Nail Problems

Nail Fungus

Toenails often serve as barometers of our health; they are diagnostic tools providing the initial signal of the presence or onset of systemic diseases. For example, the pitting of nails and increased nail thickness can be manifestations of psoriasis. Concavity—nails that are rounded inward instead of outward—can foretell iron deficiency anemia. Any of the following nail problems or discoloration or infection on or about the nail should be evaluated by one of our podiatric doctors by calling 215-334-9900 to schedule and appointment.

Ingrown Toenails is the most common nail impairment and are nails whose corners or sides dig painfully into the soft tissue of nail grooves leading to irritation, redness, swelling and sometimes painful infections.

People with diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, or other circulatory disorders must avoid any form of self treatment FOR INGROWN NAILS and call our office for treatment by one of our caring and highly qualified podiatric doctors as soon as possible.

Fungal Nails or onychomycosis, is a fungal infection of the nail often ignored because the infection can be present for years without causing any pain. The disease is characterized by a progressive change in a toenail's quality and color, which is most often ugly and embarrassing. The condition is an infection underneath the surface of the nail caused by tiny organisms causing the nail to become darker in color and foul smelling. Debris may collect beneath the nail plate and the infection is capable of spreading to other toenails, the skin, or even the fingernails. A secondary bacterial or yeast infection in or about the nail plate can also develop.

Black Toenails or Subungual Hematoma can be caused by the toes hitting the front end or the top of the toe area of shoes or sneaker. This can occur in athletes or people who have worn an improperly fitted shoe for a prolonged period of time. The dark color is a result of bruising under the toenail. Generally it is not painful, but injury caused to the toenail may allow a fungal infection to grow in the injured nail. Often the toenail may become loose and fall off. People who have diabetes must call for an appointment with one of our doctors immediately when they notice any change in the color of their toenail(s) because the pressure, which caused the bruising of the nail, can cause a small sore under the toenail, which can become infected and if left untreated can cause the amputation of that toe or more of the foot or leg. DO NOT WAIT, call 215-334-9900 or email us NOW.

The information on this site is provided for your assistance only; this site does not provide podiatric advice. You should never diagnose or treat yourself for a podiatric condition based on the information provided herein, and the information is not provided for that purpose. Likewise, you should never determine that treatment is unnecessary based on this information. The information contained herein is not a substitute for podiatric care provided by a licensed podiatric professional. The information provided herein is not podiatric, medical or professional advice. This site does not create a doctor-patient relationship. If you are feeling ill, please call your primary care physician, or other healthcare provider. In the case of an emergency, please go to the nearest hospital.

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