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Common Toenail Conditions

Stubbed your toe? Not the only foot woe!

Believe it or not, toenail troubles are a super common reason people visit podiatrists (foot doctors!). We see all sorts of foot and ankle issues, but toenail problems are right up there. Here's a quick guide to some of the most frequent offenders:

  • Ingrown Toenails: These are like the pop stars of toenail problems - we see them all the time! They can cause anything from a little annoyance in certain shoes to a full-on infected toe. The key is to catch them early. Any weird feeling around your toenail? Come see us! Don't wait until it's a big issue. Left untreated, ingrown nails can become chronic (think: permanent problem). The sooner we see you, the sooner you'll be pain-free.

  • Fungal Infections: Another superstar of foot problems! Our feet are in shoes all day, every day. Imagine all that sweat building up inside - it's like a fungus party in there! Dark, damp, and warm - perfect for fungus growth. But fear not! We can diagnose the problem and get rid of that fungus with modern treatments.

  • Pincer Nails: These nails have a super curved shape that digs into the sides of your toes, causing pain and sometimes infection. There are many reasons why this happens, but the result is always the same - ouch!

  • Thickened Nails: Podiatrists call this "onychogryphosis," but basically, it means your nails are extra thick. Sometimes people mistake this for a fungus, but it might be something else entirely. We've got lots of ways to help your nails look normal again.

  • Psoriasis: This autoimmune disease can affect your nails too. If you have psoriasis, it's important to let your podiatrist know about your full medical history, even if it seems unrelated.

This is just a glimpse of the many toenail problems we treat. The most important thing? Don't hesitate to come see us if you have any toenail concerns!

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