Patient Education Term Category: Nail Problems

Fungal Nails

Fungal infections can develop underneath the toenail surface, often as a result of other fungal foot infections. Fungal nails, or onychomycosis, can be harder to treat than other foot fungi, such as athlete’s foot; they can be accompanied by bacterial and/ or yeast infections that affect the nail plate as a result of the fungal […]

Glomus Tumor

A Glomus tumor is a rare benign growth mainly found under the nails; either in the hands or feet. Glomus tumors are formed when blood vessels connect from the small arteries to the small veins. These lesions may be extremely painful. Surgical excision of the small tumor is often favored for treatment. Recurrence after surgical […]

Black Toenails

Black toenails (subungual hematomas) are bruised toenails that result from blood collecting under the nail. They can be caused by crushing, impact, or injury to the toe, such as dropping something heavy on or stubbing the toe. Runners frequently suffer from black toenails due to the big toe rubbing against the tip of an ill-fitting […]

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails, known as onychocryptosis, most commonly occur on the big toe and are caused by pressure that drives the edge of the nail into the surrounding skin. Ingrown toenails can result from improper nail trimming, injuries, fungal infections, and toe deformities; they can also be inherited. The condition causes pain, redness, inflammation, swelling, and […]