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Pain Around the Toenails

Tuesday, 16 August 2022 00:00

 

Although they make up relatively small areas of the toes, toenails are critical components of your feet. Therefore, when you are experiencing toenail pain, you should not ignore it. There are a variety of different potential causes to keep in mind that might be affecting your toenails. First, you might have experienced some kind of toenail trauma, from injuring the toenail, stubbing it, or cramming it into ill-fitting footwear. The trauma might cause the toenail to bruise underneath, which might feel painful. You may feel a sensation of pressure at the affected toenail. Second, your toenail pain might be caused by an ingrown toenail. This kind of condition occurs when the side of the toenail essentially grows into the skin surrounding the nail. It can occur if the nail is abnormally shaped, making it easy for the skin to grow on top of the nail. Third, your toenail pain might be a result of some kind of fungal infection, such as athlete’s foot. Fungal infections at or around the toenails can cause redness, a splitting in the nail, and significant pain. These are only some of the potential causes of your toenail pain. If you are experiencing toenail pain, consider contacting a podiatrist who can help you identify and address the problem.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Rosa Roman of Ankle and Foot Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking

Diagnosis

In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Bloomfield, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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