This nail condition occurs when the toes collide with the front of the shoe as the foot impacts the ground. This repetitive motion can create a blister under the toenail that causes excess fluid and blood to pool beneath the nail, giving it a blackened appearance. In many cases, this toe problem may go away on its own after 24 hours. If it persists, podiatric assistance is usually necessary. Over the next few months the damaged nail and tissue will grow out and full regrowth of the nail should occur after three months. For the prevention and treatment of black toenail, patients should try to get the right kind of shoes for their activities.
Our podiatric office in Medford is ready and willing to help patients of all walk of life through any toe or nail problems. Our office can be contacted at 541-776-3338 and appointments with Dr. Evan Merrill can be scheduled online.