find that your symptoms are causing you to avoid putting pressure on your foot. For instance, if you have to change your gait to minimize pressure on your toes and forefoot, medical intervention is important.

What is the treatment for a toenail problem?

Your dedicated podiatrist at Southwest Foot & Ankle examines your feet and talks with you about your toenail issues. Depending on your symptoms, you might need an in-office X-ray or lab test to confirm the underlying condition or rule out certain issues. Once your podiatrist diagnoses your nail issue, they counsel you about your condition and why it occurred.

Common treatments for toenail problems include:

  • Antibiotic medications
  • Medicated nail polish
  • Oral antifungals
  • Antiviral creams or ointments

In-office toenail surgery may be necessary if your podiatrist needs to remove all or some of your toenails. With toenail surgery, your podiatrist numbs your toe, gently loosens and trims your nail, and applies topical medications. They teach you how to care for your treated toe and how to prevent further toenail issues.

Southwest Foot & Ankle treats all types of toenail problems right in the office. If you’re experiencing any kind of toenail issues, request an evaluation through our website or by phone with either clinic.