Since turning the calendar over to 2016, many Texans have started running programs to improve physical conditioning, shed extra pounds (especially after the holidays!), and help boost self-esteem and confidence levels. This is a popular New Year’s resolution, and it’s easy to see why individuals would make this healthy choice.
Runners who train long distances—like those preparing for the Too Cold to Hold Half Marathon in Dallas on January 31—may observe dark toenails when taking off shoes and socks. When this is the case, it is time to explore treatment for black toenails. Fortunately, you can always find the care you need here at Richardson Podiatry Associates.
Before discussing treatment options, it is important to note that in rare cases a dark spot on a toenail is not caused by physical trauma from running, tight shoes, or dropping something on the foot, but is actually a sign of malignant melanoma. In such an instance, treatment at the earliest stage is essential for the best odds of recovery.
When treating discolored toenails that develop from common causes, we may use:
- Cautery– This entails burning a tiny hole in the nail tissue to allow the pooled liquid to drain.
- Sterile Needles – A large-gauge sterile needle can also be used to create a small hole so the liquid can drain.
- Nail Removal– This is more likely to be performed when the condition is severe and causes intense pain. We can remove a nail and then clean the affected area.
Depending on the specific case, we may prescribe medication to reduce the risk of infection or fight an existing one.
When you observe discoloration in your toenails, be sure to make an appointment with our office so that we can diagnose the condition. In all likelihood, we will be able to provide assurance that it is not a case of malignant melanoma before providing any necessary treatment for black toenails. Should it be a rare instance of cancer, we will help you find the oncology care you need.
Contact Richardson Podiatry Associates whenever you have an unusual foot, ankle, or toe condition, especially if there is pain or restricted motion. Our professionals have your health in mind, so feel free to call us at (972) 690-5374 for additional information. You can also schedule an appointment with our Richardson, TX foot doctor office online today.