Any sort of color change to your toenail could be a warning sign that there is some kind of damage. There may only be a slight problem, such as a bruise that is right on the surface. However, you may have discoloration that points to a problem that should be addressed. When you need help, you can look to the professionals at Mill Creek Foot and Ankle Clinic for black toenails treatment and surgery in Renton.
One major reason why a toenail could turn black is that there is blood pooling up underneath the hard tissue. Trauma can cause blood to begin leaking through the nail bed, which can lead to staining the nail with the dark or black color. Also known as a subungal hematoma, this is a bruise under the toenail.
Even though this is a condition that is unsightly in nature, it is not going to be painful for every patient. For some people, once the nail turns black it will eventually start to pull away and then fall of all by itself. However, if you are starting to have a great deal of pain and/or pressure in the toe, you will need to have it looked at by a professional.
Severe damage to the toe could include a laceration under the nail, a fractured bone or an infection that is starting to fester. When you come in for an appointment, we will be able to determine whether or not you have an infection and if you need to have a hole drilled to release the fluid or if the nail should be surgically removed.
Are you looking for black toenails treatment and surgery in Renton? Call Mill Creek Foot and Ankle Clinic at (425)482-6663 to schedule your consultation.