Your body has many ways to indicate that something is wrong, like when tissue changes color or appears different than it usually looks. Such is the case with black toenails. When you observe a discolored toenail, Richardson Podiatry Associates is your resource for finding the care you need.
Various Causes of Black Toenails
The reason for certain conditions can be rather straightforward, but discolored nails could have several causes:
- Injury or physical trauma to a nail or toe. This is the most likely cause of this condition, with the discoloration resulting from bruising or blood pooling under a toenail (subungual hematoma) in response to physical trauma. Specific causes of trauma are auto accidents, stubbing a toe, and dropping something heavy on the foot.
- Repetitive trauma. Instead of a singular event, this injury is often developed by runners when a toenail repeatedly hits the front or top of a running shoe.
- Footwear that doesn’t fit correctly. For some patients, shoes that are too tight or too short go hand-in-hand with repeated trauma to cause this problem.
- Fungal nail infection. The most noticeable symptom of toenail fungus tends to be discoloration of the nail tissue.
- Malignant melanoma. Fortunately, this is rare, but melanoma is a serious condition when present. For this reason, discolored toenails should be checked out at our Richardson, TX office.
Expert Toenail Treatment in Richardson, TX
Have you noticed nail discoloration on any of your toes? Come into our Richardson, TX foot doctor’s office and have us examine it for you. We will provide any care you might need, so contact Richardson Podiatry Associates by calling (972) 690-5374 or scheduling your appointment online.