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Posts for tag: toenail trauma

By Dr. Rion Berg
October 26, 2017
Category: Fungus toenails

So your big toenail has turned black and you're wondering what to do about it. To set your mind at ease, black toenails usually come about because of trauma. It could be that you dropped something heavy on your toenail, but more then likely you were skiing, hiking, or running and your shoes were just a bit too tight.

But sometimes a black toenail can be the sign of toenail fungus or even worse, melanoma.

That's why it's so important not to never ignore a black toenail.

Fungal Nails
A black nail can be a sign of onychomycosis or fungal nails. In Seattle, our feet are covered in socks and shoes or boots most of the year. And many of us wear cotton socks that keep our feet slightly damp. This is the perfect environment for toenail fungus to thrive.

Runners and other active people also are at greater risk due to repetitive pressure on the nail bed which causes it to lift slightly allowing the fungus in where it can set up shop.

It's best to get this condition treated as early as possible to ensure the best chance of success.  To learn more about treatment visit our Seattle Fungal Toenail Center.

Melanoma
At worst a black toenail is diagnosed as melanoma, a very dangerous form of skin cancer. Melanoma tends to grow very slowly so it's important not to dismiss it. In fact, melanoma is the most common cancer of the feet. Unlike our face which we look at every day, many of us ignore our feet.

When found on the feet there is a much higher death rate due to this cancer which can spread throughout the body. That's because we are more likely to find it when it's already too advanced to adequately treat.

Related articles:

Protecting Your Feet From the Sun Can Avoid Skin Cancer Disaster
Guide to Eliminating Ugly Fungal Toenails

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Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.

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